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The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

I’m back with another book from the International Booker Prize 2021 longlist! When I first saw the list, The Perfect Nine was one of the books that I was immediately drawn to and I was really looking forward to reading it. I probably would have picked it up in a few years time if I… Continue reading The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

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#CCSpin 27 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 6! Click here to see my spin list. I’m just going to give a quick summary of the book in this post and a few stats like the number of pages, the edition I’m using, and other stuff. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary… Continue reading #CCSpin 27 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

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An Introduction to English Renaissance Prose

As the title of this post implies, this is an introduction to some of the different types of prose written in Renaissance England. Although there are no set dates for when the ‘Renaissance’ happened in England (although it was certainly later than Italy), I’ll be using examples from between 1558 and 1649 – the beginning… Continue reading An Introduction to English Renaissance Prose

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Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Title: My Brilliant FriendAuthor: Elena FerranteTranslator: Ann GoldsteinPublisher: Europa EditionsDate: 2014 (1973)Genre: Fiction / BildungsromanSummary: My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and… Continue reading Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

Title: Perfume: The Story of a MurdererAuthor: Patrick SüskindTranslator: John E. WoodsPublisher: Penguin BooksDate: 2010 (1985)Genre: Historical fiction / Fantasy / MysterySummary: In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odours of Paris, and… Continue reading Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Dekker (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #8)

Happy Saturday! It has been a couple of months since I wrote about one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries but I’m back today with a post about Thomas Dekker. Enjoy… Thomas Dekker (c.1572 – 1632) was an English dramatist and pamphleteer. His career spanned both the late Elizabethan era, the entire Jacobean era, and the early years… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Dekker (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #8)

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Arthur Golding and Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Ovid’s Metamorphoses is one of the most influential pieces of literature that has ever been written and today’s post is about Arthur Golding’s 1567 English translation of this well-known text. If you don’t know who Arthur Golding is or why this translation is considered ‘important’ for English literature, don’t worry because that’s what today’s post… Continue reading Arthur Golding and Ovid’s Metamorphoses