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Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Title: Assassin’s ApprenticeAuthor: Robin HobbPublisher: Harper VoyagerDate: 2014 (1995)Genre: FantasySummary: In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the… Continue reading Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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Early Modern Mondays: Top 5 Tragedies

I’m starting a new monthly series on my blog called Early Modern Mondays and I just wanted to start this new series by exploring my top five early modern tragedies. These plays aren’t necessarily the “best” tragedies written during the era but they’re my favourites and I’ll explain why they’re my favourites in this post.… Continue reading Early Modern Mondays: Top 5 Tragedies

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

Happy Saturday! Shakespeare Saturdays are back and I’m kicking things off with Much Ado About Nothing.  Probably written around 1598, Much Ado About Nothing is a Shakespearean comedy. It was published in quarto in 1600, where the title page states that the play was ‘sundry times publicly acted’, allowing the play to be dated to… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

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Book Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Title: Cards on the TableAuthor: Agatha ChristiePublisher: HarperCollinsDate: 2016 (1936)Genre: Crime & Mystery / ClassicsSummary: A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players… Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to… Continue reading Book Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

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Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

Today’s post is a mini-review of Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý! I intended for these ‘International Booker Prize 2021’ posts to be longer than my usual reviews but I just didn’t have much to say about this one. Title: WretchednessAuthor: Andrzej TichýTranslator: Nichola SmalleyPublisher: And Other StoriesDate: 2020 (2016)Genre: FictionSummary: Waiting by the canal in Malmö,… Continue reading Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

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Book Review: London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

Title: London Labour and the London PoorAuthor: Henry MayhewPublisher: Oxford University PressDate: 2012 (1861)Genre: Non-Fiction / JournalismSummary: By turns alarming, touching, and funny, the pages of London Labour and the London Poor exposed a previously hidden world. Henry Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews that provided a first-hand account of costermongers and street-sellers, of sewer-scavengers and chimney-sweeps,… Continue reading Book Review: London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

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The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

At the end of March, I decided that I was going to read the entire International Booker Prize 2021 longlist before the end of the year. These posts, like some of my WHM posts, are going to be a strange hybrid of book reviews and research posts.  The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard (translated… Continue reading The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist