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Book Review: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

Title: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HarperCollins UK Date: 2017 (1934) Genre: Crime / Mystery Summary: When a man plunges down a cliff, two adventurous young friends decide to find his killer. While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost,… Continue reading Book Review: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Shakespeare’s Lost Plays

We’re very lucky to have so many extant plays by Shakespeare, even if there are authorship issues with many of those plays. Compared to other writers of the same era, including Henry Chettle and Philip Massinger, there’s aren’t many ‘lost’ Shakespeare plays but there are some… Love’s Labour’s Won (c.1589) We’ve heard of Love’s Labour’s… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Shakespeare’s Lost Plays

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 18

Earlier this week we welcomed summer to the northern hemisphere and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet? Shakespeare accurately represents the British Summer in this beautiful poem – Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines really sums up this week’s weather – but that’s not… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 18

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ARC Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Title: Mexican Gothic Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus Books) Publication Date: 30th June 2020 Genre: Gothic / Fantasy Summary: When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic,… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Book Review: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

Title: Castle Rackrent Author: Maria Edgeworth Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1800) Genre: Classics / Historical Summary: With her satire on Anglo-Irish landlords in Castle Rackrent (1800), Maria Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley (1814). Politically risky, stylistically innovative, and wonderfully entertaining, the novel changes the focus of conflict in Ireland from religion to class, and… Continue reading Book Review: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnets 15 and 16

I’m back with another Shakespeare Saturday! This time, I’m delving into sonnet 15 and sonnet 16… Sonnet 15 When I consider every thing that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment, That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows Whereon the stars in secret influence comment; When I perceive that men as plants increase,… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnets 15 and 16