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Thoughts on… Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Title: Agnes Grey Author: Anne Brontë Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2010 (1846) Summary: Agnes Grey looks at childhood from nursery to adolescence, and it also charts the frustrations of romantic love, as Agnes starts to nurse warmer feelings towards the local curate, Mr. Weston. Sally Shuttleworth’s fascinating introduction considers the book’s fictional and narrative qualities, its relationship with… Continue reading Thoughts on… Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

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Thoughts on… The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Title: The Big Four Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 2016 (1927) Summary: Framed in the doorway of Poirot’s bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man’s gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what… Continue reading Thoughts on… The Big Four by Agatha Christie

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Thoughts on… The Professor by Charlotte Brontë

Title: The Professor Author: Charlotte Brontë Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1857) Summary: The hero of Charlotte Bronte’s first novel escapes a dreary clerkship in industrial Yorkshire by taking a job as a teacher in Belgium. There, however, his entanglement with the sensuous but manipulative Zoraide Reuter complicates his affections for a penniless girl who is both teacher… Continue reading Thoughts on… The Professor by Charlotte Brontë

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Thoughts on… The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Title: The Hidden Oracle Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin Date: 2016 Summary: My name is Apollo. I used to be a god. But that was before I was cast down from Olympus (a terrible misunderstanding) and woke up in a New York dumpster. I persuaded Percy Jackson to give me a lift to Camp Half-Blood. But the place is in chaos.… Continue reading Thoughts on… The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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Thoughts on… The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Title: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin Date: 2014 Summary: Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be… Continue reading Thoughts on… The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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Thoughts on… The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin Books Date: 2013 Summary: If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally. Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors… Continue reading Thoughts on… The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Thoughts on… Circe by Madeline Miller

Title: Circe Author: Madeline Miller Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 2018 Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading… Continue reading Thoughts on… Circe by Madeline Miller

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Thoughts on… Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare

Title: Timon of Athens Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (c.1606) Summary: Timon of Athens is a bitterly intriguing study of a fabulously rich man who wastes his wealth on his friends, and, when he is finally impoverished, learns to despise humanity with a hatred that drives him to his grave. The play’s plot… Continue reading Thoughts on… Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare

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Thoughts on… Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Title: Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Author: Jerome K. Jerome Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 2004 (1889) Summary: Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a ‘T’. But when they set off, they can… Continue reading Thoughts on… Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

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Thoughts on… On the Nature of the Universe by Lucretius

Title: On the Nature of the Universe (De rerum natura) Author: Lucretius Translator: Ronald Melville Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1st century BC) Summary: With intense moral fervour Lucretius demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world is governed by the mechanical laws of… Continue reading Thoughts on… On the Nature of the Universe by Lucretius