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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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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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Book Review: Constellation Myths: with Aratus’s Phaenomena by Eratosthenes, Hyginus, and Aratus

Title: Constellation Myths: with Aratus’s Phaenomena Author: Eratosthenes, Hyginus, and Aratus Translator: Robin Hard Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2015 (c.200 BC) Genre: Classics / Mythology Summary: Athena seized the writhing serpent and hurled it into the sky, and fixed it to the very pole of the heavens. The constellations we recognize today were first mapped by the ancient Greeks,… Continue reading Book Review: Constellation Myths: with Aratus’s Phaenomena by Eratosthenes, Hyginus, and Aratus

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Book Review: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey

Title: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater Author: Thomas De Quincey Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2013 (1821) Genre: Autobiography Summary: Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De Quincey invents recreational drug-taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset… Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey