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Book Review: Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

Title: Olivia Author: Dorothy Strachey Publisher: Vintage Classics Date: 2008 (1949) Genre: Fiction Summary: When Olivia turns sixteen she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful and charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie’s life is not as straightforward… Continue reading Book Review: Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

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#CCSpin 29 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 11! That means that I’ll be reading Aphra Behn’s The Rover, both part one and two, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m just going to give a quick summary of the play(s) and some info about the editions I’ll be using. The… Continue reading #CCSpin 29 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

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Book Review: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Title: Whose Body? Author: Dorothy L. Sayers Publisher: Hodder Date: 2016 (1923) Genre: Mystery Summary: A It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else. Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to… Continue reading Book Review: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

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10 Classic Book Recommendations

I’ve read a lot of non-English classics over the last couple of years (all translated into English because I am not bilingual) and I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favourites! The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon (1002) Originally written in Middle Early Japanese (translated by Meredith McKinney) A collection of essays,… Continue reading 10 Classic Book Recommendations

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#CCSpin 28 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 12! 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. The Trial by Franz Kafka… Continue reading #CCSpin 28 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

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Book Review: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Title: Moll FlandersAuthor: Daniel DefoePublisher: Oxford University PressDate: 2011 (1722)Genre: Picaresque novelSummary: A tour-de-force of writing by Daniel Defoe, this extraordinary novel tells the vivid and racy tale of a woman’s experience in the seamy side of life in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England and America. Born in Newgate prison, and seduced in the home… Continue reading Book Review: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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Book Review: On the Soul and Other Psychological Works by Aristotle

Title: On the Soul and Other Pyschological WorksAuthor: AristotleTranslator: Fred D. Miller JrPublisher: Oxford University PressDate: 2018 (c.350 BC)Genre: Non-fiction / Philosophy Summary: What is the nature of the soul? It is this question that Aristotle sought to answer in De Anima (On the Soul). In doing so he offers a psychological theory that encompasses… Continue reading Book Review: On the Soul and Other Psychological Works by Aristotle

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Book Review: Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Title: Lady Audley’s SecretAuthor: Mary Elizabeth BraddonPublisher: PenguinDate: 2019 (1862)Genre: Sensation novel / MysterySummary: In this outlandish, outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor: young, beautiful – and very mysterious. Why does she behave so strangely? What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her? I read… Continue reading Book Review: Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon