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Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Title: Little Women Author: Louisa May Alcott Genre: Historical Fiction / Classics Date: 1989 (1868) Publisher: Penguin Classics Pages: 576 Started: 2nd December 2018 Completed: 4th December 2018 Rating: 4/5 Summary: The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored for generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo’s hand, cried over little Beth’s untimely death, and dreamed… Continue reading Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Mini Book Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel Author: Baroness Emma Orczy Genre: Adventure Fiction / Historical Fiction / Classics Date: 2018 (1905) Publisher: Penguin Classics Pages: 275 Started: 10th August 2018 Completed: 19th August 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: The French Terror is raging, and few are safe from the threat of the guillotine. Sir Percy Blakeney, a foppish Englishman, decides to rescue imprisoned aristocrats before… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

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Mini Book Review: Beowulf

Title: Beowulf Author: Unknown Editor: George Jack Genre: Classics / Poetry  Date: 2009 (c.975) Publisher: Oxford University Press Pages: 244 Started: 30th April 2018 Completed: 2nd May 2018 Rating: 4/5 Summary: Beowulf, the major surviving poem in Old English, is composed in a language that is rich but often difficult. This fully annotated edition makes the poem more accessible in its original language, while at… Continue reading Mini Book Review: Beowulf

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Book Review: Renaissance Women Poets

Title: Renaissance Women Poets Genre: Classics / Poetry Date: 2001 (1500s) Publisher: Penguin Classics Pages: 397 Started: 26th March 2018 Completed: 26th March 2018 Rating: 4/5 Summary: Social convention may have prevented Renaissance women writers from openly taking part in the political and religious debates of their day, but they found varied and innovative ways to intervene. Collecting the work of… Continue reading Book Review: Renaissance Women Poets

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Book Review: The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

Title: The Secret Agent Author: Joseph Conrad Genre: Classics / Fiction Date: 2016 (1907) Publisher: Penguin Pages: 320 Started: 2nd February 2018 Completed: 5th February 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: ‘The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket.’ Set in an Edwardian London underworld of terrorist bombers, spies, grotesques and fanatics, Conrad’s dark, unsettling masterpiece asks if we ever really know others,… Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

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Book Review: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary

Title: The Tragedy of Mariam Author: Elizabeth Cary Genre: Tragedy / Classics  Date: 2010 (1613) Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Pages: 176 Started: 7th December 2017 Completed: 7th December 2017 Rating: 4/5 Summary: The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry is a Jacobean closet drama by Elizabeth Tanfield Cary. First published in 1613, it was the first work by a woman… Continue reading Book Review: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary

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Book Review: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Title: We Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin Genre: Science Fiction / Classics / Dystopia Date: 1993 (1924) Publisher: Penguin Pages: 225 Started: 25th October 2017 Completed: 28th October 2017 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: We tells the story of the minutely organised United State, where all citizens are not individuals but only he-Numbers and she-Numbers existing in identical glass apartments with every action regulated by the “Table of Hours.” It… Continue reading Book Review: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

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Mini Book Review: The Devil’s Charter by Barnabe Barnes

Title: The Devil’s Charter Author: Barnabe Barnes Genre: Classics / Tragedy Date: c.1607 Started: 25th September 2017 Completed: 25th September 2017 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: The Devil’s Charter is an early Jacobean era stage play, a tragedy written by Barnabe Barnes. The play recounts the story of Pope Alexander VI. The Devil’s Charter is available as a free ebook here.… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Devil’s Charter by Barnabe Barnes

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Book Review: A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

Title: A Sicilian Romance Author: Ann Radcliffe Genre: Classics / Gothic / Romance Date: 2008 (1790) Publisher: Oxford World’s Classics Pages: 209 Started: 25th August 2017 Completed: 19th September 2017 Rating: 4/5 Summary: In A Sicilian Romance (1790) Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic… Continue reading Book Review: A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

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Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Title: A Wrinkle in Time Author: Madeleine L’Engle Genre: Classics / Science Fiction / Young Adult Date: 2014 (1962) Publisher: Puffin Classics Pages: 288 Started: 15th August 2017 Completed: 15th August 2017 Rating: 4/5 Summary: It was a dark and stormy night. Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend… Continue reading Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle