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Book Review: London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

Title: London Labour and the London PoorAuthor: Henry MayhewPublisher: Oxford University PressDate: 2012 (1861)Genre: Non-Fiction / JournalismSummary: By turns alarming, touching, and funny, the pages of London Labour and the London Poor exposed a previously hidden world. Henry Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews that provided a first-hand account of costermongers and street-sellers, of sewer-scavengers and chimney-sweeps,… Continue reading Book Review: London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

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Book Review: Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

Title: Frenchman’s CreekAuthor: Daphne du MaurierPublisher: Virago Modern ClassicsDate: 2015 (1941)Genre: Historical Fiction / ClassicsSummary: Lady Dona St Columb seems to revel in scandal; she is involved in every intrigue of the Restoration Court. But secretly, the shallowness of Court life disgusts her, and in her heart she longs for freedom and honest love. Retreating to Navron, her… Continue reading Book Review: Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

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The Heptaméron by Marguerite de Navarre – Mini Review and Discussion

Title: Heptaméron Author: Marguerite de Navarre Translator: Paul A. Chilton Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 1984 (1549) This review is not a typical review! Firstly, I’m going to write a little bit about Marguerite de Navarre before moving on to the Heptaméron itself. In the final section of this post, I’ll be looking at the book… Continue reading The Heptaméron by Marguerite de Navarre – Mini Review and Discussion

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Book Review: The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu

Title: The Diary of Lady MurasakiAuthor: Murasaki ShikibuTranslator: Richard BowringPublisher: Penguin ClassicsDate: 2005 (1010)Genre: Non-fiction / ClassicsSummary: The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973 – c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes,… Continue reading Book Review: The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu

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Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Lottery and Other Stories Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2009 (1949) Genre: Horror / Classics / Short Stories Summary: In these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson’s best-known story,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

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Book Review: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne

Title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas Author: Jules Verne Translator: William Butcher Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1863) Genre: Adventure Fiction / Science Fiction / Classics Summary: French naturalist Dr Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, but discovers instead the Nautilus, a self-contained world built by its enigmatic captain. Together Nemo and… Continue reading Book Review: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne

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Book Review: Memoirs from the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Title: Memoirs from the House of the Dead Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Translator: Jessie Coulson  Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1862) Genre: Semi-autobiographical / Philosophical Fiction / Classics Summary: In this almost documentary account of his own experiences of penal servitude in Siberia, Dostoevsky describes the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, the squalor and the degradation,… Continue reading Book Review: Memoirs from the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Book Review: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Title: Wives and Daughters Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1863) Genre: Fiction / Classics Summary: Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman’s presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia,… Continue reading Book Review: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

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Mini Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō

Title: The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches Author: Matsuo Bashō Translator: Nobuyuki Yuasa Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 1966 (1702) Genre: Classics / Poetry Summary: In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” he was… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō

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Book Review: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Title: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1788) Genre: Classics / Fiction / Philosophy Summary: Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her pioneering views on the rights of women to share equal rights and opportunities with men. Expressed most forcefully in her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), her forthright opinions… Continue reading Book Review: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft