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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 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… 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

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Book Review: Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments by Sappho

Title: Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments Author: Sappho Translator: Aaron Poochigian Genre: Poetry / Classics Date: c.580 BC (2015) Publisher: Penguin Classics Pages: 102 Started: 13th February 2019 Completed: 14th February 2019 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: More or less 150 years after Homer’s Iliad, Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos, west off the coast of what is present… Continue reading Book Review: Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments by Sappho

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Book Review: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Title: The Tale of Genji Author: Murasaki Shikibu Genre: Classics / Monogatari Date: 2006 (1008) Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. Pages: 1360 Started: 1st January 2019 Completed: 24th January 2019 Rating: 4/5 Summary: Expansive, compelling, and sophisticated in its representation of ethical concerns and aesthetic ideals, Murasaki’s tale came to occupy a central place in Japan’s remarkable… Continue reading Book Review: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

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Book Review: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Title: Cranford Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Genre: Classics / Fiction Date: 2011 (1853) Publisher: Oxford University Press Pages: 216 Started: 17th January 2019 Completed: 18th January 2019 Rating: 4/5 Summary: A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-nineteenth century, Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with… Continue reading Book Review: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

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Book Review: The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

Title: The Changeling Author: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley Genre: Tragedy / Classics Date: 2006 (1622) Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Pages: 176 Started: 10th January 2019 Completed: 10th January 2019 Rating: 4/5 Summary: “The next good mood I find my father in, I’ll get him quite discarded.” With these chillingly offhand words, Beatrice-Joanna, the spoilt daughter… Continue reading Book Review: The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

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Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Title: Rebecca Author: Daphne du Maurier Genre: Gothic / Mystery / Classics Date: 2012 (1938) Publisher: Virago Press Pages: 448 Started: 15th April 2018 Completed: 21st April 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca,… Continue reading Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier