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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

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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