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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: 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: 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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Book Review: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

Title: A Journal of the Plague Year Author: Daniel Defoe Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2010 (1722) Genre: Classics / Historical Summary: Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year is an extraordinary account of the devastation and human suffering inflicted on the city of London by the Great Plague of 1665. Purporting to be an eye-witness, Defoe’s fictional narrator… Continue reading Book Review: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

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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

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Book Review: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Title: Around the World in Eighty Days Author: Jules Verne Translator: William Butcher Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1873) Genre: Classics / Adventure Summary: One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover… Continue reading Book Review: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

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Book Review: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

Title: Castle Rackrent Author: Maria Edgeworth Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1800) Genre: Classics / Historical Summary: With her satire on Anglo-Irish landlords in Castle Rackrent (1800), Maria Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley (1814). Politically risky, stylistically innovative, and wonderfully entertaining, the novel changes the focus of conflict in Ireland from religion to class, and… Continue reading Book Review: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth