Interview with Elizabeth Woodcraft

Elizabeth Woodcraft is an acclaimed author whose novels draw their influence from her career as a barrister and her experiences of being a mod in 1960s Chelmsford. I was lucky enough to meet her at an Essex Book Festival event and she kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions: 1. What made you... Continue Reading →

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BR & FR: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ by Thomas Hardy

(Beware of spoilers) Far from the Madding Crowd is one of Hardy's earliest and most pastoral novels. I read it partly while visiting family in Hampshire and was swept away by the vivid descriptions of the changing rural landscape, reflecting the fluctuating moods and fortunes of the characters. The novel centres around Bathsheba Everdene, a... Continue Reading →

Why Raven returned

They say you should write about what you love, and everyone I know who watched Raven as a child was thrilled to hear that it was returning to CBBC in 2017 after a seven-year break. But don't just take my word for it - on Twitter, the news that the show would be aired on British television... Continue Reading →

Christmas Book Haul

I got five books for Christmas, mainly ones I'll need to read for university next term: A comprehensive but quirky collection of verse which I hope will give me a good overview of twentieth century poetry. A strange, haunting and darkly comic account of the deluded and disillusioned people who drifted around Hollywood in the... Continue Reading →

2017: My year in reading

Best Victorian novel: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Best modernist novel: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Best murder mystery: In the Woods by Tana French Best sci-fi novel: Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis Best contemporary novel: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Best non-fiction book: Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes Best poetry collection: Selected Poems by Christina Rossetti And finally... I'd just like to say... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Victorian Novels

Having spent the past term at university studying Victorian literature, I feel that I am now reasonably well-versed in the subject, so I've put together this list of 7 books which I personally enjoyed and which I feel encompass the Victorian period fairly well. Of course, I have by no means read everything (on my... Continue Reading →

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