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Temporary Hiatus

Sorry guys, This post itself is horribly overdue. Apologies for the lack of movement on the blog. I’m currently neck-deep in my final semester of uni. Reading, dissertation and term essays are leaving me with very little time to post stuff on here. Never fear I will be returning in a few months with more … Continue reading

Xmas Gift Guide: The Poe . . .

Stuck for Christmas presents for your literary friends? Look no further. In the countdown to the 25th TTR is releasing four gift guides based on four major authors. Let the shopping commence! Week 1: POE Keep it dark. Keep it gothic. Keep it Poe. Use TTR Xmas Gift Guide to find your Poe friends the … Continue reading

‘Republics of the Mind’ by James Robertson [Review & Giveaway]

‘What’s it about? That’s the only question in the world worth asking.’ ‘What do you mean, what’s it all about?’ ‘Not all. Just what’s it about. What’s it all about’s a different question and it’s too big’ This is the question lying at the heart of James Robertson’s short story collection ‘Republics of the Mind’ … Continue reading

5 Books For . . . A Russian Winter

Winter is coming. Dig out your fur hat, crack open the vodka and get in touch with your inner Russian . . . Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels,- of destiny, … Continue reading

Xmas Gift Guide: The Austen . . .

Stuck for Christmas presents for your literary friends? Look no further. In the countdown to the 25th TTR is releasing four gift guides based on four major authors. Let the shopping commence! Week 1: AUSTEN Does your friend love period drama? Do they have an extensively worn collection of classics? Do they secretly believe all … Continue reading

My Week in Books (25/11/12)

This week’s selections . . .   The Convert by Elizabeth Robins Novel adapted from the Edwardian stage play ‘Votes For Women’. A surprisingly open and radical approach by Ibsen actress Robins to the suffrage movement. Dracula by Bram Stoker This week’s text for my Madness & Sexuality class is the classic bad boy of Gothic Lit … Continue reading

‘Major Barbara’ by George Bernard Shaw

It is the Undershaft inheritance. I shall hand on my torch to my daughter. She shall make my converts and preach my gospel – George Bernard Shaw is rarely easy and never simple. He continually pushed boundaries and tested limits, and his 1905 play ‘Major Barbara’ is no exception. Set against the backdrop of Edwardian … Continue reading

My Week in Books (18/11/12)

This week’s selections . . . Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti Rossetti’s most famous epic poem. A twisted and pre-Raphelite exploration of female sexuality, capitalism and the Victorian marriage market. Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw Major Barbara is the estranged daughter of Andrew Undershaft, Earl and arms dealer. As a Major in the Salvation Army she … Continue reading

5 Books . . . To Put A Little Magic In Your Life

The nights are drawing in and the days have grown cold, so let TTR’s top five Magical Realism books brightened up your Winter . . . Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson Set in the 17th century, this is a story about love and sex; lies and truths; and twelve dancing princesses who lived happily … Continue reading

My Week in Books (4/11/12)

This week’s selections . . . The Railway Children by E. Nesbit Another one from my Edwardian fiction class. Really enjoyable read and bizarrely mature. Deals with the break-up of family, political intrigue, and poverty through three children who love the local railway. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Classic Victorian detective fiction. Doppelgangers, … Continue reading

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