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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

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

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

5 Books For . . . Halloween

Trick or treat? Sink your teeth into these . . . The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe Gothic castles, hidden corpses, kidnapped orphan girls. This book has it all and is written by the Grand-Dame of Gothic Fiction herself. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Feminist re-tellings of classic fairytales, all with a dark … Continue reading

My Week in Books (28/10/12)

This week’s selections . . . Peter Pan; or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up by J.M. Barrie On my reading list for university class on Edwardian fiction. More sinister than the Disney film allows. Reading the original play was definitely an eye-opener. Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb A totally new writer for … Continue reading

J. C. Conway on Science Fiction and studying the craft of writing

The blogsphere is literally exploding with talented writers and poets, very few of whom get the attention they deserve. INTERVIEWS will introduce you to a new generation of writers and thinkers. So watch this space, who knows what you’ll find . . . Science Fiction, fantasy and romance writer J. C. Conway talks about military … Continue reading

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