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‘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

‘Kim’ by Rudyard Kipling

Trying to get your hands on Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Kim’, to wrestle the characters and the novel itself is a challenge, though not an unpleasurable one. To be taken back to a time of adventure, of swashbuckling daring, of mystical exoticism is seductive as it is thrilling. This however is coupled with a lurking presence of … Continue reading

‘The Passion of New Eve’ by Angela Carter

I know nothing. I am tabula erasa, a blank sheet of paper, an unhatched egg. I have not yet become a woman, although I possess a woman’s shape. Not a woman, no: both more and less than a real woman. Now I am as mythic and monstrous as Mother herself; but I cannot bring myself … Continue reading

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