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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

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

‘If I Touched the Earth’ by Cynthia Rogerson [Review & Giveaway]

In the few seconds after the crash, something strange happens. There’s a sudden change in the atmosphere of the material world. And in nearby Evanton the light flattens so anything unbeautiful becomes sinister and pretty things seem slightly surreal. Usually, I dislike novels about rebirth. I dislike self-pitying and indulgent diatribes about people rebuilding their … Continue reading

‘Journey by Moonlight’ by Antal Szerb

Some weeks ago, whilst pulling more books I don’t have time to read out of the library, I happened to glance up and notice this novel. It was the author’s name that caught my eye. I’m a sucker for foreign or unusual sounding names. I had until that point never heard of Antal Szerb, or … Continue reading

‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch

Prepare for magic, mayhem and the newest officer of Met. Ben Aaronvitch’s ‘Rivers of London’ follows probationary officer Peter Grant, who is saved from an impeding future as a desk-jockey for the London Metropolitan police, when he accidentally finds the only witness of a bloody murder in Covent Gardens. There’s one problem however. The witness … Continue reading

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