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The Wordsworth Blog

Articles from us and a range of guest contributors

2017

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The Strange Fiction of Oliver Onions
Guest writer, author Stephen Carver, looks at the work of this master of the ...

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Hamlet
Cedric Watts recounts his dealings with this most problematic of Shakespeare's ...

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Little Women
Little Women and the test of time: Stefania Ciocia muses on a childhood ...

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Robinson Crusoe
The Only Man on the Island or What did Crusoe do with Friday on Saturday Night? ...

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The price of our Classics is going up
The retail price of our Classics and Children's Classics will increase to £2.50 ...

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Oh, what a tangled web we weave
Our monthly newsletter looks at the completion - at last - of our new website ...

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Will the real protagonist please stand up?
New guest blogger NUTS4R2 looks at the archetypal heroes of classic fiction. ...

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The Hands Can't Hit What the Eyes Can't See
In the second part of his look at the film adaptations of 'The Invisible Man', ...

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Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Part One of Parker Lancaster's look at the film adaptations of H.G.Wells' 'The ...

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A Quiet Passion
A flawed labour of love: Terence Davies’s take on Emily Dickinson in 'A Quiet ...

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Tales of Book Fairs Past and Present
We look back at another successful (but quite sober) London Book Fair ...

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Father Brown
David Stuart Davies looks at the history of the ever-popular priest with a flair ...

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J. M. Barrie – The Father of Peter Pan
David Stuart Davies looks at the author of one of the best-loved of children's ...

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Eastwood in Nottinghamshire
David Ellis visits the birthplace of D.H. Lawrence ...

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Lunchtime Drinking, Gin & Tonic & Book Fairs
This month's news from Wordsworth ...

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‘All children, except one, grow up.’
In Part One of a two-part article David Stuart Davies looks at the perennially ...

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Woolf Works
Wayne McGregor and the Royal Ballet re-imagine Virginia Woolf and her work - ...

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H. G. Wells and His Literary Milieu at the Fin-de-Siecle
Linda Dryden of the H.G. Wells Society looks at Wells often difficult ...

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Looking to the literary past for the post-truth
Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the US presidency has coincided with sales of ...

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Here's some H.G. Wells history that will hit you for six
Here’s a good question for a pub quiz: Which well-known 20th century writer ...

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Sally Minogue salutes James Joyce’s ambitious first novel ...

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Post-Truth: Word of the Year 2016
We consider a new career in falsehood, fabrication and forgery... ...

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Wells in Free Flight
Laurence Davies looks at H.G. Wells fascination with flight and its depiction in ...

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Bookseller from hell? National hero, more like
We couldn't help but smile reading about the bookshop owner who has been ...

2016

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Annus Horribilis
Perhaps the best thing we can say about 2016 is that it is nearly over. We look ...

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To Walk Invisible
Sally Minogue watches Sally Wainwright’s new drama about the Brontës ...

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Mystery Murder and Mayhem at Christmas
David Stuart Davies explores classic detective fiction for tales of dark deeds ...

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The Science Fiction Films of H.G. Wells Part Two
David Stuart Davies concludes his review of the film adaptations of H.G. Wells ...

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Theatrical magic and thought-provoking choices in Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan.
Stefania Ciocia reviews the current National Theatre production ...

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Here are our top tips for your classic literary Christmas TV viewing
While 2016 won’t be a vintage year for classic adaptations, there are still ...

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Ford Madox Ford, Brexit and Trump
On Ford's birthday, Sara Haslam considers how he might have viewed the momentous ...

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Meet the Author
We wrestle with the problems of working with a group of writers who have joined ...

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What If… The science fiction films of H. G. Wells
Part One of David Stuart Davies' review of how Wells' classic novels have fared ...

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It's been a bittersweet week for UK libraries
Perhaps there’s now a need for industry-wide cooperation to help stem the tide ...

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Will the real father of 'modern' Christmas please stand up!
Where do our (often non-religious) traditional customs originate from? Two ...

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Here's some classic literary Christmas gift inspiration - Enjoy!
We thought we'd end November with a bit of festive cheer in the form of some ...

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OPINION: An apologia for classic horror
These are indeed dark times for horror fans, and not the good kind of dark, ...

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No slumming for Danny Dyer
We look at the current popularity for tracing your family history ...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about H.G. Wells
Durham University's Professor Simon James take us through the great author's ...

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‘You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.’
On the centenary of Jack London's death, David Stuart Davies considers his life ...

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Get ready for the year of H.G. Wells
The Wordsworth team have had a busy and exciting summer preparing our new H.G. ...

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In Remembrance: Wilfred Owen
On Remembrance Day, Sally Minogue reflects on the way the people of Ors, where ...

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In a momentous week for world politics, let's turn to Dostoevsky
Above all, don't lie to yourself ...

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Wilkie Collins 'The Moonstone' - we review the BBC production
Wilkie Collins’ classic mystery novel 'The Moonstone', concerning the theft of ...

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A less than towering 'Inferno'
Whatever the merits, or otherwise, of Tom Hanks’ latest outing as Robert ...

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Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone: A cornerstone in the development of crime fiction
David Stuart Davies looks at ‘The first, the longest and the best of modern ...

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Some thoughts on Remembrance and poetry
This week sees the start of the British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal to raise ...

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Not Your Average Halloween Read: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’
Fans of vintage horror will find that this short story holds its own against ...

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Everything you need to know about Halloween (unless you're Samhainophobic)
Millennial parents have taught their children that Halloween is purely a night ...

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Villette re-imagined: We visit the West Yorkshire Playhouse adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel
'As the play got into its stride', says Sally Minogue, 'I began to see that it ...

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Monty Python and the German philosopher (Frederick Nietzsche)
There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya 'bout the raising of the wrist' ...

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The general public tend to know (at most) three things about Aleister Crowley
Amongst all this mumbo, not to mention jumbo, the fact that Aleister Crowley was ...

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So which banned books have you read this week?
This week has been Banned Books Week. It sounds like it might be some sort of ...

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F Scott Fitzgerald - Proving there could be a second act in American lives
F Scott Fitzgerald is now recognised as a great American writer and perhaps the ...

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Here are the greatest novels ever written. Maybe
With the announcement of the Booker Man shortlist and the Mercury Prize taking ...

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Travelling back in time with Joseph Conrad's Captain Lingard
This week we're very happy to say we shall be expanding our range of Joseph ...

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Lew Wallace's Ben Hur: Much more than swords and sandals
Next week sees the UK theatrical release of 'Ben Hur'. ...

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How Mary Shelley broke new ground with Frankenstein
Not only in gothic story-telling, but also in the form of the novel - David ...

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Netflix and The Little Prince: A perfect storytelling match
The first-ever animated version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince, ...

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Remember when printed books were dying? Not anymore
It seems that, in a Mark Twain style, rumours of books' death have been greatly ...

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Somme 100: There is far more to Wilfred Owen's poetry than his battlefront verses
Dr Sally Minogue takes a look at Wilfred Owen's full range of work, from his ...

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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: A journey of laughter and tears
David Stuart Davies looks at this ever-popular comedy with a darker side. ...

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How novels and Hollywood re-invented the American Indian
Rich Hall's documentary Inventing the Indian was a fascinating look at how ...

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Somme 100: Walking in the footsteps of Wilfred Owen
Sally Minogue visits the places where Wilfred Owen spent the last few days of ...

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Your Starbucks coffee, courtesy of Herman Melville
Have you had your coffee this morning? Did you get it from Starbucks? If so, you ...

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Beyond The Three Musketeers: The life and times of Alexandre Dumas
David Stuart Davies describes how his novels remain a continuing monument to his ...

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The BBC's The Secret Agent adaptation is not your average period drama
Last Sunday saw the start of a new BBC period drama based on Joseph Conrad's ...

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Will the real Lady Susan please stand up?
Today (Monday July 18th) marks the anniversary of the death of one of Britain's ...

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We're wearing Proustian Rush by Chanel
Proust, author of 'A La Recherche du Temps Perdu' has a derivative of his name ...

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What Kafkaesque times we live in
With Franz Kafka's birthday looming, never have his works been so relevant ...

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The Battle of the Somme and the poetry that helps us remember
Sally Minogue explores the poetry of the carnage that was The Battle of the ...

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Wilfred Owen and the old lie that's still told
Next Friday, July 1st, marks 100 years since start of the Battle of the Somme, ...

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Cervantes - The Man of Madrid and Don Quixote
David Stuart Davies looks at a great comic novel that also functions as an ...

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Happy Bloomsday to one and all!
We celebrate the annual celebration of anything and everything to do with James ...

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What the Dickens is going to happen at the Euros?
Yesterday, June 8th, was the anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens ...

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To capture the real genius of Through The Looking Glass you must read the book
The recent disappointing Through The Looking Glass movie revealed how difficult ...

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Teachers are already planning, and buying, books for the next school year
We're seeing more demand from schools than at any time in recent years ...

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Are you going Through the Looking Glass this weekend?
Pretty much every review is going to conclude that if you really want to go ...

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Get ready for the second ever Sherlock Holmes day on May 22nd
Every day is a 'day', it seems, and Sherlock Holmes Day comes in the same month ...

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Discovering the pleasure of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure
Professor Cedric Watts examines one of the Bard's most accessible and, in ...

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Leicester City and the Grimm side of fairy tales
We’re willing to bet that the words ‘fairy’ and ‘tale’ have been used ...

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Shakespeare 400 is well and truly underway - here are our highlights so far
Type 'Shakespeare' into Google and then hit the ‘News’ tab. It’s busy! ...

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How Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book helped make the modern Disney, Part 2
In the second part of his essay on how Rudyard Kipling and 'The Jungle Book' ...

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Shakespeare 400 is finally here!
For anyone who loves Shakespeare, it's a wonderful time and excuse to wallow in ...

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The 21st of April 2016 marks 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë
Sally Minogue revisits Haworth and reflects on the life and work of the author. ...

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How Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book helped make the modern Disney, Part 1
Parker Lancaster analyses the links between the famous author and the ...

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Brontë 200 is almost upon us - Just don't forget Bramwell!
We anticipate the forthcoming big event ...

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When a man is tired of the London Book Fair, he is tired of life
It's that time of year again... ...

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Shakespeare: Still Relevant?
To start our commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death, ...

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Virginia Woolf: January 25th 1882 - March 28th 1941
Sally Minogue considers the mental illness that had such an impact on the ...

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
David Stuart Davies looks at a title that has been one our best sellers over the ...

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Celebrating Ireland's classic literary legacy - James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and more
The lineage of great Irish novelists and playwrights is well known and widely ...

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Chicago, Walden & Civil Disobedience
Henry Claridge looks back to Chicago in 1970 to highlight the ongoing influence ...

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Move Over Harry Potter, Here Are The 13 Classic Children’s Books EVERY Adult Should Read
With their big themes and grown-up subtexts here are 13 classics you should have ...

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Dickensian - The Finale
Sally Minogue reflects on the series as it comes to an end ...

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A Tale of Two Cities - 'It was the best of tales...'
As 'Dickensian' nears its end, David Stuart Davies is the last of our guest ...

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War and Peace - The Epilogue
As the fog of war clears from this lavish adaptation, Henry Claridge assesses ...

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New Release: Lassie Come-Home
To coincide with our publication, Nichola Trayler Barbrook takes a personal look ...

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Reader
Stefania Ciocia looks at 'David Copperfield, Dickens' 'favourite child'. ...

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Little Dorrit
Continuing our 'Dickensian' series, Keith Carabine looks at 'Humbug' in 'Little ...

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Dickensian - We review the BBC's series so far
Sally Minogue reflects on the television series so far. ...

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Great Expectations - Looking back at Dickens's penultimate completed novel
Continuing our 'Dickensian' theme, Sally Minogue looks at one of the author's ...

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War and Peace
With the new BBC series imminent, Henry Claridge looks at problems of adapting ...

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Sherlaugh Holmes or Amusing, My Dear Watson
David Stuart Davies look at the humour in Conan Doyle's classic tales. ...

2015

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Bleak House
Continuing our focus on classic Dickens novels, Lionel Kelly looks at 'Bleak ...

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Don't miss these Christmas TV classic literary treats & tie-ins
There's a fantastic Christmas & New Year UK TV schedule in store for lovers of ...

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Dombey and Son
To coincide with the screening of 'Dickensian', guest writers select their ...

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The Spirits of Charles Dickens
David Stuart Davies strikes a Christmas chill with a look at the ghost stories ...

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LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS FROM WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
Presents for the book-lovers in your life ...

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A Christmas Carol
Malcolm Andrews, editor of 'The Dickensian', tells the story of this much-loved ...

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Around the Word in Eighty Days
With a new stage show hitting London's West End, David Stuart Davies looks at ...

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Lights, Camera, Sherlock: Part Four
David Stuart Davies concludes his series with a look at the modern portrayals of ...

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Lights, Camera, Sherlock: Part Three
In Part Three, David Stuart Davies looks at the work of Basil Rathbone and Peter ...

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Lights, Camera, Sherlock: Part Two
David Stuart Davies continues his series on Holmes on stage and screen. ...

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Adult readers and the child's perspective in the 'Alice In Wonderland' books
Dr Stefania Ciocia looks at how adults and children interpret the Alice stories ...

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The 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Carroll’s “ideal child-friend” - Dr Stefania Ciocia writes on what our ...

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: still a huge influence on socialist activism today
Next month will mark 101 years since the first publication of this socialist ...

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Lights, Camera, Sherlock: Part One
The history of the media career of the world’s most famous detective in four ...

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover: the expurgated version
Sally Minogue reviews last night's TV broadcast ...

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Lady Chatterley - A Woman's View
Decried by feminist writers in the 1970s, D.H.Lawrence's status is reassessed by ...

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Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?
David Stuart Davies considers the history and impact of 'Lady Chatterley's ...

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover: found innocent
In the first of a series of articles on this ever-controversial classic, Sally ...

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Blood is the Life - Part Two
David Stuart Davies concludes in a similar vein. ...

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Blood is the Life - Part One
David Stuart Davies looks into the history of the Vampire story. ...

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Still unequal after all this time
Sally Minogue reflects on Elizabeth Gaskell and Elizabeth Barrett Browning ...

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A DEFT TOUCH OF THE MACABRE - PART TWO
The final part of David Stuart Davies' appreciation of Sheridan LeFanu ...

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A DEFT TOUCH OF THE MACABRE - PART ONE
David Stuart Davies looks at the work of a rather neglected master of his art, ...

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Unsettling Dark Pleasures - Part Two
The conclusion of David Stuart Davies' history of Gothic fiction ...

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Unsettling Dark Pleasures - Part One
A short history of Gothic fiction in two parts by David Stuart Davies ...

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Gore by Proxy Part Two
The final part of David Stuart Davies' story of the rise and fall of the 'Penny ...

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Gore by Proxy Part One
Part One of David Stuart Davies' story of the 'Penny Dreadfuls'. ...

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The 'Strand Magazine' - Part Two
The final part of the story of the 'Strand Magazine'. ...

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The 'Strand Magazine' - Part One
David Stuart Davies reveals there was far more to 'Strand Magazine' than just ...

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The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes - Part Two
David Stuart Davies concludes his review of the detectives that followed Conan ...

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The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes - Part One
David Stuart Davies looks at at the fictional detectives that followed in the ...

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BUMPS IN THE NIGHT
David Stuart Davies concludes his short history of the Ghost Story ...

2014

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Festive Humbug!
A seasonal tale of Charles Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol' by David Stuart ...

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BUMPS IN THE NIGHT
Part One of David Stuart Davies' History of the Ghost Story ...

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The King of Thrillers
David Stuart Davies writes on that most prodigious of writers, Edgar Wallace. ...

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The First of the Sensationalists
David Stuart Davies looks at the work of Wilkie Collins - a pioneer of the ...

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Unloading Hell
Sally Minogue looks at First World War poetry and the centenary of the outbreak ...

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Writings dark as a raven’s wing
David Stuart Davies on the master of terror and pioneer of detective fiction - ...

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ELIZABETH GASKELL’S HOUSE
Elizabeth Gaskell's house in Manchester is to re-open in October 2014 ...

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A Journey into the Imagination
David Stuart Davies writes on the fantastic tales of Jules Verne.     ...

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'Why I wept on first reading Conrad' - Part Two
Keith Carabine concludes his reminiscence of how he discovered Conrad. ...

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'Why I wept on first reading Conrad' - Part One
Keith Carabine looks back to the origins of his life-long love of Joseph Conrad. ...

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The Subtle Chiller
An appreciation of Henry James by David Stuart Davies ...

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Elizabeth Gaskell
Below the benign surface of Elizabeth Gaskell, the author of 'Cranford', Sally ...

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Into the Arena of the Extra - Dimensionals
David Stuart Davies looks at the work of H.P. Lovecraft ...

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‘Children of the night… what music they make.’
David Stuart Davies writes on Bram Stoker ...

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M. R. James – A Pleasurable Uncertainty
David Stuart Davies on one of the great writers of ghost stories ...

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VIRGINIA WOOLF'S ORLANDO
A new staging of Virginia Woolf’s 'Orlando' at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, ...

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THOMAS HARDY continues
Keith Carabine writes further on Mike Irwin's Hardy Introductions ...

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THOMAS HARDY
Keith Carabine on the quality of Mike Irwin's Hardy introductions. ...

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Anything But Elementary
David Stuart Davies reflects on the continuing appeal of Sherlock Holmes. ...

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WORDSWORTH INTRODUCTIONS
Keith Carabine reflects upon our introductions in general, and 'The Great ...

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JANE EYRE
Sally Minogue writes: Never judge a book by its movie... ...

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