In 1921, a publishing phenomenon began with the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a sophisticated murder mystery with a protagonist by the name of Hercule Poirot. It was the first of more than 60 crime novels by Agatha Christie, and heralded the career of an author who has been unsurpassed by any crime […]
The real Jane Austen: a life in small things
(Photo credit: HarperPress) (Image shows the cover title of the book which features an image of Jane Austen alongside the title and author of the book) Many of us are familiar with Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma. And we may think that we know much about the author of these novels, Jane Austen. […]
J.R.R Tolkien: the making of a legend
(Photo credit: Lion Hudson) (Above image shows a photograph of J.R.R. Tolkien) Long before the massively successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R Tolkien’s creations and characters had captured the imagination of millions of readers. Today, it is difficult to imagine a world without Tolkien’s stories of Middle-earth, elves, wizards and hobbits. But who […]
The genius of Dickens
Today, 7th February 2012, is the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth. Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.