Monthly Archives: November 2015

Introducing… Historical Fiction

Welcome to the first post in the ‘Introducing’ series! Before reading this post, please make sure you’ve read the opening post about the aim of the series. To try and broaden understanding of what so-called genre fiction can be, I’ve deliberately … Continue reading

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Introducing… Introducing

No puntastic title this week I’m afraid – this is part of a new series, in which I try and introduce you to parts of the reading experience that you might be missing out on. Often, the genres I talk … Continue reading

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Dear All People: talking race in Obama’s America

Today, I’d like to talk to you about two accomplished and important pieces of culture: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah (2013), and Justin Simien’s film Dear White People (2014). I happened to read the one shortly after going to see … Continue reading

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A Child’s Eyes: reading the classics

I recently read Claire Tomalin’s wonderful biography of Samuel Pepys, The Unequalled Self (2002). Tomalin, the authoritative chronicler of Britain’s greatest literary figures – Austen, Dickens, Hardy – writes biography as it always should be: a gripping and moving exploration … Continue reading

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