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Louisa May Alcott's desk
Louisa May Alcott's desk

More about Louisa May Alcott

Did you know that this year Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women turns 150? She was a remarkable woman, who didn’t really want to become famous for a book about girls (she preferred boys, or writing Gothic thrillers), and yet her novel about four sisters growing up in the American Civil War has been much loved by generations of readers. Read more

Arabella reading a book
Arabella reading a book

Poem of the Month, November 2018 – Nursery Rhymes

I have been reciting nursery rhymes to my gorgeous granddaughter, Arabella (this is her above, enjoying a book), and it’s made me think about the intriguing origins of some of them. So instead of one poem this month, I am going to tell you about some of these often rather disturbing rhymes so familiar from childhood. Read more

Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

First published in 1961, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie brought Muriel Spark international fame. Time magazine chose it in 2005 as one of the 100 best novels in English from 1923 to the present, and the Modern Library ranked it 76th in its ‘100 Best Novels of the 20thC’. Read more

Literary Readers Guides for 2019

Come with me on a literary journey through 2019. Together we will explore a fabulous selection of 19th and 20th C classics.

Each month you’ll receive a reading guide covering the life of an author and one of their most popular or important works. I’ll reveal intriguing stories about the author behind the book, analyse the themes and characters in the book, tempt you with film versions to watch, and challenge you with thoughtful discussion questions. Read more

George Eliot & Middlemarch
George Eliot & Middlemarch

Companion Guide – George Eliot & ‘Middlemarch’

Virginia Woolf described George Eliot’s Middlemarch as “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people”. Do you agree? I think Woolf is being too simplistic, but I strongly feel that no intelligent person should go through life without reading this extraordinary book. Read more