Hilary Hinds’ A Cultural History of Twin Beds.

Hi all, I can proudly say that my book review on Hilary Hinds’s A Cultural History of Twin Beds has been successfully published in Lancaster University’s annual LUX journal. In the review, written at the start of lockdown and copied below, I present Hinds’s investigation into how Western modernity’s investment in health and hygiene is …

Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Doom of the Griffiths” Review.

 Hi all, In Gaskell’s melodramatic tale “The Doom of the Griffiths” (1857), the fourteenth century Welsh nationalist figure of Owain Glyndŵr is plotted against by his lifelong friend, Griffths, during his victorious battle against the English. In return for such betrayal, Owain conjures the curse that the Griffiths’s “line would end with the murder of …

‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ Review: 3 Reasons Why Thomas Hardy’s Angel Clare is Anything But Angelic.

In college, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented’ was my English teacher’s favourite novel and she would encourage our class to read it whenever we ‘had the time’. Now, in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, I think it’s safe to say that I definitely have enough time on my side, and no …

How To Define Metaphysical Poetry.

What is metaphysical poetry? Before completely defining metaphysical poetry, let’s deconstruct the word ‘metaphysical’. Meta is a prefix meaning ‘beyond’ in Greek and physical is more commonly known as relating to the body, as opposed to the mind, in a tangible and concrete manner. When considering metaphysical poetry as a whole, we can understand it …

Book Blogger Memory Challenge.

Hi all and welcome to my attempt at the Book Blogger Memory Challenge. I can’t say that I’m feeling confident as I am known as the most forgetful member of my family! A big thank you to shadowriverdaleharley for nominating me to do this tag. In return, I nominate anyone who has a spare moment …

‘The Tyger’ by William Blake.

The Tyger was published in 1794 by William Blake and is often considered as being Blake’s most successful poem. The ultimate meaning behind The Tyger is Blake’s questioning on why, if God is omnibenevolent, did he create such fearsome and dangerous animals. The poem is below: ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake Structure The poem consists …

‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas.

Hi everyone, This is a poem that I have read and enjoyed recently. I thought I would share it- along with a few of my thoughts- for you to read too ☺️ Do not go gentle into that good night Dylan Thomas What is this poem about? This poem is ultimately a son’s plea to …

Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?

It very often seems that, in modern Shakespearean productions, Shakespeare is placed in no time and in no particular place. In York, I recently watched a production of Romeo and Juliet set in the 1930s showing the impact that World War One had on Italy. Despite the shift in time, the production was still successful …

Experience: The Duchess of Malfi in theatre.

As part of the English Literature A level, students in my college are required to learn about the play of The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. Today, we were given the opportunity of watching this Jacobean tragedy live in The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon which is also the birth place of Shakespeare. Brief Overview …

Film Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992.

After a busy week of college mock exams, I enjoyed an extended weekend having a well deserved break from revision and exam stress. On Friday night, me and my sister decided to miss an episode of the addictive, yet highly controversial, Love Island in order to have a movie night watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula which …

My Cambridge University HE+ Award!!

This week has been an absolute blur of excitement! I have succeeded in something which I never thought was possible making myself and my family proud. This post is dedicated to my unbelievable achievement on winning the Cambridge University HE+ award. Keep reading to find out about the scheme, my literary themed poster, presentation and …

Poetry Analysis: The Large Cool Store by Philip Larkin.

Recently, in my English Literature class, I have been studying the poetry of Philip Larkin. I am extremely fond of Larkin’s work. One poem in particular is The Large Cool Store which comments on the themes of class, women and illusions. Below, I have written an overview, analysis and have included a copy of the …

Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Due to many recommendations from followers on my blog, I have recently read Dracula by Bram Stoker. It took me longer than expected to read this novel, yet I blame this on my college exams. Now that I have finished, I thought that I would write a quick post on my thoughts in the format …

Experience: Much Ado About Nothing in Theatre.

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity of watching an amazing production of Much Ado about Nothing in Wigan Little Theatre. Due to this theatre being local, quite small and without a large amount of funding, all of the actors were amateurs and the set was made by volunteers. For me, this gives a strong sense …

Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Horrifying, heartbreaking and emotionally haunting. The Lovely Bones was written in 2002 by Alice Sebold and is guaranteed to provoke any reader to feel an array of mixed emotions and absolute despair from the first page of the book to the very last. The novel contains an incredibly graphic and powerful storyline as it follows the …

MY MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD!

First of all, I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to Of All the Books in All the Libraries for nominating me. I was so overwhelming happy when the notification came through so thank you very much. This award has given me even more enjoyment and confidence when writing my blog!☺️ About the award: …

Day Seven: My Travels in India- Going Home.

So today is the day that I leave India and return back to Manchester, England. I am sad to be going home as I have loved all the experiences that I have gained in India. However, I am also very much looking forward to seeing my two dogs again, Tinca and Belle. I spent the …

Day Six: My Travels in India- Jaipur to Delhi.

Today, was quite a quiet day as the majority of the day was spent driving five hours from Jaipur to Delhi. The time in our minibus goes quickly as there is so much life on the streets that is entertaining to watch. I woke up at 6:30am in the morning so that I could have …

Day Five: My Travels in India- Jaipur.

Once again I am a day late with my blog hehe. Yesterday, we spent the day in Jaipur which is known as ‘the pink city’. Despite, in my opinion, having stone buildings which are more a faded orange colour rather than pink- it’s a pretty name nevertheless. We started by visiting the Amber Fort where …

Day Four: My Travels in India- Agra to Jaipur.

My fourth day in India was very busy and as I am still quite tired from my early visit to the Taj Mahal, I fell asleep before I could update my blog. The day started and I felt uneasy about leaving our hotel, which I named as ‘the yellow hotel’, as I had loved it …

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. (No Spoilers!)

My most recent read has been Gail Honeyman’s debut novel ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’. This highly emotive novel encompasses the challenges of loneliness, value of friendship and the importance of even the smallest acts of kindness.  The narrative of this novel is from the perspective of Miss Eleanor Oliphant who is an excessively polite …

Experience: My Visit to The Globe Theatre, London (featuring a scrummy afternoon tea).

Hi all, Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as a birthday present. As a relatively new admirer of Shakespeare’s work, it was an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about the life and influence of Shakespeare on modern society. Me and my parents started our day …

Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. (No spoilers!)

The Little Stranger is a gothic novel which was written by Sarah Waters in 2009. It revolves around a male narrator named Dr Faraday and his complete fascination with a grand mansion named Hundreds Hall. The story begins with an insight into Faraday’s childhood when he is first introduced to the house by his mother …

Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (No Spoilers)

Hi all, My most recent read has been a short novel named Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. I really enjoyed this book, yet was disappointed by the speed of events and the portrayal of certain characters. Keep reading to find out whether Brooklyn should be added to your reading list! The book revolves around a young, …