“Le Morte Darthur”: Book Review #1

I've decided to break this review up into a few parts, just because Le Morte Darthur is a pretty intense read. Part one is only actually going to cover the first 81 pages of Thomas Malory's text, which are considered, in this particular edition (Oxford 2008), the first section, or book, in this tale of King Arthur …

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“Pearl”: Poem Review

Generally speaking, poems are quite difficult things to review. They can be extremely emotive and personal, their meanings subjective to the reader's perspective and background. To review such a personal thing can therefore seem harsh and unfeeling. Despite this, however, there are some poems, such as epic poems and poems which act as stories and …

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Author Spotlight: Virginia Woolf

Here's another of my mini author biography pages, which were originally written for the Sixth Sense Sixth Form Newspaper. The full edition of this February version is available through this link, here. Enjoy! Virginia Woolf, one of the most reputable writers of the twentieth century, is renowned for her controversial and experimental ideas. More than anything else, …

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“Accidental Damage”: Book Review

I was recently asked to review a self-published book by Alice May, called Accidental Damage; whilst this is not a genre of book that I have really explored before, this book really impressed me, and I have therefore copied my review below! Enjoy! Alice May’s Accidental Damage offers a first-person account of the trials and incidents …

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Guess How Much I Love You

This short story is for the purposes for the competition at Creative Writing Ink. “This is important, Daniel,” Selene hissed, slapping her husband with the playsuit she clutched in her sweaty palms. “If it’s pink then we’re making assumptions about her future, but if it’s blue we’re doing that, too! And, you know, I was reading …

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“Great Expectations”: Book Review

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is not it's narrative, form or symbolism, but the way in which it was published. Unlike most Victorian novels, Dickens published Great Expectations in a serialised form, releasing one chapter or section, once a week, every week, for eight months. It was published in All the Year Round magazine, a …

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Play Review: The Taming of the Shrew

We all know Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth, but we are generally less educated in Shakespeare's comedies. The fact of it is, though, that Shakespeare wrote more comedies than he did tragedies or histories. This review will focus on one of Shakespeare's lesser known comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, which, in my opinion, has some of the most …

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“What is a Novel?” / Book Review: “Roxana”

One of the most important questions in literature, and yet one which is rarely asked, is, “where did the novel come from?”. Many assume that it has always been there, supposing, perhaps that it is a term as easily associated with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, as it is with Homeric epic. Whilst the …

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