Books

Greatest Closing Lines In Literature

Something I’ve started paying greater attention to lately is the closing lines in various novels and poems. I always find that in the greatest pieces of literary work, the closing lines are the ones that really pack a punch. Below are some of my favourite closing lines in literature from the novels and poems I’ve […]

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Review

Life has been getting in the way of a lot of things recently for me. One of those things has been reading, which has further been discouraging me from writing. After all, my blogs are more or less based around books, and ideas I’ve gotten from books. As I’ve been doing less of this than […]

Jane Eyre: An Early Feminist or Weak-Willed Victim?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of the most famous novels in print today. It is studied across schools and universities around the world, and has had countless film adaptations made of it. Most people seem to think of Jane Eyre as being somewhere in the realm of romance; they see it as a […]

The First Draft Syndrome

If you’ve ever made any kind of attempt at creative writing, you probably know the infamous first draft syndrome. Most writers will suffer from it at some point, and it usually comes after they’ve written anything – whether that be a short story, a novel a poem or anything else. I have been suffering from […]

In Defence of Slytherin

If you’ve ever read JK Rowling’s now famous Harry Potter series, you’ll probably know a lot about the universe she constructed, where wizards and witches attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and learn magic. There are four houses that students can be sorted into when they arrive at Hogwarts; these are Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff […]

Is the Diary of Anne Frank Pornographic?

The Diary of Anne Frank has burst into the spotlight of the international media this week with a great suddenness. Most people have heard of the diary; it is the real life musings of a teenage girl who died at the hands of the Holocaust. She and her family went into hiding to avoid the […]

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

Adrian Mole has fascinated readers across the world since he first burst onto the literary scene in 1982. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 was one of the defining novels of many an adolescence. Full of angst, pimples, Pandora Braithwaite and out of control families, the novel was almost an assault on […]