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Apology of Jane Austen

  Even though, nowadays, a commonly held opinion is that Jane Austen’s novels are somewhat unsubstantial and lacking of grandeur, compared to the realist masters Charles Dickens and George Eliot, researching the publication history of her works has lead me … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Tribute

This February we come to the 200th Anniversary of Austen seminal piece of work Pride & Prejudice. We seem to be at a time when Austen’s appeal may be somewhat wavering.  Her fragile popularity has been put down to multiple … Continue reading

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eBook vs. Printed Press Debate

Introduction: Do you remember when you were in Primary school and a teacher announced a school trip? Once you had figured out what you were going to wear, who you were going to sit next to on the coach, the … Continue reading

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Review: “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson

“The Psychopath Test” is a piece of very entertaining non-fiction. However, I could easily have been fooled into believing it was a cleverly written book, purely created via the imagination. It’s not the kind of non-fiction that makes you feel … Continue reading

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Rabbit Stew by Robin Marchal

Rabbit Stew. Slightly pink and slightly white Tender to taste, in texture light, I’m moved to the greens of our Uni acres Where bunny white tails, pert creators, Scurry right and left and straight ahead To their burrows and safety … Continue reading

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2012 in Review: A Big Thank You to Our Contributors!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Review: ‘A Possible Life’ by Sebastian Faulks

Set in five different places in five different times, ‘A Possible Life’ is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Rather than a single solid story, Faulks’ new work is a series of novellas  set in different space or time, however, joined … Continue reading

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