The power of Persuasion

Maybe this is a sweeping statement (and I’m sorry if you feel so) but when people think of Jane Austen, they mostly think of Pride and Prejudice, with many people citing it as their favourite…

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Harkhuf: The new hero in children’s fiction

As I’m trying to write a children’s book myself, I often read children’s literature to get inspired; and it was because of this that I read Harkhuf The First Explorer. And crikey, have I been…

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Reader, I Married Him: the benefits of reading a short story

I read on the BBC news website the other day that us Brits just don’t have the time to read anymore. According to a new survey by The Reading Agency, 67% of us would like…

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I hate Wuthering Heights – so why have I chosen it for book group?

Controversial I know but when I first read Wuthering Heights I hated it. I can just picture the disgust on many of your faces as you read this, but it is true. I mean this…

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Exit West: Dystopia, magical fantasy and emotional truth

This is a book that everyone must read. Never before has the timing of a novel been so poignant as it explores the themes of migration, refugees and jingoistic nationalism. When the author Mohsin Hamid…

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