July 30th marks the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books, probably the most recognisable publisher in England. In the 1930’s, paperback books were all thought to be ‘pulp fiction’: poor quality genre fiction that was often too gruesome or racy to be considered literary! English publisher Allen Lane and his friend V. K. Krishna Menon, the Indian… Continue reading Penguin Books
The Theatre Royal has recently seen the return of the fantastic Northern Ballet company performing one of their most popular shows, ‘The Great Gatsby’. This year is the 75th anniversary of author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s death, and co-incidentally, his most famous work, The Great Gatsby, was published 90 years ago. The Great Gatsby is the… Continue reading Book Review: The Great Gatsby
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be counting down to Christmas with our favourite Christmas books (and their film adaptations). Book Review: A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of the most famous Christmas stories in the world. It’s been done by Doctor Who, Looney Toons and even Blackadder! Everyone knows… Continue reading Christmas Reads: A Christmas Carol
This Hallowe’en, if you’re tired of Twilight and allergic to angst, go back a century or so and read Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel Dracula.