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Polly Travels: Dickens World, the weirdest celebration of Dickens yet

[All images my own]. With all of this Charles Dickens hype at the moment (February 7th will be the bicentenary of his birth), I’ve been thinking about the great man and felt the need to blog about my visit to his very own mini theme park in Chatham, Kent. The area is well suited to … Continue reading

Brighton Rock – stick to the plot, please

One of the first films I saw this year (apart from a re-run of my old favourite, The Eagle Has Landed) was the remake of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. I read the book in 2011 and liked its balance of intrigue and deliberately uncomfortable moments, especially concerning the amoral gang leader, Pinkie Brown. When it … Continue reading

One of Your Own: Carol Ann Lee discusses her book on Myra Hindley

‘That awful mug shot’ was how the famous murderess Myra Hindley described the 1965 image that has sealed her in the public memory for decades. She bemoaned the fact that it was permanently associated with her, arguing in an open letter to the Guardian newspaper that ‘people can change’. Carol Ann Lee grew up knowing … Continue reading

The Best of Everything – a book that speaks to women across the generations

Rona Jaffe’s debut novel was first published in the 1950s when she was just twenty-six. The driving force for her, thematically, was the wall of silence concerning the lives of women at work and going out into the world for the first time. Though she focuses on the publishing industry in New York, the scenarios … Continue reading

Are Book Covers Too Generic? The Male Edition

Of course, it goes without saying that my book cover articles are not exclusively for ‘male’ or ‘female’ readers; I’m focusing on the target audience that a specific genre of book is aimed at. In the case of these three stereotypical offerings, which again have been mocked up by me to illustrate a point, men … Continue reading

Three books to read this year…

If I had to choose just three books (excluding the ones I’ve already ploughed through) to try in 2011, I’d pick these: The Book of Human Skin, by Michelle Lovric. The title intrigues me and the cover art reminded me of Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle, which I loved. Lovric’s story is set in Venice and … Continue reading

Are Book Covers Too Generic? The Female Edition

Whilst sitting down to the first in a new series of the excellent TV Book Club on More 4, it occurred to me that I knew exactly what kind of fiction they were going to discuss, merely by looking at the cover artwork. These days, publishers are completely switched on to tried and tested colour-schemes … Continue reading

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