Five Books About Family

My recent visit to my family has brought to the front of my mind just how important family is, but while family life plays a significant role in much of children’s literature it is often less prominent in adult literature, no doubt reflecting the greater variety of influences and situations in adult life. But there is some literature which places family life front and centre, and here’s my list of five of the best. Continue reading “Five Books About Family”

Author Profile: Jane Austen (1775-1817)

It would be inaccurate to call Jane Austen one of the greatest female novelists in the English language: she is, quite simply, one of the greatest novelists, male or female, in the history of English literature. Her work marks a period of transition between the highly-stylised novels of ‘sensibility’, which focussed on evoking an emotional response in the reader and had previously dominated the nascent world of the English novel, and the realism which would come to fruition in the work of writers like Dickens. Continue reading “Author Profile: Jane Austen (1775-1817)”

English Literature in 10 Classic Reads

The French may have a reputation for making the best wine. The Italians and the Dutch may have been renowned for centuries as the world’s finest artists. Germany may have produced some of history’s greatest composers. But when it comes to words, no-one does it quite like the English. Continue reading “English Literature in 10 Classic Reads”