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19 January 2016 @ 03:40 pm
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Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class. It is subtitled ‘.

My Opinion: Continue reading Mary Barton: a review

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10 January 2016 @ 01:50 pm

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The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

The Woodlanders is a novel by Thomas Hardy and it was serialised from May 1886 to April 1887 in Macmillan’s Magazine and published in three volumes in 1887.  It is not well-known as are other of his books, but to the best of my knowledge it is regarded as one of Hardy’s major novels and, according to Wikipedia, it is considered Continue reading The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy (review)

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02 January 2016 @ 11:44 am

Peter Gilmore & Anne Stallybrass in The Onedin Line (1971)

I have just watched the very first episode of The Onedin Line, a 1971 BBC production and although I am perfectly ready to admit that I am long overdue, I cannot help but feeling a new obsession coming up.

Plot: James Onedin is a poor young skipper in Liverpool who dreams of starting his own shipping business and breaking free from his powerful boss. In order to acquire his first ship, Charlotte Rhodes, he marries Anne the daughter of the ship owner and the adventure begins…
Continue reading The Wind Blows Free

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30 December 2015 @ 07:11 pm

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/12/2015 - Programme Name: And Then There Were None - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Fred Narracott (CHRISTOPHER HATHERALL), General Macarthur (SAM NEILL), Philip Lombard (AIDEN TURNER), Dr Armstrong (TOBY STEPHENS), William Blore (BURN GORMAN), Judge Wargrave (CHARLES DANCE), Vera Claythorne (MAEVE DERMODY) - (C) Mammoth Screen - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Plot: A group of people is lured into coming to an island under different pretexts. All have been complicit in the death(s) of other human beings but either escaped justice or committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction. The guests and servants are charged with their respective crimes by a gramophone recording after dinner the first night and informed that they have been brought to the island to pay for their actions and one by one are starting to die in a manner that seems to parallel the ten deaths in the nursery rhyme.

The nursery rhyme: Continue reading And then there were none (2015): a review

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28 December 2015 @ 10:30 am

Due to the fact that I was writing my dissertation this year, I didn’t manage to achieve my goodreads goal, which was to read 27 books in 2015. However, I did manage to read some really interesting and worth reading books, some of which I was meaning to read for a long time, and I guess that should count for something.

9. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins


One of the books I always meant to read was The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I am a sucker for good detective stories and mysteries (I totally blame Agatha Christie for that), so I really do not have an excuse for not having read all these years the novel that started all.
Continue reading Top Books Read in 2015

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19 December 2015 @ 09:45 am
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Sonya Rostova
is a fictional character in Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel War and Peace.  She is the orphaned niece of Count and Countess Rostov and, as a result, she is living with the Rostov family. She and her cousin Natasha share a very special bond and they are inseparable. At the start of the novel, 15-year-old Sonya is in love with her cousin, Nikolai Rostov, who initially reciprocates her feelings. Sonya has no dowry and Nikolai’s mother opposes the match. However,....

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08 July 2015 @ 05:19 pm
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