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“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens Charles Dickens, author and social critic, is one of the most well loved authors in the world and the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. He has created some of the most iconic literary characters of all time, and enjoyed unprecedented success during his…

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Lebrecht Authors Collection

Posted by Published on November 27, 2018

“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” – P.G. Wodehouse   From Plato to Satre, Shakespeare to Dickens, the Lebrecht Authors collection provides an amazing breadth and depth of literature related material. See below for a selection of curated lightboxes exploring authors, their lives, and book illustrations. You can also delve into the photography of Horst Tappe, who…

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Beloved author and creator of Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë will be 200 years old on the 30th July 2018. In anticipation of the upcoming anniversary we thought we would take a look at the shy but brilliant woman behind one of the greatest works in literature.     Emily Brontë was born on 30 July 1818 in the village of Thornton Market Street in Yorkshire…

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“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the…

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The 18th of July 2017 will mark two centuries since the death of one of England’s most famous and revered authors. In tribute to Jane Austen, the Bank of England has confirmed that the writer will be honoured as the face of the new polymer £10 note.  Austen came of age in England’s Georgian era, a time of immense social and artistic change. Besides the…

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At this time of the year newspapers and magazines are always full of favourite books for the holidays – what is a good read for the beach, for the mountains, for long train journeys? Do you have such a favourite book? Maybe even one you can read time and again without getting tired of it? Mine is definitely F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s “Tender is the Night”…

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Enjoy War & Peace? Well, if that’s wetted your appetite for the “Golden Age” of Russian literature and culture, catch the latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. As part of an exchange with Moscow, Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky coincides with an exhibition of loaned portraits of famous Britons at the prestigious State Tretyakov Gallery this year to celebrate both galleries 160th birthdays….

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The Slipstream Mystery

Posted by Published on January 23, 2016

Among the questions asked to a writer, the one regarding what genre his or her work fall into is a common recurrence. For a long time I dreaded that question, being unable to find a satisfactory answer. Fiction? Too broad. Science fiction? Too vague. Until I was finally told that my series, ‘The Fog Chronicles’, fitted into a niche literary genre: slipstream. What is slipstream?…

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