Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett

At university I signed up for a course called Demonic Literature, and started doing some of the reading in the summer holidays. When term began, we were told the course had been cancelled - cue mass anger from English Lit students (i.e. ineffectual grumbling). I had already read and annotated over half of Dostoyevsky's Demons for [...]

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Best of 2012: Rook, Swimming Home, Hawthorn & Child, and Object Lessons – Guest Post by Alan Bowden

This guest post has been written by blogger and philosophy PhD student Alan Bowden. Alan's blog Words of Mercury is an intelligent and well-written book blog with a variety of texts as well as Alan's own fiction and poetry. Here he talks about his favourite books of 2012 (he couldn't choose just one!), Rook by [...]

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

Firstly, this book needed/needs more publicity. What's going on Random House? It was published in August and I came across it by chance - and it's Jeanette Winterson! Jeanette bloody Winterson! AND it's published in association with Hammer, who are super famous for their classic horror films (and a few more modern things too). You'd [...]

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

ADDENDUM 30/06/2014: Please note that I was young and impressionable when I wrote this review. Now, older and wiser, my opinion of Caitlin Moran has changed somewhat. Since Moranthology was published and I have read more of her work as well as more of the things she has said in the press, I have come [...]

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Before you say anything - Girls in White Dresses is not chick-lit. I wouldn't have read it if it was. It just sort of looks and sort of sounds like it; but when you think about it, it only looks like it because the cover has pink writing and a girl in a white dress [...]