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… Continue reading Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett

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

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… Continue reading The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

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… Continue reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

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… Continue reading Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close