The Essex Serpent Review – Neo-Victorian fiction

The Essex Serpent Review – Neo-Victorian fiction

One genre of fiction that never ceases to gain new editions or followers is Neo-Victorian writing. From period dramas to prequels and sequels of beloved classics, it seems we cannot get enough of the Victorian era. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is one of the latest editions to the genre, and certainly does not [...]

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The Handmaid’s Tale – 1984 Meets Trump’s America

The Handmaid’s Tale – 1984 Meets Trump’s America

The release of the TV adaptation of Margret Atwood's '80s classic The Handmaid’s Tale earlier this year not only gave creator Bruce Miller a wave of critical acclaim but also instigated a revival of interest in Atwood’s book. More than anything, her dystopian America about an extremely conservative republic that treats women as state-controlled breeders [...]

Swimming Home – a story that is both familiar and unknown

Swimming Home – a story that is both familiar and unknown

Straight away, Swimming Home presents us with a story that is both familiar and unknown. We are in Nice in 1994, where two families are sharing a villa for the summer. Joe Jacobs, the elusive, famous poet, his war-correspondent wife Isabel, and their teenage daughter Nina make up one family. The couple staying with them [...]

Go Set A Watchman – an unsatisfying but thought-provoking story

Go Set A Watchman – an unsatisfying but thought-provoking story

"Every man's island, Jean Louise, every man's watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscience" In July 2015, the long-awaited companion to Harper Lee's iconic To Kill A Mockingbird exploded onto bookshelves, only to be met with mixed reviews by faithful Mockingbird devotees. In Go Set A Watchman, we re-meet the beloved [...]