Tag: England

By January 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL

Nodding to the current political climate, this debut mystery from former political corespondent Sarah Vaughan will add to the growing unrest about consent, sexual misconduct, and corruption. British political figure James Whitehouse has been convicted of a crime and his wife, Sophie, has made it abundantly clear she will stand by his side no matter […]

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Mysteries on the Small Screen: Happy Valley

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Happy Valley

Title: Happy Valley Starring: Sarah Lancashire and Siobhan Finneran First aired: April 2014–March 2016 (BBC) Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon One of the most absorbing and wrenching cop shows I’ve seen in years, the ironically named Happy Valley is set in a West Yorkshire town where it sometimes seems as though half the population is trying […]

Beyond Brexit: Ten Books that Reimagine Great Britain

Beyond Brexit: Ten Books that Reimagine Great Britain

Great Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union has left many people thinking, “I can’t believe it!” Well, UK novelists have been dreaming up unimaginable political scenarios for decades—like in these alternative British histories.     Alfred and Emily, by Doris Lessing Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis Emperor, by Stephen Baxter The Eyre Affair, by […]

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English Majors, Rejoice: Merchant Ivory Films Are Coming Back to Theaters

English Majors, Rejoice: Merchant Ivory Films Are Coming Back to Theaters

Here’s some news you might have missed last month: the New York Times and Variety reported that Merchant Ivory’s independent films have been acquired by the Cohen Media Group, who intend to restore the films and re-release them in theaters. Be prepared to see theatrical re-releases of classics like Howard’s End and other films dear to the […]

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life
By September 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life

First published in 1960, the debut of Storey (who would later win the Man Booker Prize for Saville, 1976) tells the gritty tale of Arthur Machin, a factory worker in northern England who becomes a star rugby player but can never quite get over a failed relationship with his landlady. The tone is set at […]

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Coming Back to Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
By November 14, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Coming Back to Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

I read Jeanette Winterson’s debut autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit years ago, so I was intrigued to see what her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, would be like in revisiting some of the same material. I am preparing to lead a discussion on this book next week for […]

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