Alice Broadway’s Spark – the power of a story brilliantly told.

In her TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the power of storytelling to shape the narrative of a group of people. To know only one story, one version of events, is to remain ignorant, or worse. In Spark, Alice Broadway’s second novel and a follow up her to her … Continue reading Alice Broadway’s Spark – the power of a story brilliantly told.

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David Hewson’s Juliet and Romeo Blog Tour – an interview

Published by Dome Press, David Hewson's Juliet and Romeo is a fascinating new take on what is possibly the most famous of love stories. I've watched productions of Shakespeare's play countless times but have always felt that Juliet's character, so pivotal to events, often got lost in all the noise and posturing of the other … Continue reading David Hewson’s Juliet and Romeo Blog Tour – an interview

Powerful forces in Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Apart from the wonderful Jonah Hancock, the unwitting new owner of a mermaid as the novel begins, this is a novel about powerful female forces and women who wish to exert control over their lives, however difficult that might be. Eighteenth Century London is vividly brought to life by Gowar; we meet merchants, bawds, prostitutes, … Continue reading Powerful forces in Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber – vivid retellings of old tales

There’s a knowing playfulness with which Angela Carter handles gothic conventions in her collection of tales in The Bloody Chamber. From the virginal bride in the titular story being carried south to her new husband’s castle, ‘the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through … Continue reading Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber – vivid retellings of old tales