LITERATURE

Literature: The Booker Prize Shortlist Announced!

By Bill This morning saw the announcement of the Booker Prize Shortlist for 2017 and it’s safe to say that there are some surprises! First, let’s take a look at the shortlist:   Autumn by Ali Smith   Elmet by Fiona Mozley   Exit West by Moshin Hamid   Lincoln in the Bardo by George…
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Literature: The Top 7 Villainous Psychopaths in Literature

By Bill I’m no doctor, so I can’t say for certain whether the following psychos have true psychopathy/sociopathy, however they all display many of the traits of a psychopath and it’s invariably what makes them so good at being villainous. Now, not all of these are actually villains but they are all, to varying degrees,…
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Literature: The Top 8 Salman Rushdie Novels of All Time

By Bill I’ve said before how I believe that Salman Rushdie is the best author still working today and so with the release of his new novel The Golden House being put on shop shelves this very day, I thought I’d try and showcase some of his best work by ranking the top eight.  …
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Literature: 6 Children’s Book that are Actually for Adults

By Bill We all love a good children’s book every now and again, however most of us read them for their inherent nostalgia. There are a handful of books out there, though, that can be read and thoroughly enjoyed at any age, and I have a sneaking suspicion, that they weren’t even written for adults…
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Literature: The Top 10 Japanese Novels of All Time

By Bill With the help of Haruki Murakami, Japanese literature has become extremely common in the mainstream literary world. Along with the obvious British and American fiction, Japan has wormed its way into the public consciousness and (in the case of a new Murakami novel) engenders the same level of hype that was often reserved…
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Literature: Top 10 Pets in Literature

By Bill I’m going to be using the word ‘pet’ relatively loosely in this article. By ‘pet’, I mean any animal that features in literature that is owned or at least looked after by one of the characters from the story they appear in. I am also discounting animals that don’t actually exist, so anyone…
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Literature: My Experience With The Wheel Of Time… So Far…

By James A little while ago now, my cousin recommended to me a series that blew my mind, The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan; it’s quite possibly the best fantasy series since The Lord Of The Rings. Not only that - it is also, roughly, 7 times longer... Hence the ‘So Far’ in the…
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Literature: Top 8 Villains in 20th Century Literature

By Bill What would a good novel be without a good villain? Bridget Jones. See, you need a villain. Whether it’s an all-powerful sorcerer or a malignant, scheming best friend, here are some of the best from the 20th Century. I had to narrow it down to one century as the list started growing and…
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