Week 25: The unnatural beauty of Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights book review "It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors." So wrote an American critic in 1848 upon publication of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's first and only novel. He was not alone. Shock, disgust and bewilderment were the most common reactions, with one reviewer even suggesting the book should be [...]

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Week 24: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses book review When is the last time you wrote a letter? Or received one? I'm not talking about messaging someone on Facebook, having a chat on Whatsapp, or even exchanging emails - which, by the way, are going the way of the dodo. Teens have pretty much abandoned email in favour [...]

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Week 23: Fanny Hill exposed

Fanny Hill book review Forget what you've been told. Disregard the scenes of degradation, despair and early death depicted by Hogarth. The fact is, there was no greater bliss than working the sex trade in 18th Century London. The women in charge of the brothels were kind and caring, the clients were gallant and [...]

By |2018-09-08T18:36:48+00:00November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 22: Moll Flanders and the economics of vice

Moll Flanders book review Having decided to spend the next few weeks revisiting some of my favourite "bad girls" I've started with the author who literally wrote the book on virtue succumbing to vanity and vice: Daniel Defoe and his eponymous heroine, Moll Flanders. (Spoiler alert: while virtue wins out in the end, it [...]

By |2018-09-08T18:56:02+00:00November 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments