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History & Film | A Still & Quiet Horror: Lady Macbeth

As I write this, it’s nearing Halloween, so my first thought was to pick something rather monstrous – perhaps the various incarnations of ...Read Article

Precious and Fragile Places: Sally Zigmond Digs into Sarah Maine’s Multi-layered Novel, Women of the Dunes

Sarah Maine’s historical novels cover a variety of periods, with Scotland at the forefront as setting, although other countries known for their ...Read Article

The Moral Benefit of Pain: How the Discovery of Chloroform Led to Murder

We take pain relief for granted, especially the mothers amongst us, whose childbirth was made bearable by some form of anaesthetic. In the ...Read Article

History & Film: My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel: The Beauty of Ambiguity In my personal canon of Gothic literature, Daphne du Maurier is one of the greater saints. ...Read Article

New Voices: Kate Howard, Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Anna Mazzola & Alix Rickloff

Dark secrets, deadly deeds and beauty are tightly interlaced in the novels of debut novelists Kate Howard, Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Anna Mazzola and ...Read Article

Deception, Lies, Murder & Mystery: Anna Mazzola’s The Unseeing

Anna Mazzola’s atmospheric debut novel, The Unseeing (Tinder, 2016 / Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017), is a dazzling blend of fact and fiction, truth and deception, as ...Read Article

Weathering the Storm: Alison Case Sets Nelly Dean’s Own Story Straight

A literary critic once wrote that the careful balance of characters in Emily Brontë’s renowned work, Wuthering Heights, was divided between “children ...Read Article

Cleaners and Cowkeepers’ Wives: Isabella Ford & the Suffragists of Leeds

Strong women. Northern women. The two seem to have been fixed in the national consciousness since Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner first went ...Read Article

The Price of Beauty: Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Goodwin’s The Fortune Hunter

The loveliest woman in Europe. Such was the burden of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary during the Victorian period. Known ...Read Article

The Magic of Frog Music

Emma Donoghue discusses her latest novel. The gold rush is over, and San Francisco is growing into the eclectic Californian city we know ...Read Article