UK Literature

Jessica Elgot

FINALLY REVEALED: #WaterstonesTexan Tells HuffPostUK What He Was Reading

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

The question on everyone's lips since the #WaterstonesTexan, tourist David Willis, got stuck late at night in a central London bookstore is - what was...

How #WaterstonesTexan Should Have Spent His Two Hours Trapped...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Mystery still surrounds the two hours that Texan tourist David Willis spent locked in Waterstones in Trafalgar Square. Though we know that the twe...

'Quotation Is A Serviceable Substitution For Wit.' Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde! Yes, if we can celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, then we don't see any reason for not celebrating Mr Wi...

As Happy as a Pig in Lit? The Dangers of Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

If humanised portrayals increase a child's empathy for animals - and such portrayals are ubiquitous across children's books, cartoons, films and toys - why do those with a positive attitude towards animals occupy such a marginalised position in society?

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Rupert Thomson Interview: 'To Write Fiction at All Is a Moral Act'

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With globe-trotting having fed his muse (he has lived in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Thomson has now based his family in London, his intellect undimmed by what some might call the coziness of home.

A Reluctantly Pessimistic Interpretation of Moby-Dick

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Walter Benjamin once said that 'it is not books that live inside the reader, it is he who lives inside them.' The aforementioned Swansonian interpretation of Moby-Dick is utterly representative of the man...

Top Fictional Hotels From TV, Film and Literature

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Trivago.co.uk

This week sees the release of the most hotly-anticipated book for years: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. The new novel is the first to feature world-renowned Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot since the death of original creator Agatha Christie. Little is known about the upcoming novel apart from its setting: the mysterious Bloxham Hotel. And so to celebrate, trivago.co.uk has compiled a list of the most iconic fictional hotels.

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

'Celibacy Was Not Working Out For Me' Says Nun Turned Probation Officer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Elizabeth Upton's life may read like the script for a Hollywood film, but her incredible story is absolutely real. Liz became a nun at the age of 1...

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I was paradoxically condemned to be both pretentious and a philistine. I was both too smart and too dumb. I was, ultimately, just plain old wrong. My family's condemnations were, much like A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather bland and confusing.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore: Judging a Book by its Cover

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I have read quite a few well-known, critically acclaimed plays yet none of them were quite as entertaining - or indeed shocking - as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Ford explores an extremely provocative subject matter - essentially, the morality of incest - in a sort of lively, almost playful, fashion.

Common Sense Politics in The Grapes of Wrath

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck supports collective ownership: 'If this tractor were ours it would be good - not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours.'

Novelists Should Write Every Day - But Does Writing Non-Fiction 'Count'?

John Lucas | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?

Howard Jacobson Interview: The Brave New Word of 'J'

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The novel, set in a dystopia of the future, is a love story between loner artists, Ailinn and Kevern, and is a dark turn for a writer who has made his name by making others laugh. But behind every joke has not the impetus for its telling been borne of something more desperate and tragic?

What Do You Think Of The New 'Creepy' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Cover?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us who were Roald Dahl fans as kids loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Willy Wonka, its 'good conquers evil' core, Oompa-Loompas and,...

Does Politicising Education Start With Changing the Reading List?

Ian Stanley | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Stanley

This appointment will only really be revealed as a success or failure over the next couple of months. That includes finding out the sort of changes Hoare will make, and the influence over decisions he is allowed. It could be a great leap that proves taking a business-sided angle was just what was needed - or it could further a politicisation that Gove set in motion before he left.

Why I'm Giving Homeless People Books, Not Food

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Someone who has been sleeping rough for years might read a book that suddenly gives him or her an idea for a way out of the circumstances they're faced with. They might read about a situation somewhere in the world and find their new passion through it. Or they might even decide that the words they've read are so inspiring, they want to get back on their feet so they can inspire people in their own way.

Blur, Fitzgerald and Keats: Literary Influences From Popular Culture

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

When I was 18, I bought F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night under the assumption that Fitzgerald had derived his title from a song by an Essex based Brit-pop band. I came to the conclusion that the author, like me, was a fan of Blur.

We All Know That Aspiring Writers Crave Publication - The Question Is, Should They?

John Lucas | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

At the moment I am reading a new novel by a young British author, published by a small but reputable UK house. It is terrible. OK, perhaps I should qu...

Words of War

Alex Martinez | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alex Martinez

Perhaps that is why writers, in whatever form or style or language, feel so compelled to continue writing about war - because, for the most part, the lessons these stories have to teach us aren't being learnt; the implications of the lies they expose aren't being absorbed.

A Trip Down Ethical Memory Lane

Harriet Lamb | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We all remember with horror the great-aunts who would exclaim: 'My how you have grown'. In my case, it was especially excruciating as it usually meant I'd grown out rather than up, unlike my tall siblings. Fast forward several years and suddenly we've all become that aunt. Before we know it, we find ourselves parroting the same words when children we haven't seen for a while, have suddenly shot up.

Don't Underestimate Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

Children, like adults, have the right to see books that reflect the world around them, and the broader world, too. That means, yes, featuring different races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, classes, ages, and so on, and also exploring political, moral, physical, and emotional issues

Reading Lolita in Public

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

There I am, sitting on the train, surrounded by bored, lonely and judgemental strangers, reading the words that grace those infamous pages... 'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.'