UK Literature

Agatha Christie's 'Hoarded' Fan Letters Reveal Her Stories Touched The Darkest Places

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK

Agatha Christie touched her fans lives in extraordinary ways, as newly-published fan mail sent to the creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple reveal...

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

Going Underground: The London Modernist Literary Event at the Cockpit Theatre

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Things have changed in the world of publishing and the literary festival is now perhaps the only means by which the industry at large can bridge the ever-widening gap between the writer and his reading public.

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.

Good Advice From John Masefield

Richard Masefield | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

My last memory of my famous cousin John Masefield dates from the early 1960s, when I visited him at his home, Burcote Brook, on the Thames at Abingdon near Oxford. As the author of over seventy works of poetry, non-fiction, novels, plays and children's books, and as Poet Laureate for more than thirty years, John was already a literary legend.

This Site Turns Your Tweets Into Poetry

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Tech

Poetweet is a remarkable website that looks through your tweets and turns them into strangely beautiful surrealist poetry. Created in Brazil the we...

Seven Reasons Why I Read Haruki Murakami

Ellis Shuman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.

The Call of the Pub Crawl: Trepidation and Intemperance in East London

Harry Cockburn | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Cockburn

In the throes of a wild drinking evening, you become the hero of your own depraved drama. Shirts are trifling details. A human in the grip of a fully realised pub crawl is on an expedition into the dark unknown.

Paul Fournel, 'Dear Reader' and the Future of the Publishing Industry

Ben Mirza | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Robert Dubois is a comfortable, elegantly dissipated publisher of the old school tradition, drifting into the twilight years of a career filled with jolly literary lunches and yellowing manuscripts.

And The Winner Of The Bad Sex Award 2014 Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

He may have won the Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize. But on Wednesda...

What You Need To Know About Award-Winning 'The Miniaturist' Author Jessie Burton

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist has been named Waterstones' Book of the Year, which is pretty impressive considering we hadn't even heard of the autho...

Some Thoughts on Charity at Christmastime

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

If we want to stamp out homelessness, and poverty, and starvation, and all of the other problems we are currently facing, the answer doesn't lie in a donation once a year. If we really want to challenge these social ills, we have to bond together and stand in solidarity with the less fortunate - all year round.

Poetry, the Art Form That Tries To Think Before It Speaks

Jason Holmes | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

In a recent interview with Andrew Marr, the writer and broadcaster Clive James said he'd "be lost without poetry" and in doing so spoke for us all. We, like James, take refuge in words, bathing in the salve of their sound, of English used with precision and intent...

Why Not Bring Colour Into Readers' Lives?

Richard Masefield | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

For generations writers have used coloured ink in correspondence. Jane Austen wrote in ink made from iron gall, which first appeared as a pale grey, d...

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 30.11.2014 | 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 23.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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" ...