Donnita L. Rogers' The Women of Beowulf is far from being a romanticised tale of a Danish princess in the world of Grendels
With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Crime and Punishment overlapping this year - it is a beautiful time for such a novel. Macbeth, Macbeth is crying for a translation, and not only into Russian.
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.'
As someone who grew up stretched between Third and First Worlds, in a broken family with seven siblings scattered across the globe (each facing their own demons), there was a lot in this book that resonated with me on an intrinsic level -- things difficult for anyone to read, because of the unfiltered, unedited truth behind them.
When we think of poetry we think of old men from hundreds of years ago miserable and confused. What we do not think of is Eminem, Obama, The Streets, Hollie McNish is breaking boundaries and showing that poetry has a place and a role in the 21st century and she is using social media to bring it to the world.
Dan Brown has sold 200 million books in 52 languages, penned the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code and was named one of
Despite the apocalyptic prophecies of the literary world's grand old sage Philip Roth, who in 2010 said that the novel faces a future of denigration and dismissal by the masses, the novel continues to go from strength to strength, remaining steadfast as a source of much pleasure for society.
As Vikram Seth's Magnum Opus A Suitable Boy approaches its 20th year, since first being published by Faber & Faber, the public's affection for this epical work still remains as strong as it ever did.