The Original Goths: Why Women Write Gothic Horror

One of my first introductions to the history of women in the world was through the anti-suffrage propaganda poster 'A Woman's Mind Magnified'. A mind-bendingly offensive insight into the machinations of the political and social elite, this sort of propaganda has always accompanied efforts by marginalised groups to escape the confines into which their entire … Continue reading The Original Goths: Why Women Write Gothic Horror

The Genius Of Agatha Christie: 99 Years On

A few years ago, I had the unbelievable good fortune of working on the film sets of both Poirot and Miss Marple. I stumbled into this as an unexpected consequence of my time spent as a tour guide and House deputy at the triumphantly gothic Knebworth House. The building's uniquely turreted, gargoyled exterior has secured its position as … Continue reading The Genius Of Agatha Christie: 99 Years On

Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

It is unsurprising, given my own struggles, that I have always been intrigued by fictional representations of mental illness. As society-at-large attempts to redress some of the taboos surrounding psychological ailments, the publishing industry has been working overtime to fill the gaping chasm in accurate portrayals of mental illness. While there is still an incredible … Continue reading Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

When Books Burn: Libraries, Looting, And The Destruction Of Culture In Conflict

"Throughout Bosnia, libraries, archives, museums and cultural institutions have been targeted for destruction, in an attempt to eliminate the material evidence - books, documents and works of art - that could remind future generations that people of different ethnic and religious traditions once shared a common heritage in Bosnia." (Andras Riedlmayer) In 1992, Bosnia's National … Continue reading When Books Burn: Libraries, Looting, And The Destruction Of Culture In Conflict

The Mysterious Magic Of ‘The Little Prince’

While on the hunt for some replacement books this week, I had the amazing fortune of coming across a 1946 French edition of Le Petit Prince for just $8. Not only does this prove the eternal wisdom of shopping for books second-hand, it also reacquainted me with one of my all-time favourite books. I first came across The Little … Continue reading The Mysterious Magic Of ‘The Little Prince’