The Professor

A review of Charlotte Brontë’s very first novel, rejected for publication before the more successful ‘Jane Eyre’, and an insight into its inspiration.

The Bell Jar

A review of Sylvia Plath’s exploration of mental health issues and gender inequality, ‘The Bell Jar’.

Tristram Shandy

A reflection on Laurence Sterne’s 18th century, satirical novel, ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’. Or just ‘Tristram Shandy’.

The Reader

Looking at translation (as a language learner) and difficult themes in Bernhard Schlink’s ‘The Reader’. Originally ‘Der Vorleser’, translated by Carol Brown Janeway.

The Moonstone

A review of Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Moonstone’, generally considered the first full-length detective novel in the English language.


A review of and brief focus on the inspirations of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ or ‘The Modern Prometheus’.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A short review of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, which I recently re-read.

Great Expectations

A volume-by-volume review of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’.

Warning: This post includes potential spoilers. The review of Volume One should whet your appetite – but please don’t read any further if you plan to read the book.