The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

A review of Henry Fielding’s momentous (and scandalous) Picaresque novel.


Wide Sargasso Sea

A review of Jean Rhys’ famous…well, that would give the game away.

The Case for Liberty

Originally posted on Loving engels instead:
For the United Kingdom, the post-war period was a time of great difficulty, but also of great hope for a better future. Britons who have lived through the Second World War do not remember those days with anything like the unbridled horror we might suppose – on the contrary,…

A Stubbed Toe

A really, really, really short story. Exactly 80 words.


A contemplation of Jacob Polley’s weird and wonderful TS Eliot-prize-winning poetry collection.

Celebrating Literature

Surrounded on all four sides by shelves and shelves of Victorian books, students from Years 7 – 13, their supporters, and a handful of acclaimed writers gathered under the Portico Library’s magnificent ceiling dome for a celebration of reading, writing and all-things-literary. I was invited to attend after having been awarded a Special Commendation for…