Spotlight on Literary Heroines: Anne Shirley

I confess, I came to Anne Shirley later in life than I think you’re supposed to read her. The eleven-year-old (in the first book of L. M. Montgomery’s series, Anne of Green Gables) became a kindred spirit of mine when I was twenty-two. I was twice her age in the book, yet I became captivated…

Updating the Classics: Five Modern Retellings of Classic Stories to Read and Love

I swear one of my favourite genres of books could be called “modern retellings of classics”. I am always on the lookout for them, in particular Jane Austen retellings, which is why I am hoping that eventually the Austen Project, which paired Austen’s six novels with six contemporary bestselling authors, will eventually resurface with modern…

Favourite Period Dramas: Darcy, Green Gables and Morse

For me, autumn always seems to be period drama season, and also, that means Sunday nights spent in front of the TV watching the drama unfold against the backdrop of different historical periods, whilst I drink either tea or wine and the weather gets colder. I love how period dramas can give you a feel…