Category: Theme

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Angels

Angels appear to be very popular in literature. Here is a sample of popular and not-yet-so-popular angels. Where Angels fear to tread – EM Forster (read it here) Knowledge of Angels – Jill Paton...

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Toilets

For some reason, people seem to be fascinated with toilets. I remember being absolutely fascinated by the chapter in Mud, Blood and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan detailing the facilities on the Western Front during...

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The value of reading

pic.twitter.com/ONOz7Mbipi — Leslie Tate (@LSTateAuthor) 19 January 2017 Does Reading Make You Healthier and Happier? https://t.co/9zIIaXErF1 via @janice_spina — Robbie Cheadle (@bakeandwrite) 19 January 2017 True?? pic.twitter.com/csUQNeNmqB — Booktips (@Booktips_tweet) 27 January 2017 Thanks...

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Book settings: England, not London

Setting a book in a particular place creates a link, a special kind of magic. I can’t say it’s better than an ‘ungrounded’ book – both can be deep and meaningful, one easily transcending...

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I wrote a letter…

Letter writing has somewhat gone out of fashion today having been replaced by emails. I don’t know about you, but I still get a bit of a thrill when a letter arrives, not one...

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Kites

The idea of making things fly has an appeal for most young people irrespective of gender or where born. The precision that goes into making paper aeroplanes, watching youngsters hold a banana leaf behind...

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Green Eyes or Brown?

2% of people on this planet have green eyes. — Fact (@Fact) 2 March 2017 Seeing this Fact, I wondered how important it was for authors to specify their characters’ eye colour, so took...

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The craft of writing

We will none of us become a good writer unless we become a great reader. David Morely #amwriting #writing pic.twitter.com/NJ459y2P8L — TheUnNovelist (@TheUnNovelist) 14 January 2017 "Writing a novel is like driving a car...

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Reconciliation

If one wanted to identify a theme in the books I enjoy, it will most likely be Reconciliation. People finding ways to put aside their differences and come to a closer understanding of each...

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At Home

Home is where the heart is. The review below captures the different meanings of home, whilst the second by Yaa Gyasi deals with being ripped apart from what is meant to be a safe,...