The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In our literature page, we look back on great works of literature realised in the current month. For April, Max Feldman unmasks the cultural fears behind The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of those novels that...

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Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

Continuing our theme, this month KCWToday are taking a look at the best fiction about the darker paths that the future could take. Each one a palpable warning to be vigilant against the worst impulses of ourselves as a species. 1984: George Orwell (1949) It’s impossible to discuss fiction of...

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It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

In our literature page, we look back on great works of literature realised in the current month, for March, Max Feldman chronicles the collapse of the American dream into fascism and fear with Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 cautionary tale: It Can’t Happen Here. Rocked by the continuous shockwaves of Trump’s tempestuous...

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

To Charlotte Bronte enthusiasts, Jane Eyre, is one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century written by a women. Jane Eyre, is the tale of a young orphan who suffers a number of unfortunate events before she takes up a governess position in adulthood, only to fall in love...

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Blue Skies Over Berlin by John Steinberg

Blue Skies Over Berlin by John Steinberg

Blue Skies Over Berlin Author: John Steinberg The urge to re-invent oneself isn’t often held up as one of the primal drives. Yet sometimes past events are so shattering that the desire to become someone new is as strong a pull as the genetic impulses that lead a caterpillar to...

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Thomas More’s Magnificent Utopia at the Museum of London

Thomas More’s Magnificent Utopia at the Museum of London

As part of the Gresham College lecture series and the Being Human Festival, Dr Richard Serjeantson presented Thomas More’s Magnificent Utopia at the Museum of London. November 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of Utopia’s first publication in 1516, but not the end of its influence as a work of literature...

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15th century books survival and detection techniques at the British Library

15th century books survival and detection techniques at the British Library

As part of the British Library’s ongoing ‘Feed The Mind’ lunchtime talks series, Maria Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni from the University of Oxford presented her research on fifteenth century books. Fratoni is a part of the 15cBooktrade project that seeks to scientifically examine the impact of books printed between the invention...

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Word Crimes

Word Crimes

In the spirit of Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes, KCWtoday  is undertaking its own practical guide to the (unwarrantedly) guilty pleasures of genre fiction. In this first instalment Max Feldman takes a look at the guiltiest of them all: The origins of the sordid world of crime fiction. Airport bookshops overflow...

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Mr Barry’s War

Mr Barry’s War

Caroline Shenton Oxford University Press 288 pps. £25 ISDBN 978-0-19-870719-6 The first thing to say about this book starts with the title, which is most misleading. Her previous volume was entitled The Day Parliament Burned Down, which, although has more than of a whiff of a disaster movie about it,...

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Obsession

Obsession

Obsession 304pp. £45 + P&P ISBN 999-8-7777-6666-5 www.northcote.com/gifts/obsession-16-cook-book/ This is the only possible title for this richly-flavoured and well-stuffed tome. Take 18 chefs from around the world, holding 17 Michelin stars between them, stick them in a luxury country house hotel in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, and stage a gargantuan gastronomic extravaganza lasting 16 days. The whole beano...

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