Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

The traditional trappings of a witch are familiar to most of us. Cauldrons, brooms, black cats and pointy hats are indelibly implanted in our collective consciousness as associated with witches. When we think ‘witch’, we most likely think of something quite similar. Something very Pratchett. In preparation for Halloween this month, I would like to …

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Mother of Science-Fiction

Mary Shelley is credited with inventing the science-fiction genre in 1818 when she wrote Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Defined in part by her parents, William Godwin, a political philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a philosopher and feminist, Mary Shelley was hugely gifted. She had an indelible impact on the future of science-fiction, when she wrote …

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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel’s Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is the culmination of a scholar's lifetime spent forming relationships with Medieval manuscripts. The author is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, as well as the Librarian of the Parker Library. He has forgotten more things about Medieval Manuscripts than most people ever learn. The author sets …

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The Opera Ghost Really Existed..

The Phantom of the Opera is a seminal tale of gothic drama and intrigue that has captured the imagination of millions. Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel has inspired numerous retellings across stage and screen. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous music version has been going strong for 31 years and, to confuse us, there’s now also a movie based …

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