Caution: Reading in Progress!

In our new format we are going to write about books we are currently reading. This is an experiment and a work-in-progress. So please don’t expect a polished review or an in-depth reading with final conclusions and what not. What we want to do in this category is to give […] Read more

Mary Beard’s “Women & Power “- A Conversation with Sabine Blackmore

In November 2017, Mary Beard’s book Women & Power. A Manifesto hit the shelves – and a nerve. In the two parts titled “The Public Voice of Women” and “Women in Power”, Mary Beard draws our attention to culturally embedded stereotypes and “cultural template[s] which [work] to disempower women”. She […] Read more

Why all Men (and Women) Should Read This – Or, How to Avoid the Authenticity Trap, Holly McNish “Nobody Told Me” (Review)

Gesa Stedman was nearly overwhelmed by the quality of the poetry, the potential to move her readers, as well as the topic of Holly McNish`s award-winning poetry collection and memoir “Nobody Told Me”. All men should read this. Holly McNish’s poetry will teach them things nobody tells you in advance, […] Read more

Haunted by a Powerful Novel: Evie Wyld’s “All The Birds, Singing”

With her second novel, writer and bookshop owner Evie Wyld won three awards, the Miles Franklin Award, the Encore Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Gesa Stedman reviews the powerful and haunting All the Birds, Singing and hopes for more from this talented writer. All the Birds, Singing, will […] Read more

“A Counter-History of Crime Fiction” by Maurizio Ascari – Rediscovering the Origins of a Genre

Today, Katarina Živković, one of our students at the Centre for British Studies in Berlin, reviews Maurizio Ascari’s A Counter-History of Crime Fiction and tells us why it captured her. While doing research for a university paper, I happened to stumble upon a slender little volume that claimed to provide […] Read more

Painstaking Research, But Not Such a Good Read – Sarah Waters The Paying Guests

London 1922. Historical crime fiction. Genteel Mrs Wray and her bored daughter Frances take in lodgers, Lilian and Leonard Barber, because they can no longer manage the upkeep of their London villa without additional financial income. Their routine is disturbed but Frances, who had an affair with a female friend […] Read more