By disguising her name, Alcott could publish in less prestigious venues without worrying about tarnishing her literary reputation.
In Byatt’s fiction, northern locations become emblems of the climate crisis and of how human actions have detrimental effects on the whole planet.
Bernice Rubens won the 1970 Booker prize for her novel, The Elected Member, and is the only Welsh person to have ever won the prize.
Irish writers have benefited from structural factors in recent years. However, ask them in person and Irish writers are more likely to highlight impediments to producing work.
From a longlist of 12, six novels have been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker prize.
Men in the 1700s penned vehement letters about the way women dressed, slut-shaming them as “cork-rumped devils”.
These five works of Welsh gothic literature will not only help you explore Wales through the macabre but are likely to give you a good scare too.
This course beckons students to examine how alcoholic beverages are portrayed in books by American authors.
Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail is a sparse but searing novel that shows how the horrors of the past continue to shape Palestinian life today
In The Idealist, the machinations of the Australian government become a sinister backdrop to what seems to be a story of liberation.
A celebrated poet and Nobel laureate, Louise Glück wrote about mortality, broken families and human frailty with devastating wryness and quiet beauty.
Advanced artificial intelligence is new, but a similar idea has been around for hundreds of years: the power of a just-right sequence of numbers, letters or elements to animate matter.
The prize has gone to a Norwegian playwright and novelist whose work examines the lives of ordinary people on the outer reaches of society.
Humanity is the only species on earth for whom intelligence is also an ethical liability.
There is a long tradition in China of associating monkeys with the mind – symbolism that has helped the novel’s most memorable character, the Monkey King, find universal resonance.
Poetry and prose are prominent features in this course about how climate change is affecting the world.
This well-researched book brings to life the odd case of Sir Roger Tichborne and those around him.
‘Ex-Wife’ originally outsold ‘The Great Gatsby,’ but critics sniffed at the novel, deeming it a melodramatic period piece − even though it tackled timeless issues like gender, money and power.
To read broadly and deeply is a marvellous thing that can make us alert to the wide-ranging varieties of being. But no book will condemn or redeem us.
Mysteries from China, short stories from the Balkans, a French-Morrocan autobiography and more.