It's not just a modern fad – plant-based diets have a long and colourful political past.
Written in the same house party as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Polidori's creature was based on the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron.
The story of how Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein is famous. Less well-known, however, is the reading material that inspired her to write.
Frankenstein might look like fantasy to modern eyes, but to its author and original readers there was nothing fantastic about it.
By showing us a world from which mothers are largely absent, Mary Shelley reminds us that the genius of motherhood lies less in biological reproduction than in the capacity to love.
Written by a teenager, Frankenstein is an extraordinary novel that still endures 200 years after its first publication.
If Mary Shelley wrote the book today, Victor would surely be a synthetic biologist. But those fiddling with living things in 2018 have hopefully learned from her cautionary tale.
On its 200th anniversary, why is it a surprise that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein at such a young age – just because she's a woman?
Mary Shelley's novel asked questions about the human condition that are more relevant today than ever.
The singer had Romantic notions in common with the poet – as well as with William Blake, Mary Shelley, and John Keats.