In 2016, we published our first book based on this blog, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History. The following year, we began publishing a weekly column, Dispatches from The Secret Library, which, aptly enough, is a blog series based on that book. Every Friday, we discuss a neglected […]
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One of the most original and endlessly thought-provoking dystopian novels of the whole twentieth century, A Clockwork Orange (1962) is Anthony Burgess’ best-known novel. But what is the message behind this curious novel? Stanley Kubrick’s famous 1971 film adaptation of the novel departed from the novel in some respects, so […]
In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle reviews the pioneering fantasy novel by Poul Anderson In 1954, a bold and exciting new work of fantasy fiction was published, influenced by Norse myth and describing a heroic quest, containing elves, giants, magic swords, enchantment, an epic battle, […]