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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Selected by Dr Oliver Tearle Ever since the Victorians, fantasy fiction has been a huge part of children’s literature. Indeed, classic fantasy novels for children actually emerged some time before serious fantasy literature for adults – modern fantasy, at least – became popular. In this post, we introduce 12 must-read […]
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 […]