About Us…

Welcome to Interesting Literature, an online library of all that is most interesting and captivating about literature. Here you’ll find fun facts, interesting research into writers and their work, and blog posts which seek to capture the most fascinating facets of the literary world. So pull up a chair at this virtual library of literary wonder, and begin browsing!

About Interesting Literature

Interesting Literature was set up in 2012 by Dr Oliver Tearle, Lecturer in English at Loughborough University and freelance writer. It takes its cue from the likes of classical author Plutarch, seventeenth-century antiquarian John Aubrey, and the TV programme QI, among others. The aim is simple: to uncover the little-known interesting facts about the world of books, and to shine a light on some of the more curious aspects of literature. Looked at in the right way, every novel, play, poem, short story, and author is interesting. We seek to make the study and discovery of literature a little more interesting by bringing only the most curious aspects of a writer and their work to readers, if only as a ‘way in’ to discovering a new author, poem, play, or novel.

In 2016, Interesting Literature also became a book, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History, a treasury of 99 miniature histories which contains all sorts of hidden gems from the world of literature, such as the ancient parody of Homer’s Iliad, the surprising identity of England’s first female dramatist, and the bestselling nineteenth-century American novel that predicted radio stations, credit cards, and electronic broadcasting. In 2017 a follow-up book, Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape, was published by John Murray. In turn, these two books have spawned a regular Friday column, Dispatches from The Secret Library, which seeks to unearth and discuss lost, forgotten, or neglected books, alongside the reviewing of new titles in the field of literary interestingness.

Unless otherwise stated, all posts are written by Oliver Tearle.

The Impact of Interesting Literature

Since it was founded in 2012, this blog has attracted readers from all over the world. It has been featured or cited in, among others, The Guardian, the Huffington PostBuzzfeedMental Floss, Psychology Today, and QI, and has been used by various schools and universities around the world, including the University of North Iowa, Campbell University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Manhattanville College, the New South Wales Department of Education, Houston Community College, the University System of Georgia, Monterey Peninsula College, and many others. If you’ve found our articles useful at all, please do let us know by contacting us (either at the email address below or on Twitter).

We currently have over 24,000 subscribers, over 110,000 followers on Twitter, and over 7,000 likes on Facebook. To date, Interesting Literature has received over 20 million views.

Contacting Us

Please note we are not currently accepting offers of guest posts, so do not email us with a pitch; we don’t have time to respond at the moment, alas, but wish you luck with your writing and blogging endeavours.

If you have a query or would like to let us know that you’ve found this blog useful, you can get in touch at

And follow us for more literary interestingness on Facebook here.

  1. Thanks for the like and follow. You have such a good blog here – my only fear is I’ll spend more time on yours than I will on my

  2. Very interesting blog. I’m going to go explore now. Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope to see you soon again.

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog! You have so many interesting posts; I can’t wait to read all of them!

  4. This is a book-lover’s paradise. Thank you for ‘liking’ my post and following me, so I could find you. This will be a great source and resource. Thank you for the hard work you put into all your writing.

  5. I want to say a belated “thank you” for following “A Way With Words.” I find great joy in writing that is only surpassed when someone reads what I’ve written. As you’ll see, I write primarily about faith and mental illness, but I’m known to cover other topics on occasion as well as share a few stories (fiction and non-fiction), so if you have any suggestions, just let me know.

    I greatly appreciate your effort to highlight quality literature on your blog here. I look forward to reading more in the days ahead.

    Tony Roberts

  6. Hi. I’m very interested in guest blogging and getting out there for other people.

  7. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. It’s always interesting to know writers’ inspiration and motivation, and the story behind the story.

  8. This has been a long time coming, but: thanks so much for following my blog. Your own web site is amazing. I think I could spend forever here. Completely addictive stuff! I’m humbled.

  9. Hi. I really like your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you follow this link, you can find out more.

  10. Hi Oliver, I think your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! :)
    I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing:

  11. This site is awesome, love the content! Please keep it up and drop by my blog if you have a chance. Would love to know what you think of my book reviews (not many yet), as I’d be very interested in contributing at some point in the near future. Might get an email from me soon. Cheers!

  12. crumpledpapercranes

    Firstly, thank you for your “Like” of my post on A Confederacy of Dunces, and your follow of “Crumpled Paper Cranes”. That was my first time particularly posting anything on an actual book. It has encouraged me to write more. I love your website, the informative and entertaining posts, as well as multiple opportunities you offer to get involved. I look forward to more posts from Interesting Literature!

  13. Carson McCullers a possibility?

  14. Your site is so engaging that I find I must force myself to leave it to get to my chores for the day. Thanks so much for such entertaining reading!

  15. I’ve tried to email address given but it won’t go!!!

  16. Call me Cordelia

    I have learned and remembered so much, thanks to your interesting posts! That is why I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award :)

  17. Dr. Tearle: thank you for what you’re doing. Unlike criticism technicians whose principal aim it is to reduce literature to a manageable raw material, you clearly understand that the life of books has always thrived on gossip. Thank you again.

  18. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blogger Recognition Award.

    More about this nomination is at

  19. It’s refreshing to come across a site which champions, inter alia, ghostly and supernatural tales with an appreciation of the terrors lurking in the imagination, where gore and blunt force sit way back in the auditorium.

  20. It’s quite interesting to know intriguing stories about your favourite author.Reades are always curious to know what prompted these writeres to write stories and novels.

  21. Excellent article, i did read it two times so sorry for that, i’ve passed it on to my associates, so confidently they will get pleasure from it
    as well.

  22. I’ve followed Interesting Literature since I strated my blog two years ago and have read and loved so many of the posts. So much on here that’s little known or unusual, intriguing or just plain odd. I’m not surprised QI was part of your inspiration – your site is the literary equivalent.
    Thanks so much for the follow – it’s a badge of honour as far as I’m concerned.

    • Thank you, Lynn – I’m only sorry it’s taken us so long to follow you back! We can’t think of a higher honour than being considered the literary equivalent of QI, so it’s very heartening to hear you say that. We’ll keep seeking out the obscure and the interesting (plenty more in the pipeline right now!), so thank you for your continued support :)

  23. Hello out there! I hope this finds you doing well.

    I see you have been a follower of “A Way With Words.” Great! Thank you.

    We have now transformed into, “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” ( I hope you will join us there. On the left sidebar, there is a box (below “Get More Delight”) for subscriptions so you can get the most of our mission.

    Take care & God bless,

  24. It is very interesting! Thank you!

  25. Wow! I’ve just spent a hour or so reading some of the posts from the past couple of years. I admire the variety of pieces and astounding number of posts you’ve generated over the years–and appreciate the concision. Unless it comes naturally to you, it takes longer to write a 500 word post than a 1500 word one, but the reader may be best served when the author takes that time.

    • Thank you! Yes, it certainly takes a while to achieve conciseness – I forget who it was who said, ‘Sorry this letter is so long, but I didn’t have time to make it shorter’, but blogging reminds me of that a lot of the time! It’s great fun to research these posts and share what we uncover/think about them though :)

  26. A treasure trove for me. I am starting to delve into classics and classic mysteries. Fascinated by this blog.

    Shalet Jimmy

  27. Oliver, I love this website and you are doing a wonderful job in leading people to interesting literature. You don’t know me, I’m sure, but I was voted “Inspirational Online Children’s Poet in 2007” by children in 133 countries. Encouraged by local children, I’ve written about 1,500 new poems not only for children but for people of all ages. I’d love people to see them as they are freely available: Google JOSIE’S POEMS. 400 were published in 2010 by an educational publisher.

  28. A fascinating find (via Radio 3 this evening “Words and Music” which featured ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ and for which you wrote a salient and sensitive analysis.) Everything is connected! Sue Heywood

  29. I appreciate the work you are doing. Bringing back some of our classics and some of the lesser known masterpieces. Keep up the good work.

  30. Thanks for your recent article about the poems of William Blake. As I was reading, I went back in time to 1967 when I was lucky enough to study Blake at the Univ of London with a young professor named Michael Phillips. You saw London in a different way after you read Blake. Again, thanks.

    • Thanks, Tim, and I couldn’t agree more about your comment about London. Blake’s one of those poets who really does make you alter the way you view things. I can never see a tiger without recalling his powerful lines for the same reason!

  31. I like the content you have published here. keep up the good work.

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