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 19 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. Hey, thanks for the like. Also, what a superbly written blog you have. Great read. I would certainly be interested in discussing a ‘guest post’ with you? Can we talk? Look forward to speaking with you soon. Steve :-)

  2. Thanks so much for the follow. As a new novelist, sometimes poet, and story-teller, I feel honored by it.

  3. Great information! So much I don’t know where to start ;=) I’m a part of a book club so I will be back soon… perhaps I can find something good to add to the club. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Lovely site you have here! Thank you for signing up to follow my blog! I hope that you will enjoy my posts! ^..^ B

  5. Hi! Thanks a ton for following my “Randa Lane…” haiku blog. Your own blog is so jam-packed with, as you call it, “interestingness” that I am now following it with delight! Drop in to read and comment on my haiku any time you wish. I’ll leave a light on for you!

    Ron —

  6. First off, thank you for stopping by my blog, Localista, partly because it is always gratifying when new people show up and like something and mostly because…it led me to YOUR blog which I am going to love exploring. I’ve actually been reading Ethan Frome the last couple of weeks. I’ve been dipping into Wharton just a few pages at a time, savoring it, because I just love the pace and the observations and the characters and the irony. I will definitely read the current post about Wharton with pleasure.

  7. Great blog, thank you for the like on my word game blog post =))

  8. Hello ad welcome – thanks for deciding to follow my blog – I obviously will need to follow you as you have some really great things about literature… btw – I work opp Baker Street and get very annoyed by all the tourists who stop to photograph a. the tiles within the station and b. the statue outside of Sherlock Holmes as I am trying to commute… especially as the pavement is narrow there! That said, we are loving the Cumberbatch interpretation!

  9. Love your blog, thanks for fallowing.

  10. Your site is amazing! Thank you also for visiting and following my blog.

  11. Great site. Thanks for the follow. :) Shirley

  12. This is such a go-to blog for writers! I love it :-D

    Have you done posts on C.S. Lewis? He’s my absolute favorite.

    Thanks for the follow!

  13. Thank you for visiting my blog. I really like yours – some very interesting stuff on here!

  14. Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. You have a very ‘interesting’ blog yourself that I feel I will enjoy reading a lot. I will check up on your posts soon. Have a great Sunday! :)

  15. Very kind of you. Thank you for lowering your bar for me and my messy writing.

  16. Thanks for the follow on my little blog. I’ll be back!


  17. Thanks for the follow. You’ve got a really cool blog here and I look forward to reading your posts.

  18. I love the recent quotes that you’ve uploaded! They’re so thought-provoking and inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us these amazing good reads as well. I absolutely love a dose of literature, but my language in that is pretty limited. It’s a shame, really. Otherwise, I’d have taken up literature!! Oh well, I hope to learn more about literature from your blog. Thank you so much for the follow & I’m looking forward to see more of your recommendations and works!! :) x

  19. Glad you liked my review of Lydia Millet’s novel “Magnificence”. I will soon finish Anne Enright’s short story collection “Yesterday’s Weather”. The pantheon of accomplished Irish writers seems infinite. I liked your post about St. Valentine’s Day. I will not show it to my wife, because I think I have finally convinced her that it is a Hallmark holiday.

  20. Hi, I wanted to thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers ;-)
    Keep up the good work, you’ve got a great interesting site here.

  21. Thanks for following my blog Muse-ings! Your blog is interesting and I am looking forward to perusing it more closely…

  22. Happy International Women’s Day 2014

  23. Thank you for following my blog and allowing me to come across your site. I really enjoy history and learning new things about the past, future and present so thank you, thank you for your posts with your insight, knowledge and offering to share it! :)

  24. My goodness. Thank you for temporarily lowering your brow in order to Follow my blog The Last Half! I’m just going to stay quietly down here in its… (hang on…one can’t say “murky depths” if the blog is by nature shallow…) …quietly down here in its shallow slough, posting sporadically as I is my wont, and hope you don’t suddenly awaken and reverse your decision.

    (and she silently crept away.)

  25. Hi!
    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Awards because I really enjoy reading your blog. To redeem your award check out my post :)

  26. Hello there, Doctor!
    Thanks for visiting / following my blog as well. I’m brand new to this game, so any insights would be appreciated.
    Very much enjoyed your “quickies.”

  27. Hi there! thanks for the follow. your page is amazing! i really look forward to sifting through the gems! hope i can tear myself away today lol.

  28. Thanks for dropping by and following.

  29. Thank you for following my blog!

  30. You had me at Literature, but then I read the articles and now I am obsessed. Thank you for writing. :)

  31. Thanks for following my blog. I’m so pleased you liked it. As you will see, my storytelling covers a great variety of interests. I really like what I am seeing on your site.

  32. It is very nice to meet you.

  33. betweentruthandhope

    Great blog! Thanks for following mine!

  34. Thanks for following – much appreciated. Your blog looks really interesting and now following back :-)

  35. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! :)
    I feel so honoured, and really appreciate the support. ^-^
    Thank you, again.
    – Rain <3

  36. Great site. Thanks for your support to Poemattic. Look forward to future posts. Peace, Melba

  37. Sounds great! I’ll read more carefully when I get back to your blog. I may be able to critique some books if you are still open to guest posts?
    You can see my reviews on goodreads on my blog. ;-)

  38. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for the follow. I’ll certainly reciprocate – your blog looks fascinating.

  39. Hey! Thanks for the like and follow. I cannot wait to explore your blog. It looks fantastic.

  40. Candice Perini

    I love this blog so much, it inspires me to work hard on my own blog. I look forward to reading more.

  41. Thank you for the Follow of my Blog. I just Followed you on Twitter. :)

  42. Thanks for the follow :) Just to let you know, I’m happy to take requests for poetry/literature analysis if you’re interested. Love the blog, looking forward to looking around more. CC x


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