Monthly Archives: May 2018

Feeding Fantasy in The Image of Idleness (1556)

The 1550s is one of the richest periods for satire in English literary history; not perhaps in terms of quality, but in terms of the sheer inventiveness, energy and courage of the satirists who worked in that dangerous decade, when … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Early Modern | Leave a comment

Ursula K Le Guin, ‘Semley’s Necklace’ and The Dispossessed

Last month I published a blog post about Ursula Le Guin’s relationship with her mother, Theodora Kroeber, which took as one of its central metaphors the notion of a necklace: an object that is simultaneously single and multiple, fixed in … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Short Stories | Leave a comment

Rumer Godden, The Dragon of Og

In 1978 Margaret Rumer Godden, author of many novels for adults and children including Black Narcissus (1939), The Doll’s House (1947) and The Diddakoi (1972), moved to the Dumfriesshire village of Moniaive to be near her daughter. Three years later … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Children's Fiction | Leave a comment