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Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn: Historical Romance with Absorbing Depth

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Historical, Romance

Synopsis: Constance is a suffragette with ambitions to become a surgeon and a deep aversion to following her sister’s footsteps into domesticity. Will is the rising star of county cricket, whose values are far more ‘traditional’. When the two fall in love, each finds their views of the world irrevocably shaken at their foundations. However, with war on the horizon and British society clinging to the ideals that are about to be torn apart, will their affection be able to overcome the gulf of circumstance that separates them? Continue reading Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn: Historical Romance with Absorbing Depth

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Archive Nostalgia: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I’m bringing back my review of Uncle Tom’s Cabin if you are looking to read a powerful novel that has changed the course of history this summer. 

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Historical fiction

Synopsis: Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a powerfully moving story that follows the lives of African-American slaves. What makes this novel so poignant is that when written it did not fall into its current category of ‘historical fiction’. It was simply ‘fiction’. In her research, Stowe did not delve deep into encyclopaedias and trawl old newspaper articles; she asked her friends. A fervent abolitionist, she wrote the novel to bring the individual agonies of slavery accusingly into the public eye. Its mixture of compassion and almost bitter anger is so compelling that it was credited by Abraham Lincoln as a major catalyst of the civil war. Continue reading Archive Nostalgia: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch: Irish Easter Rising from Character-Centric Perspective

Andrew: a slightly reluctant soldier in the First World War.

Pat: a member of the militant Irish Volunteers.

Millie: an eccentric and passionate woman whose home is being used to store weaponry.

The Red and the Green interrogates the lives of this troubled family as events escalate towards the Easter Rising, a pivotal moment that would change the course of Irish History. Continue reading The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch: Irish Easter Rising from Character-Centric Perspective

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Historical fiction

Synopsis: Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a powerfully moving story that follows the lives of African-American slaves. What makes this novel so poignant is that when written it did not fall into its current category of ‘historical fiction’. It was simply ‘fiction’. In her research, Stowe did not delve deep into encyclopaedias and trawl old newspaper articles; she asked her friends. A fervent abolitionist, she wrote the novel to bring the individual agonies of slavery accusingly into the public eye. Its mixture of compassion and almost bitter anger is so compelling that it was credited by Abraham Lincoln as a major catalyst of the civil war. Continue reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe