Dry in places and fascinating in others, this book is a series of scientific vignettes showing how forensic sc...
Edgar Allan Poe was a poet rather than a scientist, yet one of his most obscure works is considered by some to...
With his most well-known creation Sherlock Holmes currently in vogue, the subject of movies and TV series on b...
Without the works of Flavius Josephus our knowledge of early Jewish history would be littered with massive gap...
Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is possibly the defining book of political economy, providing the ide...
“The critics have not really understood what I was trying to do” Theodore Dreiser, an American author, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on 27th August, 1871. One of his most famo... Read more
Thomas De Quincey’s ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’ is an autobiographical work which portrays both a young man’s troubled childhood, and the experience of op... Read more
This week marks the anniversary of Daniel Defoe’s week long stint in the pillory as punishment for his pamphlet ‘The Shortest Way with Dissenters’. One of the most colourfu... Read more
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Meeting a frosty reception on its initial release, the book has sinc... Read more
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was first published as a pamphlet in 1776. The hugely influential seventy-seven page work was one of the first to argue in clear, direct fashion that the fu... Read more
This week marks the anniversary of the publication of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil) in 1857. The collection of poetry caused outrage upon its release, leadin... Read more
Now a massively successful musical and an award winning movie, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables has evolved well beyond its nineteenth century origins into a modern cultural phenomenon. As... Read more
This week marks the anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. First released in English bookshops in 1897, the book remains for many the classic vampire novel. The book... Read more
Mark Twain was a writer synonymous with the United States, one capable of capturing the mood of a specific time in the country’s history while also creating timeless characters. Born S... Read more
Initially released as a “shilling shocker”- short, exciting, mass produced books aimed at a mainstream audience – Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr.... Read more
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