Over Christmas I was luckily enough to receive ‘How to be a Heroine’ by Samantha Ellis, which I completely loved. Whilst mainly being inspired by the ‘classics’ Ellis covers a wide range of literature and how they influence us, it made me think about novels and characters in ways I hadn’t expected and has also lengthened my reading list by quite a bit. 360 more words
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Marissa Skudlarek seeks new role models for a new year.
Last year I wrote about how theater has gone from being a disreputable profession to a fairly respectable one… 985 more words
Samantha Ellis’ How To Be A Heroine has certainly opened up doors for me when it comes to 1930s and 40s English literature. The literature of the twentieth century has always eluded me before now, mostly because I was convinced that it would be, based on my limited experience with it, either a) depressing, or b) mad, confusing, and experimental. 668 more words
I have just finished How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis. Well I skimmed it really. It’s a nostalgic exploration of the female fictional characters, Daisy Goodwin from the Sunday Times wrote that: ‘any woman with a remotely bookish childhood will find great pleasure in How to be a Heroine’ but if you haven’t read some of the books that are talked about in it you do tend to skip through until you find Lizzy Bennet or Esther Greenwood. 114 more words
Do you want to read about an old, respectable English spinster who moves to the country and sells her soul to the Devil to become a witch in the heady days of the 1920s? 1,014 more words