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'Members Of One Another': South Riding (1936), by Winifred Holtby

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


Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015 | How to Be a Heroine and Carrie Hope Fletcher

In which I have a wonderful day out at Cheltenham Literary Festival, the mecca for British book lovers.

“All I Know Now” by Carrie Hope Fletcher (Sphere) 75 more words


How to be a Heroine

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


'A Life of One's Own': Lolly Willowes (1926), by Sylvia Townsend Warner

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


5* Review - How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis

How To Be A Heroine:

Or, what I’ve learned through reading too much

By Samantha Ellis

Rating: 5 Stars

‘Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? 705 more words

Book Review

Literary Influences: Anne Shirley

Samantha Ellis and I share an affinity for Anne Shirley of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. This precocious, spunky orphan taught me about love, drama and independence in ways I hadn’t considered until now. 496 more words


Literary Influences: Dorothy

In case you missed it, I’m working on a series of posts inspired by Samantha Ellis’s How to Be a Heroine in which she explains how her favorite literary characters influenced and inspired her. 400 more words