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'How to be a Heroine' and 'Is it just me?'

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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Review Fridays: How to Be a Heroine

I wanted to like How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis. From the blurb I read before starting the book, I knew that Ellis and I share favorite heroines in common (Lizzy Bennet! 700 more words

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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

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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.

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

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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

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'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

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