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Waterstone’s Classics: A Chance to Dip into Literature on your Lunch Hour

Waterstone’s Liverpool One organizes a series of free talks by academics from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm. It’s a great chance to dip into a work you’ve always been curious about … Continue reading

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Book review: One for the Money

Here’s another great post by one of my students on the course The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is the first novel in the Stephanie Plum series. Evanovich had previously written several … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bride of Lammermoor: Hard to define, even harder to forget

Another thought-provoking post from one of my students, this time from my Star-crossed Lovers course in Southport: The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott is hard to define;  the opening chapter is a story in itself, with Peter Pattieson retelling … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vera Caspary’s Laura

Below is a blog post written by one of the Continuing Education students on my course The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction.  Viewing the blog as a platform for critical analysis and discussion, I set ‘blog posts’ as assignments for … Continue reading

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Laura at Liverpool Fact

Laura is one of my favourite crime films. Over many viewings, I’ve never ceased to be thrilled by its Victorian and Gothic undertones, its witty one-liners and its central crime of passion. Gene Tierney’s Laura in the eponymous 1944 film is ethereal and naive whilst still being … Continue reading

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The Power of Eleven

The most recent episode of BBC’s 49-year phenomenon Doctor Who played fast and loose with the passage of time in the episode, dispensing with the usual Unities (while reintroducing UNIT) but perhaps it is one of the best parallels for … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey and Star-Crossed Plots

In the popular TV show Downton Abbey, it seems the course to true love never runs smooth, although that is not to say that the writer Julian Fellowes doesn’t  give the viewer what they want (weddings, children, resolutions) in the long run. … Continue reading

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Lunchtime Classics at Waterstones Liverpool One: Steven Powell on James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential

On Wednesday, July 18th, from 12 pm, Steven Powell, editor of Conversations with James Ellroy and 100 American Crime Writers, will be giving a reading followed by a short talk on James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential at Waterstone’s Liverpool One. This is … Continue reading

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