A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell

After the death of her mother and the loss of her family’s fortune, it falls to young Glen Westley to do what she can for herself and her ailing father. Determined to make her own way in the world, she moves from the West of Ireland to London and works tirelessly to succeed as a novelist, despite the limitations her sex and nationality represent. Having struggled … Continue reading A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

One of the most passionate and heartfelt novels ever written, Wuthering Heights tells of the relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy her father adopted and brought to Wuthering Heights when they were children. While Catherine forms a deep attachment to Heathcliff, her brother Hindley despises him as a rival. Heathcliff becomes torn between love for Catherine and the rage and humiliation he suffers. … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Middlemarch by George Eliot

‘She did not know then that it was Love who had come to her briefly as in a dream before awaking, with the hues of morning on his wings – that it was Love to whom she was sobbing her farewell as his image was banished by the blameless rigour of irresistible day’. George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and … Continue reading Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Story of the Nutcracker by Alexander Dumas

‘How could you imagine, silly child, that this toy, which is made of cloth and wood, could possibly be alive?’ The nutcracker doll that mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer gives to little Marie for Christmas is no ordinary toy. On Christmas Eve, at the clocks strike midnight, Marie watches as the Nutcracker and her entire cabinet of playthings come to life and boldly do battle against the … Continue reading The Story of the Nutcracker by Alexander Dumas

Letter’s from Father Christmas BY JRR Tolkien 

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents everywhere; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed … Continue reading Letter’s from Father Christmas BY JRR Tolkien 

Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Lucy Snowe, flees England and a tragic past to become an instructor in a French boarding school in the town of Villette. There she unexpectedly confronts her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr. John, a handsome young Englishman, and Ginerva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquette. This first pain brings others, and with them comes the heartache Lucy has tried … Continue reading Villette by Charlotte Bronte

The Women’s Classics Literature Event

The Classic’s Club have announced a new event, The Women’s Classic’s Literature Event, aimed at encouraging people to read more classic literature by women. I’m really excited about this as I love classic books by female writers. My own classic challenge is primarily based on reading women writers so this fits in just nicely with my own reading goals. The event will run from now until December … Continue reading The Women’s Classics Literature Event