Category Archives: Reviews

Improvisation as Art by Edgar Landgraf

By | February 15, 2012

Improvisation as Art, the first book in our new series “New Directions in German Studies”, has been insightfully and well-reviewed in the latest issue of the German Quarterly. An extract: “Both students and scholars of 18th and early 19th-century German literature, as well as anyone interested in modern notions of art and improvisation will benefit… Read More »

The Shakespeare Blog

By | February 2, 2012

Google 'Shakespeare' and 'blog' and you are sure to be inundated with as much useless information as you are helpful. So take yourself first to The Shakespeare blog  and you will find a wealth of interesting articles about Shakespeare's plays and poems, and a really well thought out range of links to other brilliant online… Read More »

Nine Lives of William Shakespeare – reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

By | January 27, 2012

Nine Lives of William Shakespeare by Graham Holderness published last year and had some exciting and rather amusing reviews in the Times Higher Education (Book of the Week no less!) and the Daily Mail (who can forget the 'Very Saucy Life of William Shagspere'). Now the Times Literary Supplement have followed their lead and published… Read More »

‘Best Dickens Biographies’ in the Independent

By | December 5, 2011

We are delighted that Dickens's Women has been named as one of the 'Best Dickens Biographies' by Boyd Tonkin in the Independent! It is part of a wider article on Charles Dickens, discussing his canny commercial approach to marketing himself in the 19th century and how, like Shakespeare, the Dickens brand has thrived to this… Read More »

Dickens and Women

By | November 18, 2011

‘My father did not understand women,’ Charles Dickens's daughter, Katey Dickens, confided to her friend and biographer Gladys Storey. Some of the women whose lives were touched by Victorian England’s greatest novelist, the writer who called himself the ‘Inimitable’ one, will have felt that the sentiment was entirely mutual. Charles Dickens’s close relationships with women… Read More »

Nine Lives of William Shakespeare named as ‘Book of the Week’ in the Times Higher Education!

By | November 2, 2011

'After so much ado, why not a metabiography of the Bard that explores all his guises?' asks the Times Higher Education in this fantastic review of one of our most exciting new books, Nine Lives of William Shakespeare. 'Graham Holderness knows the power of the Shakespeare myth and its fictions, the "fur coat and no… Read More »

Times Literary Supplement

By | July 15, 2011

I love the Times Literary Supplement, but I love it even more when it features not one but two of our books! The Pen and the Cross, by Richard Griffiths, has not been shy of fantastic review coverage since it published last year, and the Times Literary Supplement review was no different. Looking at 'Catholic… Read More »

Samuel Beckett’s Diaries 1936 – 1937 named ‘Book of the Week’ on Ready Steady Book

By | May 19, 2011

We are very pleased that Samuel Beckett's Diaries 1936 – 1937 has been recommended as 'Book of the Week' on This is the first book in our Historicizing Modernism series – on which you can read more here. This book looks at the diary notebooks kept by Samuel Beckett during his 1936-7 trip through Nazi… Read More »

Beckett and Decay by Kathryn White

By | April 8, 2011

Beckett and Decay has been reviewed in the Journal of Beckett Studies and I am pleased to say that the reviewer loved the book as much as we do. As Kathryn White mentions in her Introduction to the book, ‘decay is often used by critics in general reference to Beckett’s thematic emphasis and philosophical outlook'.… Read More »