After pouring over dozens of conference papers and journal articles, public lectures, a PhD thesis, a Fellowship, and spending hundreds of hours in archives around the world, I carefully constructed the case for the Experimentalists not only being a movement but perhaps being one of the most important British literary movements of the twentieth century.
Where Ovid entertained Romans with stories of metamorphoses, we now revel in stories of leaving our meat bodies and entering the internet as disembodied intelligences. Ovid’s stories may seem frivolous and even decadent to us, but we are entranced by our own version of such mythic transformations. Myths from different cultures resonate and merge; that particular transformation to web existence is also known as The Rapture for Nerds.
Thursday 6th March 2014. A special day for books, for reading, for learning: all around the globe children are dressing up, reading aloud, receiving book tokens, celebrating their favourite stories. Well we couldn’t let them have all the fun! We’d like to know what your favourite Bloomsbury academic book is – what’s top of your… Read More »
My book The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight is now out in paperback, beautifully rebranded under the Bloomsbury imprint, and there have been some nice reviews to coincide with the release of the new affordable edition. In a few cases, readers have sent me photos of the book being read at… Read More »
The literary themes featured in C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Congratulations to Louise Erdrich for winning the National Book Award for Fiction with her novel The Round House. The National Book Awards ceremony was held last night a few blocks away from our New York office. The complete list of winners and finalists can be found here. Last year, Bloomsbury published a collection of stellar… Read More »
Angela Carter’s Bridal Gothic
Monday October 29th, 6.15 pm – 8 pm + book signing Creativity is increasingly important in an age of advanced audience sophistication. It's no longer enough to follow standard writing techniques – becoming a first-class screenwriter demands not only command of craft, but understanding how to unleash and harness creativity. We are delighted to announce… Read More »
I came across a fantastic interview with Johnny Depp in November 2011 edition of Vanity Fair and I had to share it with you. Johnny Depp and Hunter S Thompson's friendship has been documented in great detail, but I didn't realise that Johnny Depp had discovered the long-forgotten (by Thompson) The Rum Diary in the… Read More »
The search for UK and Ireland's BIGGEST Harry Potter fan begins! Fifteen years ago today, on 26th June 1997, Bloomsbury published a book about a boy wizard on Bloomsbury's newly launched Children's list called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. From an idea born on a train journey, to its creation in a small cafe… Read More »