Tag: Conan Doyle

Today’s birthday author is Mark Haddon, born in 1962. Haddon wrote his first novel, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (2003) as a book for adults, and yet it won the Whitbread Prize for children’s fiction and I …

Literary Anniversaries: 26 September Read More »

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On this day in 1889 the novelist, Wilkie Collins died in London. A close friend and collaborator with Charles Dickens (who helped publish some of his works), Collins is best known for two important and really entertaining classic novels.  The …

Literary Anniversaries: 23 September Read More »

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Today we celebrate the birth of Count Leo Tolstoy, born in 1828.  Writer of looooong books, but so much more than that …

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If you’ve exhausted our earlier reading list then the prestigious Oxford University Press have a few suggestions for you …

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One of the pleasures of writing this Literary Anniversaries series is being able to talk about a favourite author – and yet it’s a frustration too, being restricted to relatively few words.  Today, is one of those days, when we …

Literary Anniversaries: 23 July Read More »

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Where would detective fiction be without Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? The interesting thing is that evidence suggests that Conan Doyle, whose anniversary we celebrate today, did not seem to much like his Sherlock Holmes output.  Tales abound about how he was …

Literary Anniversaries: 07 July Read More »

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The GCSE specification is a real opportunity for the introduction of some exciting texts into your course …

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