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November 2018

Wide Sargasso Sea

9 November 2018,1:15 pm - 23 November 2018,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£130

Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. If you are a fan of Bronte's novel, then this course is an absolute must. If you have never read Jane Eyre, then I am sure you will want to after completing the course!

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December 2018

Christmas by the fireside

11 December 2018,10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom

A masterpiece of mystery and suspense, Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, is my ghost story of choice for this year’s festive Bite. Bites is an excellent opportunity to learn new ways of approaching a book in a single session – great if you’re pushed for time or want to tickle your taste buds before deciding to join me on one of my standard 6 week courses. What could be better than the prospect of spending two hours absorbed…

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Christmas by the fireside

13 December 2018,10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom

A masterpiece of mystery and suspense, Henry James' The Turn of the Screw is my ghost story of choice for this year’s festive Bite. Bites is an excellent opportunity to learn new ways of approaching a book in a single session – great if you’re pushed for time or want to tickle your taste buds before deciding to join me on one of my standard 6 week courses. What could be better than the prospect of spending two hours absorbed…

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January 2019

Uncharted Waters: Virginia Woolf

10 January 2019,10:00 am - 14 February 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 6 weeks and…

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Uncharted waters: Virginia Woolf

11 January 2019,10:00 am - 15 February 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 6 weeks and…

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Uncharted Waters: Virginia Woolf

11 January 2019,1:15 pm - 15 February 2019,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£260

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 6 weeks and…

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February 2019

Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

28 February 2019,10:00 am - 28 March 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£240

I first read Jane Eyre as a teenager and was immediately captivated by the rebellious spirit of Jane’s voice and her journey from downtrodden outsider to mistress of all she surveys. Jane got to have it all. Or did she? In this course you will have the opportunity to see the novel as both a liberated portrait of female desire and as a darker engagement with issues of sex, power and race. In the final two weeks of the course we will turn…

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March 2019

Uncharted Waters: Celebrating Virginia Woolf

1 March 2019,10:00 am - 29 March 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£240

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 5 weeks and…

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‘Reader, I married him’ Jane Eyre

8 March 2019,1:15 pm - 22 March 2019,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£140

I first read Jane Eyre as a teenager and was immediately captivated by the rebellious spirit of Jane’s voice and her journey from downtrodden outsider to mistress of all she surveys. Jane got to have it all. Or did she? In this course you will have the opportunity to see the novel as both a liberated portrait of female desire and as a darker engagement with issues of sex, power and race.

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April 2019

Property and Propriety: Mansfield Park and Howards End

26 April 2019,10:00 am - 24 May 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£240

Mansfield Park is Austen’s least-loved novel but it happens to be one of my favourites. Of all her novels, it is the one written on the widest canvas and the only one to be named after a house (Northanger Abbey was given its name posthumously by Austen’s brother – she in fact called it, Susan). Austen does nothing accidentally so we should take this as a clue. Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the state of England,…

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Property and Propriety: Mansfield Park and Howards End

26 April 2019,1:15 pm - 24 May 2019,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£240

Mansfield Park is Austen’s least-loved novel but it happens to be one of my favourites. Of all her novels, it is the one written on the widest canvas and the only one to be named after a house (Northanger Abbey was given its name posthumously by Austen’s brother – she in fact called it, Susan). Austen does nothing accidentally so we should take this as a clue. Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the…

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‘Reader, I married him’: Jane Eyre

27 April 2019
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£80

I first read Jane Eyre as a teenager and was immediately captivated by the rebellious spirit of Jane’s voice and her journey from downtrodden outsider to mistress of all she surveys. Jane got to have it all. Or did she? In this one day course you will have the opportunity to see the novel as both a liberated portrait of female desire and as a darker engagement with issues of sex, power and race. Saturday, 27th April 10 am - 3…

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May 2019

North and South

2 May 2019,10:00 am - 23 May 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£200

When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the North of England. Initially repulsed by the griminess of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man John…

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June 2019

Tender is the Night

6 June 2019,10:00 am - 27 June 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£200

This course is devoted to Fitzgerald’s novel, Tender is the Night, a disillusioned chronicle of a doomed marriage and a lost generation. If you like your cocktails with a sour twist, this one is for you. This course runs over 4 weeks on Thursdays 10 am - 12.15; bought as a package at £200 (this includes tea and cake in the break and resource material)  

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House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

7 June 2019,10:00 am - 5 July 2019,12:15 am
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£240

In The Portrait of a Lady and The House of Mirth, two of America’s greatest novelists, create two of the most enduringly attractive and tragic heroines in modern literature: Isabel Archer and Lily Bart. Both are independent, both are beautiful and both know that they must marry one of their many suitors. Yet there are no happy endings here and the consequences of their decisions test them to breaking point. In this course we will explore the novel’s exploration of female sexuality, the…

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September 2019

‘Why can’t we be friends?’ Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

5 September 2019,10:00 am - 3 October 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. Forster's novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Lessing's traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment that can be…

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‘Why can’t we be friends?’ Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

6 September 2019,10:00 am - 4 October 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. E. M Forster’s novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Doris Lessing’s traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment…

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‘Why can’t we be friends?’: Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

10 September 2019,10:00 am - 8 October 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. E. M Forster's novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Doris Lessing's traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment…

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“Why can’t we be fiends?” Passage to India

14 September 2019,10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£155

Forster’s novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and explores the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. Racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment that can be hostile and is still home, and with the changing tides of political history. Forster's novel is in my humble opinion, one of  the richest and subversive ‘Empire’…

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November 2019

The Grass is Singing

2 November 2019,10:30 am - 9 November 2019,12:00 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£105

Set in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the 1940s under white rule, Doris Lessing’s first novel, The Grass is Singing is at once a gripping chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social and political critique and a devastating  depiction of the quiet horror of a woman's struggle against a merciless fate. This course runs over two consecutive Saturday mornings (10.30 am - 12.30), and costs £105 (this includes resources, refreshments in the break)    

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