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March 2018

Wide Sargasso Sea

3 March 2018,10:45 am - 24 March 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£120

Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Book Here

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September 2018

Home Improvement: Jane Austen and E.M Forster

4 September 2018,10:00 am - 9 October 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the state of England, uneasy class relations, social conformity and social rebellion. In this course, we will explore the rich social comedy of both texts, their exploration of the English country house as symbol and the authors’ presentations of a range of heroines from the quiet endurance of Austen’s Fanny Price to the bold rebellion of Mary Crawford and Forster’s Helen Schlegel. Date: Tuesdays 4th September…

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The Road to Middlemarch

6 September 2018,10:00 am - 11 October 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

This course is entirely dedicated to one of the greatest literary works of the nineteenth-century and my own personal favourite: George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Written in 1871, the novel deals with such important contemporary issues as political change, education for women, identity, marriage and the changing social structure. It is still deeply meaningful today and this is partly why it has stood the test of time: it is, amongst other things, a series of love stories, an exploration of life in the…

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The House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

7 September 2018,10:00 am - 12 October 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

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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November 2018

Home Improvement: Jane Austen and E.M Forster

1 November 2018,10:00 am - 6 December 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the state of England, uneasy class relations, social conformity and social rebellion. In this course, we will explore the rich social comedy of both texts, their exploration of the English country house as symbol and the authors’ presentations of a range of heroines from the quiet endurance of Austen’s Fanny Price to the bold rebellion of Mary Crawford and Forster’s Helen Schlegel. Date: Tuesdays 4th September…

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The House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

2 November 2018,10:00 am - 7 December 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

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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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 Sold out

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

North and South

7 June 2019,1:15 pm - 21 June 2019,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£150

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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