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Wide Sargasso Sea

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£130

Christmas by the fireside

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

Christmas by the fireside

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

Uncharted Waters: Virginia Woolf

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£260

Uncharted waters: Virginia Woolf

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£260

Uncharted Waters: Virginia Woolf

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£260

Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£240

Uncharted Waters: Celebrating Virginia Woolf

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£240

‘Reader, I married him’ Jane Eyre

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£140

Property and Propriety: Mansfield Park and Howards End

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£240

Property and Propriety: Mansfield Park and Howards End

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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). […]

£240

‘Reader, I married him’: Jane Eyre

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£80

North and South

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£200

Tender is the Night

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£200

House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£240

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

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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, […]

£255

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

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£255

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

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£255

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

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£155

The American Novel: Lolita and American Pastoral

The livingroom Percy Road, London

In this course we will discuss two of the great works of post-war American fiction. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is a novel that continues to scandalise and fascinate and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is similarly uncompromising is its exploration of relations between the generations against the backdrop of political radicalism, race riots and the Vietnam War. Both texts explore the dark side of […]

£255