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London, United Kingdom

September 2017

Fitzgerald and the roaring 20s

19 September 2017,10:00 am - 21 November 2017,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£285

This course will explore The Great Gatsby, published in 1922, when Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, were the toast of the New York smart set; and Tender is the Night, an apparently messier, disillusioned chronicle of a doomed marriage and a lost generation, published in 1934, while Fitzgerald’s personal life was unravelling. 8 week course:  Dates: Tuesday 19th September – 21st November 2017 (10 am – 12.15) Book Here  

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Road to Middlemarch

22 September 2017,10:00 am - 24 November 2017,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£285

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. Book Here

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November 2017

Tender is the Night

4 November 2017,10:45 am - 25 November 2017,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£120

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. Book Here

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January 2018

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

12 January 2018,9:30 am - 4:00 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£225

Teacher Inset, Chinese Pre-U, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant Do you teach Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin? If you have spent most of your career teaching a Chinese language, the prospect of teaching literature in translation might seem daunting. With this in mind, I am offering training days specifically designed to help teachers deliver the literature element (paper 4) of the new Cambridge Pre-U Chinese syllabus. My own grandfather was Chinese (surname of Wah gives it away) so I have what could…

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The Woman in White

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

The Victorians couldn’t get enough of Wilkie Collins’s novel, The Woman in White. Join me to learn about the techniques and ideas that made the novel such a spectacular and enduring success. Book Here

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Road to Middlemarch

16 January 2018,10:00 am - 13 March 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£285

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. Book Road to middlemarch

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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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