The Sheer Brilliance of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes

by Lewis Saddington May 04, 2020 3 min read

Few genres can compare to crime and mystery when it comes to frantic page turning, with novels that often capture readers from start to finish without so much as a tea break. After all, that's the point of the genre, is it not? To keep you guessing, wondering, and scratching your head until the plot finally unravels, leaving you both surprised and wholly satisfied with the conclusion of the mystery at hand. And, within this genre, there is one character who arguably stands above them all. We are, of course, talking about none other than Arthur Conan Doyle's titan of crime and mystery literature - the great Sherlock Holmes.
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The Inspiring Authors and Novels of Ireland

by Lewis Saddington March 20, 2020 2 min read

St. Patrick's Day may have been and gone, but that doesn't mean that our appreciation for all of the wonderful things Ireland has to offer must come to an end. And among all things wonderful and Irish are perhaps some of the greatest authors the world of literature has ever seen. So, to keep showing our love after celebrations have died down, here are just a few of the most memorable Irish names in literature - and what makes them so great and memorable!
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The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

by Lewis Saddington March 09, 2020 3 min read

With the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations coming, who could be our author of the month but a beloved Irishman? Oscar Wilde is a name well known, not just in the world of classic literature but in general history, for many reasons; his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays and poems, his unjust imprisonment, and his untimely death to name just a few. But here at the Country House Library, we simply wish to show this legendary writer the praise he deserves for his contributions to the literary world. And that's exactly what we're going to do.
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Celebrating Children's Authors and Illustrators Week

by Lewis Saddington February 03, 2020 3 min read

Here at Country House Library, there are few things we enjoy more than a good story. And, with national Children's Authors and Illustrators Week just beginning, we knew that this would be our perfect opportunity to revisit some of the many tales by beloved authors that introduced so many of us to the joys of reading in the first place. From Peter Rabbit to Winnie the Pooh, keep reading if you're wanting to ignite some nostalgia with your childhood story-time favourites!
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Lewis Carroll's Wacky and Wonderful Characters of Wonderland

by Lewis Saddington January 27, 2020 4 min read

Today is the day we wish a very happy birthday (or a very happy un-un-birthday...) to the fabulous Lewis Carroll, and offer up our thanks for the literary legacy he left behind - a legacy which remains ever strong and influential. Over one hundred and fifty years have passed since the publication of his 1856 classic novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (more commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland), and yet the story continues to touch the hearts of the masses who read it to this day. It's hard to not be moved by the brilliant and colourful madness of such a zany and memorable tale, which is why we're using this special day to explore Carroll's many wacky and wonderful characters - characters which make Wonderland worthy of its name, a world which would not be the same without each and every one of its unique inhabitants.

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1984 and Animal Farm: The Boldest Books by George Orwell

by Lewis Saddington January 17, 2020 3 min read

70 years ago tomorrow marks the day we lost George Orwell, one of the greatest English novelists of the 20th century. Few, if any, have ever come close to penning works on corruption and states of dystopia in a manner as hauntingly effective as George. His creation of popular terms frequently used, not only in literature but in the English language (Big Brother, Thought Police, and Room 101 to name a few), stands as a testament to his sheer writing power. In celebration of this unrivalled talent, we will be taking a look at his two most influential and well-known works - 1984 and Animal Farm.

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A New Adventure: The Best Adventure Books for the New Decade

by Lewis Saddington January 08, 2020 3 min read

And that's a wrap on the 2010s, folks! We hope you all had a fantastic decade, made great memories, achieved whatever goals you set for yourselves, and experienced all the adventures you wanted to. But, now that we're rolling into the 2020s, it's time to start planning whatever adventures you want to tackle next - and to get you feeling particularly adventurous, we've compiled a list of the most exciting adventure books and novels to get you started on the right foot!
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Can You Place These Christmas Book Quotes? Win a Vintage Charles Dickens Book!

by Lewis Saddington December 23, 2019 1 min read

Christmas is here, the jingle bells are ringing, and the holiday cheer is all around! And, in the season of generosity, we've decided to host yet another giveaway for all you eager Christmas spirits out there. To finish 2019, we're giving away a vintage copy of A Christmas Carol and Other Stories by Charles Dickens!
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Seven Spine-Tingling Books to Read This Halloween

by Lewis Saddington October 28, 2019 2 min read

With Halloween just around the corner, here are some of the spookiest reads to get your hands on. From H.G. Wells to horror story collections featuring the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, this is not a selection you want to miss if you're a fan or avid reader of classic horror literature. So get stuck in and enjoy the Halloween holiday as it was meant to be enjoyed - with one hell of a fright!
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National Day on Writing: The Most Influential Genre Authors in Literature

by Lewis Saddington October 22, 2019 4 min read

With National Day on Writing having just taken place, a day where we can all appreciate the importance of literature and storytelling, it only feels right to celebrate some of the most influential and adored writers of our time. Every book we read today has been influenced by one great writer or another - and, without certain names in the literary world, many of the classic genres know would likely not exist in their current form. Some may not even exist at all...
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The Life and Literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald

by ami baker September 19, 2019 4 min read

With only five novels written during his lifetime (including one unfinished novel, but not including shorts stories and novellas), F. Scott Fitzgerald left us with more to love, cherish, and appreciate than many could with one thousand written works due to the quality of his storytelling. Though not without his personal troubles (his life was tragically cut short by a heart attack at the age of 44 due to poor health and alcoholism), it's often the most troubled minds that leave us with the most inspirational and impressive works of art. With his birthday just around the corner on September 24th, it's time celebrate this revered writer by exploring his ultimate success and re-discovering why he is rightfully remembered as one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century.
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Fashion Week: Learn a New Stylish Skill

by ami baker September 16, 2019 2 min read

With London Fashion week coming to an end, it's safe to say we're all still in the midst of the stylish buzz. But, though the catwalk won't be out for much longer, that doesn't mean you have to forget about fashion altogether. Fashion changes almost on a daily basis, but modern fashion is only the tip of the iceberg; there are thousands of years to look back on, including classic techniques that have been used since long before catwalks even existed. So, if you're feeling appreciative of everything the world of style has to offer, become a part of it yourself by learning a new skill that never goes out of fashion!
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