There are few things in the world as peaceful and enjoyable as relaxing outside during summer, the sun on your face and a good book in hand... but summer is also a time for adventure, for all things colourful and thriving and living. When it comes to a good adventure book, you get the best of both worlds. There's nothing so captivating as following characters on epic journeys of growth, staying by their sides as they cross fantastical landscapes and overcome personal trials on the roads they walk. Here, we have thrown together a short list of the most magical classic reads to get stuck into this summer, from the heart-warming to the wild, from the joyful to the perilous.
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!
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was perhaps one of the greatest writers of fiction and the fantastical, well... ever. His works remain more influential and beloved today than ever, with his most popular tales and stories continuously being adapted into a variety of mediums, such as television, film, and stage performances. In celebration of this wonderful writer who gave us so much to cherish, between the November dates of his birth and his passing, here are just a few of his legendary writings to sink your teeth into.
J. M. Barrie's The Story of Peter Pan simply doesn't grow old. But, as much as the classic Peter Pan book deserves to have a place on any child's bookshelf, the origins of the story and the characters themselves are far more grounded in reality, much unlike our flying hero and heroine Peter and Wendy.
Woolf’s views on women and her alternative perspectives are just two of the reasons why her books remain so exciting and relevant to us in the modern day. It is perhaps why she still features so prominently on lists such as “The best novels ever written” and “100 books to read before your thirty” – her insight into human nature is incredible and needs to be read to be believed. So when someone asks you Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The answer should be “not me”.