What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

by Simon Critchlow  The baroque period is generally considered as being from around 1650-1750 and the classical period from around 1750-1830. To illustrate the changes in style between these two periods, I’ve chosen two pieces by the titans of each era: J.S. Bach in the Baroque corner and Mozart in the Classical corner. The two … Continue reading What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

17 Books That Make Perfect Christmas Presents For The Bookworm In Your Life

by Lee Cross Right about now the high street is doing its annual ramp up, and the bookshops are no exception. One glance at the shelves is enough to tell you that pretty much every big-ticket thriller writer has a book out, and if you take a closer look you’ll notice a few of the … Continue reading 17 Books That Make Perfect Christmas Presents For The Bookworm In Your Life

Leopold Broom Investiages: A Bookworm’s Holiday (Part One)

by Lee Cross I decided to take holiday, the reasons? “who needs reasons…when you’ve got heroin” - one of my favourite ever lines. To be clear, reading is my drug of choice, which is fortunate because (and aside from the numerous health issues) it’s a lot easier to transport literature over international borders; and I don’t … Continue reading Leopold Broom Investiages: A Bookworm’s Holiday (Part One)

Book Review: The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry

by Vanessa Knoedler Book Review: The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry (2012) ` by Jon Ronson  Looking for a spooky read with a mysterious figure riding through the wood - eyes furtively searching the shadows for malevolent figures dancing through the brush ere the sun rises? Tough stuff- this is not that … Continue reading Book Review: The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Halloween Book Recommendation: ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin

by Vanessa Knoedler  Looking for a ghoulish Halloween read?  Interested in a modern take on vampires? (I mean… who isn’t, as long as it isn’t mired in teen angst?! Or maybe especially if it is…) Consider Justin Cronin’s The Passage.  It brings together secret government facilities, fugitive chase scenes, a deadly virus rampaging through the … Continue reading Halloween Book Recommendation: ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin

Halloween Book Recommendation: Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Uncle Silas’

by Davy Kenney Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is possibly one of the most underrated Victorian spook-smiths. If you are a Bram Stoker aficionado, you will easily recognize many borrowed motifs in stories like “Carmilla” and “An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street.” But beyond his influence, Le Fanu is a master of horror. Long … Continue reading Halloween Book Recommendation: Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Uncle Silas’