Love, according to one of the most remarkable writers the world has seen, is not just about a sparkle in the eye, or roses, and other pretty things. In his comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare takes on love and its complexities in a world of royalty and magic.
The most acute character studies are always in the classic texts, especially when you try reading (or revisiting) Mansfield Park.
Though dame Jane Austen has found her fans in novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, Austenites always had a divided opinion in this particular text, most notably due to its lead’s lack of instant appeal.
If you’re in the mood for some medieval swashbuckler, then The Three Musketeers is your best bet.
Written by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, the tale continues to inspire newbie readers, and spans countless adaptations that increase yearly – okay, that might be an exaggeration, but you all get the point.
George Orwell’s masterpiece single-handedly trumped every edition of the reality show ‘Big Brother’.
Giving rise to the adjective “Orwellian”, 1984 was a timely release during its publication in 1949, yet still as timely as ever.
The ‘cloak’ of invisibility is the thing you wouldn't want to possess, says H. G. Wells in this spine-chilling tale. After tackling alien invasions, animal vivisection, and time travelling, the “Father of Science Fiction” resorted to the, well, The Invisible Man.
The Brontë sisters really know how to cook up a definitive love story, and Jane Eyre is a prime example.
Regarded as an important piece in English literature, Jane Eyre’s dark undertones have also made it a prototype in Gothic fiction. The novel tells the story of the titular character, Jane, as she escapes from her abusive situation at Lowood, and then goes on to become a much-adorned governess at Thornfield Hall.