Hamlet: Globe to Globe

Hamlet: Globe to Globe by Dominic Dromgoole

As I was plotting what to buy with my birthday book vouchers, I happened across Hamlet: Globe to Globe and almost immediately knew that this would make up part of my book haul. The idea of taking Hamlet to every country in the world was one that fascinated and intrigued me, particularly as I immediately started thinking of ways in which the different themes present in the play could be emphasised in different countries to contextualise the narrative. (When I described the premise to a friend, he commented that it seemed like a perfect match of two of my big interests: literature and cross-cultural commentary.) There have been many non-fiction books I have read this year which have surprised me in how much I have enjoyed them, and this was definitely one of them: a fascinating exploration of the global impact of theatre and the multitude of themes weaved through Shakespeare’s writing. Read more

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

A few months ago, I started to follow Rupi Kaur on Instagram after hearing lots of good things about her writing. I enjoyed reading her posts but wanted to get a better overview of what her writing would be like in print so I was pleased when I was given a copy of Milk and Honey for my birthday earlier this year. Having read it now, I can understand why there was so much hype about it: it is definitely unique as a collection of poetry, tackling issues that feel very real and personal to Kaur. However, I see it less as a ground-breaking collection and more as the promise of great potential: I look forward to seeing how Kaur has grown as a writer when her next book is released later this year. Read more

The Story of the Lost Child

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Almost exactly a year since I first picked up My Brilliant Friend, I started reading the final installment of Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels: The Story of the Lost Child. If you have been reading my reviews of the series, you will know that I have been completely engrossed by the world and characters Ferrante has created. At times, I have struggled to articulate the effect that these novels have on me: although they depict a world very different from the world I grew up in, something within the narrative had a deep resonance with me that I have experienced with few other novels, let alone an entire series. This final installment, in particular, became a narrative that I carried round with me even when I wasn’t reading the book; it was a wonderful, absorbing conclusion to a series that I will hold close to my heart. Read more

The Better Strangers (The Borrowers That Lend, 2016)

The Better Strangers (The Borrowers That Lend, 2016)

Last year, I reviewed A Document of Madness, a web series adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. During the release of A Document of Madness, The Borrowers That Lend were also filming a sequel: The Better Strangers, adapted from As You Like It, which was released over the course of the past several months. Having enjoyed A Document of Madness, and As You Like It being a new addition to my favourite Shakespeare plays, I was naturally very excited to step back into the world of Wittenberg College and see how The Borrowers That Lend were able to grow from their first project. This proved to be a fun series that provided a little bright spot in my day whenever a new episode was released. Read more