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Book Review: Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad

by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

Bee is a mother to three young daughters and a London resident.  She’s also a journalist, school fair organiser, tea drinker and generally busy woman juggling married life, family illness and holidays abroad.

May is a lecturer, teaching Jane Austen and democracy to girls, and has a preoccupation with coffee, smoking and her hair.  She’s also an Iraqi living in Baghdad. 

“He made me think about your literature students: don’t they find it hard to relate to literature when their lives are a daily struggle? How can you teach Jane Austen in Baghdad? How can they make sense of it? … Bee”

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… The Graphic Novel

Yeah, we’re all getting a teensy bit sick and tired of the P&P&Z posts, but here’s another one… and I’m actually a bit excited.  To be released on 4 May this year (though I have seen 5 May floating around), the new novel is a Del Rey piece, said to be being adapted by Tony Lee and illustrated by Cliff Richards (who you might know from some Marvel comics pieces).

Graphic novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, but with a film already in the making… is this a PPZ overkill?  I have read some people say they would never read the book, but would give the graphic novel a look- so maybe it’s appealing to a whole new audience.  Maybe it’s getting other people into classics.  Maybe it should be released a lot later on. Maybe it’s not.  I don’t know. Continue reading

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