British Literature

Shakespeare, son et Lumiere

Shakespeare lights up London

A spectacular light show, Shakespeare Son et Lumière, will celebrate the bard’s links with London.
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BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespearean insults

Shakespeare is the cornerstone of high culture but he was also a master of the snarky put-down. Here are our top 10 Shakespearean insults.
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BRITAIN’s top 10 Lewis Carroll quotes

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are more than just children’s stories, they are also full of philosophy and truisms.
Beatrix Potter, Kitty in Boots

New Beatrix Potter story, Kitty in Boots, is out now

Manuscript for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was discovered in the V&A’s archive after being lost for 100 years.

Britain’s acting icons before they were famous

The launch of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre's new Heritage Project allows unprecedented access to its digital archives and fascinating snapshots of Britain's acting icons before they became household names. Many of Britain’s best-known actors, including...
Jane Austen, portrait

BRITAIN’s top 10 Jane Austen quotes

Here, we gather her greatest pearls of romantic wisdom from one of Britain’s best-loved writers. Here are our favourite Jane Austen quotes.
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Festival celebrates queen of crime

Hundreds of events lined up in Torquay to honour the life, literature and legacy of Britain’s much-loved writer. Agatha Christie has beguiled crime fiction readers with her much-loved whodunnits for 100 years, making her books...

Secrets and mysteries of historic homes inspire tales

Ten writers rose to the challenge of weaving their imaginations around our built heritage creating some enthralling short stories. Ten new tales inspired by the secrets, history and mysteries of British heritage properties have been...
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Dickens’ notes solve Victorian literary mysteries

Magazines annotated by author reveal previously anonymous work to be that of Elizabeth Gaskell and Lewis Carroll, among others. A Dickensian discovery has cast light on some of Victorian literature's biggest mysteries. The authorship of thousands...
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The life and times of Charles Dickens: timeline

Charles Dickens is renowned as one of the greatest writers of the Victorian period and has made grand contributions to classic English literature.    1812 Charles John Huffam Dickens is born on 7 February to John and...
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