Friday, 8 September 2017

International Literacy Day 2017

Once upon a time

Today is International Literacy Day and I teamed up with Viking to express my love of literature. Because, if you hadn't realised already (where have you been?) I'm very much into my novels, especially those from the Victorian era. 

I've been a bookworm since before I could even read. My family would read to me every night as a child and as soon as I could go it alone, I did. I devoured books, I loved talking about books and I found solace in book stores and libraries (and still do).

English was always my favourite class at school; I enjoyed analysing stories but also writing creatively. This made it a really easy decision when it came to what I'd study at university.

I have a BA in English and an MA in English. My MA was all things Victorian literature and I found a huge passion for the weird and macabre culture. I've written a bit about my MA dissertation here; I focused on the disabled body and the freak show. It was extremely fascinating and even now, four years after handing it my 20,000 word thesis, I'm still as enthusiastic talking about it.

books, novels, quotes

Since I'm such an avid Victorian lit fan, I thought it was only right to share some of my favourite quotes from novels of the 19th century. You can also take a look at some book recommendations from that era here.

'Curiouser and curiouser.'
Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

'I hope, or I could not live.'
Island of Doctor Moreau - HG Wells

'To define is to limit.'
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

'Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.'
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

'I am no bird, and no net ensnares me.'
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

'He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.'
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Dorian Gray

What're your favourite quotes from books?


  1. Your dissertation sounds really interesting! I, too, love a bit of Victorian literature. Wilde and the Bronte sisters are some of my favourite authors from that era. x x

  2. I did a English and Drama degree and it was such a luxury to have three years to read books and watch plays! I've always loved Oscar Wilde too, particularly Dorian Gray, and his childrens' stories. Love your selection of quotes too. X

    Lisa |


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