Classic Gothic fiction – where to start?

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I’ve been a huge fan of the literature of the Romantic period since I was 16 years old and I first read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It was unlike any other poem that I’d ever read and I wanted to read more. I attended Lancaster University as an Undergraduate and was able to immerse myself deeper into that period. The more I read the more I loved it. It’s been a long and fulfilling love affair with a period of literature that has such a rich literary and historical significance. Something that I further explored when I studied Romantic Literature and Culture for my Postgraduate degree. Of course, when I told most people the name of my course they assumed I was studying the works of Gilly Cooper or something. Seriously, if I had £1 for the number of times I’ve had to explain it to people then I still wouldn’t be able to pay off my student debts but I’d have a fair few pound coins.

Haruki Murakami – where to start?

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I never have a definitive answer for the question “who is your favourite author?” but I guess Murkami would always come close to the top. There’s something about his weird and wonderful worlds that just capture my attention. Whenever I showcase my Murakami editions on my feed, the question I am asked most frequently is “which would you recommend to read first?” As a result, it is a question that I have thought about a lot more than I ever really anticipated. The act of picking your first book by an established author is a weird one, isn’t it? I mean you would instinctively want to go with the most critically acclaimed or most popular novel. However, especially with an author like Murakami, that isn’t always advisable. It is also a question that is deeply personal to the person you ask. I could very easily tell you to read one novel whilst someone else would suggest an entirely different starting point. However, following on from last week’s vow to post something potentially useful, I’ve decided to set forth a few ideas of how to get into the works of Haruki Murakami. Even though, I should point out, I’m no expert and cannot claim to have read everything he’s ever written.