Neil Rathmell

Books, plays and a weekly blog

From Shakespeare to Hardy

It may seem outlandish to compare the early novels of Thomas Hardy to the late plays of William Shakespeare, but reading Far From The Madding Crowd for the second time … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dirty Tricks

This short story was first published here in seven daily instalments. Here now is the story in full. I don’t know what I’m laughing at. I’m new. I’m laughing because … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marvell’s Garden

Spenser was twelve when Shakespeare was born, Shakespeare was eight when Donne was born, Donne was twenty-one when Herbert was born, Herbert was fifteen when Milton was born, Milton was … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

The World Turned Upside Down

If you shine a light on fog, all you see is fog. Historians, when they shine a light on the past, are supposed to let us see through the fog, … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad

Last year I published a book called ‘An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad’. It was about my mother and the birthday she spent in India with me at the invitation … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Modern literature’s debt to Mary Shelley

To have invented one literary genre is a remarkable enough achievement, to have invented two is almost beyond belief, which is perhaps why Mary Shelley’s second achievement has been largely … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is best known as a film starring Jane Fonda, but that was in 1969 by which time the novel by Horace McCoy had been in … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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