Neil Rathmell

Books, plays and blogs on literary topics

Hindle Wakes

Hindle Wakes is a play by Stanley Houghton, not about the awakening of someone called Hindle, but about a dirty weekend in Llandudno. Every northern town at the time when … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eugene O’Neill’s debt to George Bernard Shaw

Ah Wilderness! takes place on the Fourth of July in what Eugene O’Neill calls in his first stage direction ‘a large small-town in Connecticut’. The play is not, as you … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

A children’s book for grown-ups

When I heard that Harper Lee had written another novel, I decided that I could not put off reading her first one any longer. Everyone I spoke to was amazed … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Romeo and Juliet of Punjab

This is the beginning of my re-telling of a classic Punjabi love story called ‘Heer Ranjha’. The whole story forms part of a book set in Indian Punjab, which I … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

How many narrators does it take to tell a story?

One story can be told in many different ways. The way in which it is told changes the story. So before you start to write your novel, you have to … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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

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