Neil Rathmell – writer

100+ essays on literary topics

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British values and English literature

Recent attempts by the British government to remind British citizens of the importance of British values, to encourage parents to instil them in their children and to require state-funded schools … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghost stories

In the literature of classical Greece and Rome, it is the living who visit the dead, not the other way round. Odysseus, with the help of Circe, raises the dead … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

The slow reader

Like everything else that gives pleasure, reading is best done slowly. Eat slowly, walk slowly, make love slowly, read slowly. Everyone reads slowly to begin with. When you’re learning, you … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment