Month: December 2015

The Franchise Affair: A Mystery Without a Corpse

Posted on 30/12/2015

A masterful and chilling mystery (named by the Crime Writers’ Association in 1990 as one of the ‘Top One Hundred Crime Novels of All Time’) that may, or may not, have been based on real events, The Fr …


The Wonderful Wizardry of Words

Posted on 28/12/2015

Writing in the Winter 2010/Spring 2011 edition of the Folio Magazine, Maria Tatar uncovers the real magic in L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wiz …


‘A likely story – and probably true …’

Posted on 26/12/2015

Writing for the Autumn 2007 issue of the Folio Magazine, the writer and Observer film critic Philip French, who passed away in 2015, surveyed his own lifelong appreciation of the Marx Brothers and app …


How We See Frankenstein’s Creature

Posted on 22/12/2015

From its birth in the imagination of Mary Shelley, Frankenstein’s creature has taken on a life of its own as one of popular culture’s most potent images. Miranda Seymour, Mary Shelley’s biographer and …