Book trivia, Quizzes, puzzles & humour

What do your favourite books say about you?

What do your favourite books say about you? There is a quiz in The Independent newspaper that attempts to calculate how old you are based on your favourite books. Feel free to give it a try. As I mostly favour Long 19th Century books I was expecting it to estimate my age at about 150… Continue reading What do your favourite books say about you?

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Book trivia, Words & phrases (Long 19th Century)

“Hoydon” – Victorian Words & Phrases #3

Hoydon = A romping girl. Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose. I only remember coming across the word "Hoydon" once, and that was in an early scene in Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy): They leant over the gate by the highway, and inquired as to the… Continue reading “Hoydon” – Victorian Words & Phrases #3

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Dickens, Charles, Quotes, Writers

Charles Dickens in 31 quotes

Charles Dickens in 31 quotes Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a great Victorian novelist and the creator of an extensive range of vivid fictional characters. He was also a journalist, speaker and social critic. In his childhood Dicken's father was imprisoned for debt and the 12 year old Charles was famously sent to work in a… Continue reading Charles Dickens in 31 quotes

Book trivia, Words & phrases (Long 19th Century)

6 handy Victorian words & phrases you’ll need this summer

6 handy words & phrases every Long Victorian needs this summer No.6 "Bow wow mutton" Definition = 'A naval term referring to meat so bad it might be dog flesh'. McBow-wow-mutton burger, chips and a diet coke, please - can you supersize that? No.5 "Ark ruffians" Definition = ‘Rogues who robbed, and sometimes murdered, on… Continue reading 6 handy Victorian words & phrases you’ll need this summer

Hardy, Thomas, Quotes, Writers

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy! Today is the birthday of Thomas Hardy (b.2 June 1840 – d.11 January 1928). Hardy was a celebrated and influential English novelist and poet. And is a favourite of mine. Author of such works as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891),… Continue reading Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes