The Big Book Review team will be in conversation with panels of contemporary writers to talk about CRIME WRITING AND QUALITY (5 February 2022, 7.30), and THE BLACK COUNTRY, BELFAST AND THE BIG BOOK REVIEW (6 February 2022, 2.30). Read more about this event on our Events page.
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In collaboration with BBC Arts and the Being Human Festival, we will be launching our Novel Perceptions project on 16 November with novelist Kit de Waal at the Being Human Festival. Novel Perceptions (http://novel-perceptions.thememorynetwork.com), which has received close to £300,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), explores readers’ opinions about the literary quality
What makes a great adventure story? Is it all about danger and daring getaways, or can the quality of the writing turn ordinary escapism into a literary classic? From the recently published surveys about the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World, the one about adventure novels is the most popular. Readers love to indulge in a
When it comes to love stories, what makes a great novel a classic rather than a guilty pleasure? This Valentine’s Day, academics are asking readers for help to understand why some romantic novels are remembered as masterpieces, while others are considered light entertainment. Click here to read ‘Is it time to re-think the love story?’,