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Dissecting the female body: VPFA 2013

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‘No man should marry until he has studied anatomy, and dissected at least one woman.’ (Honore de Balzac, 1826) Citing Balzac in the keynote speech which opened last week’s VPFA annual conference (on… Continue reading

Seesaws and Sensibility

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You might have noticed our signal failure to fulfil our promise to provide lots of Sense and Sensibility-related content ‘across the month’. Don’t worry, there is a lot of it brewing but I’m… Continue reading

Book report: Wilkie Collins ‘Hide and Seek’

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As I mentioned at the end of my Dr Who post, I’ve been reading Wilkie Collins’ Hide and Seek (1854). I love a bit of Wilkie – I read loads of his books… Continue reading

Getting Quizzy with It

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In the words of Marius Pontmercy: Oh God for shame! I only scored 19/20 on Stylist magazine’s Jane Eyre quiz! Hopefully you guys can do better and redeem the reputation of Victorian scholarship… Continue reading

What Maisie Knew

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Upcoming alert! A modernised adaptation of Henry James’ 1897 What Maisie Knew, starring Onata Aprile as Maisie, Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as her horrible parents and the extreeeeemely beautiful Alexander Skarsgard as… Continue reading

Crimson Horrified

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Well, as promised we watched Dr Who at the weekend and it was a goodie! Bright red corpses,1 prehistoric leeches, and the Doctor in a kind of Victorian onesie. I even enjoyed the… Continue reading

S&S the Musical!

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Extreme breaking news alert! There’s a musical version of Sense and Sensibility!! If there’s one thing we at GBO&D love more than a period drama it’s a period drama musical (case in point:… Continue reading

“We are going… TO THE NORTH”: Doctor Who goes industrial

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As avid Whoficionados we are already very excited about tomorrow’s episode, The Crimson Horror, which takes the Doctor and Clara (who is a kind of Victorian, remember) up to the industrial North. Along… Continue reading

Senses and Sensibilities

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For our first ever Gin & Onions watchalong we’re going to be viewing and commenting on some of the fine adaptations of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Mostly we chose this because we… Continue reading