Mary Ward Book Club

About London: Novels, biographies, autobiographies, poetry, short stories. Read and discuss extracts from well-known texts regarding the Capital. Learn to write concise reviews and present your views to the group

Who is this course for

Readers with an interest in London and its inhabitants through the ages - in fact and fiction. For those wishing to broaden their knowledge of London writing and improve their critical skills. For those wishing to develop skills in writing a review. Budding authors will also be able study technique and style.

What does this course cover

During the term, we will look at London in novel fiction, in biographies, autobiographies and other forms. The books chosen will cover a wide range of material. From classics to lesser known works. The female, gay, black, working class and outsider experience will be included. We will look at how reviewers have received the books.

What will it be like

Book extracts will be circulated by the tutor to be read by students at home and discussed at the meeting. Cultural factors and background to the books will be analysed, as will the author's approach and technique. We will look at how reviewers have received the books.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will be supplied with book extracts. They will be required to read the texts at home and undertake any relevant research, such as finding out more about the author on the internet. It is hoped that students will read at least one of the books discussed in its entirety over the length of the term and write a review. They would need to obtain a copy themselves. Most of the titles will be available from public libraries.

What this course could lead to

Will led to improved critical skills, confidence in formulating and presenting ideas to a group and the ability to use these skills on other courses. Analysis by students will lead to a developed appreciation of the writers' art and may assist in any writing of their own that they might be considering.

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