Critical Linking for December 9th, 2015


What does the rest of the world see as the greatest British novels? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics, from Australia to Zimbabwe – but none from the UK. This list includes no nonfiction, no plays, no narrative or epic poems (no Paradise Lost or Beowulf), no short story collections (no Morte D’Arthur) – novels only, by British authors (which means no James Joyce).

Are you surprised that 4 out of the top 5 of the 100 greatest British novels are by women?


Today on Twitter, J.K. Rowling confirmed what we all knew to be true: Donald Trump is worse than Voldemort. The author was replying to a BBC story about how people have taken to calling Trump “Lord Voldemort.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Republican frontrunner.


Russian film stars, a cosmonaut and French actress Fanny Ardant are among 1,300 people reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace live on the internet – a 60-hour marathon spread over four days.

Sounds like an epic, fascinating marathon that few people will watch. Sort of like…..well, you get it.

We are continuing our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone with a giveaway of five copies of the beautiful illustration edition. Go here to enter, or just click on the illustration from the book below!