The Wing of Friendship

Charles Dickens’ most enduring friendship was with his sister-in-law, who has been remembered as his housekeeper.

The First Folio

The stage has a short memory, print a long one: 400 years since its first publication, Shakespeare’s First Folio is the reason we remember him.

Literary Heroine

One of Croatia’s most-read authors, Marija Jurić Zagorka spent her life in defiance of convention.

Are you Experienced?

Not a queen or a saint, witch or idealised lady-love, the Wife of Bath is a much-married working woman and an enthusiastic traveller.

Clean Sheets

The smooth whiteness of paper belies the mess and hard labour that went into its production.

Filling the Gaps

Notes in the margins of early modern books can be very revealing about their readers’ lives and interests.