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Elizabeth Mitchell

Plenty of fish in the literary sea... Photo: N Bojdo

How not to read: An epiphany

Elizabeth Mitchell explores when to give up on an unmanageable book

Author of The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing dies aged 94. Photograph: Francesco Guidicini/Rex

Doris Lessing – the death of a literary icon

Doris Lessing will be remembered for pushing the boundaries in every aspect of her life, says Elizabeth Mitchell

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Classics digested: Sense and Sensibility

As Joanna Trollope releases her updated version of Jane Austen’s novel, Elizabeth Mitchell examines the original work

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta Books, 2013)

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries has the all the traditional features of a good mystery and is truly a masterpiece of our time, says Elizabeth Mitchell

The press and the public react to the Helen Fielding killing off Mark Darcy in her latest book. Image: Esmé Clifford Astbury

The death of Mr Darcy

Elizabeth Mitchell muses on Britain’s favourite singleton becoming a widow

Photo: The University of Manchester

The Manchester Anthology

New writers make their mark in The Manchester Anthology

Photo: Library Association of Ireland

Celebrating the life and work of Seamus Heaney

Elizabeth Mitchell pays tribute to the great Irish poet

Dickens (left) vs. Trollope (right)

Why Anthony Trollope is a Better Version of Charles Dickens

Elizabeth Mitchell argues that one of the most prolific writers of all time deserves the same reputation as his overexposed contemporary, Dickens

Sylvia Plath in 1957. Photo: Corbis.

Do creativity and mental instability really go hand in hand?

The anniversary of Plath’s death is a chance to reflect again on the reciprocity of these two factions

Screen adaptations through the ages: (from top left clockwise), 1940 version starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier as Elizabeth and Darcy (with screenplay by Aldous Huxley) (Loew’s production Co., and MGM)

The Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Quiz

Which Pride and Prejudice character are you?

Smoked salmon trimmings and tinned asparagus sound nowhere near as appealing as their proper counterparts but, once cooked, give the same flavour. Photo: Paul Goyette

Entertaining on a budget: French dinner party

Catering en masse isn’t as expensive as you’d think