Melissa Steel

About Melissa Steel

Melissa Steel is a Social Anthropology student at the University of St Andrews. English was Melissa's favourite subject at school. Somewhere between then and now, she lost the habit of reading for pleasure (she probably misplaced the desire underneath a heap of ethnographies for her course). Determined to resurrect the hobby, she has started this blog to recount her attempts at extracurricular reading.

Melissa Reads… Shakespeare & Company

University of Nebraska Press

My last blog was about the work of Colette, a Parisian known for her scandalous writing and lifestyle. Similarly, Sylvia Beach was renowned for her connections to Paris’s literary scene and its accompanying excess. Her English language bookshop, Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Melissa Reads… The Ripening Seed

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette lived a life of angst and drama that put even the exploits of the most rebellious teenager to shame. She spent most of the late Nineteenth Century, and indeed much of the Twentieth, leaving a tsunami of scandal … Continue reading

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Melissa Reads… The Land Where the Blues Began

Although I finished The Land Where the Blues Began a few weeks ago, I hesitated about writing this, because I was worried that the review would be accidentally racist. Being an Anthropology student has made me realise that everyone holds … Continue reading

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Melissa reads… The Silver Linings Playbook

Like many, I was drawn to the idea of reading Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook after seeing the recently released film adaptation, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It is a quirky comedy about two individuals recovering from mental illnesses banding … Continue reading

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