Loughborough Alumni


14 Nov 2017

Alumnus’ latest work is a literary tour full of surprises

Dr Oliver Tearle, founder of the popular Interesting Literature blog, has scoured the country to write Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape, a collection of surprising and little-known stories behind classic works of literature.

Speaking about his new publication, Dr Tearle said:

“One of the great things about writing Britain by the Book, which sprang from the same instinct which drives Interesting Literature – curiosity about the obscure and forgotten, as well as an interest in looking more closely at the stories we take for granted about classic literary works – is the sheer number of times I came across things I didn’t know before I began researching it.

It was also great fun to delve deeper into some of the things I’d previously unearthed, and to find even more surprising facts within those facts, like a sort of Russian doll of literary trivia.”

Britain by the Book follows another of Oliver’s texts, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History. His new work invites the reader on a similar literary journey, this time through the literary history of Britain.   

Alumnus, Oliver Tearle graduated from Loughborough with a PhD in English in 2011, having studied for a BA and an MA in English at Loughborough, too. Dr Tearle now works as a lecturer in the English and Drama department.

Take a look online at the Interesting Literature blog and follow the Twitter account for more literary surprises. Britain by the Book is available to purchase online.

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