The Roman poet Ovid was born on March 20th 43BC, living during the reign of the first Roman Emperor Augustus. His work is often described as the last love elegist, an erotic writer, and is best known for his epic Metamorphoses.
Ovid influenced an extensive range of writers through the years, from Shakespeare to James Joyce, and even Bob Dylan who borrowed lines for a handful of his songs.
To celebrate his birthday we have gathered some lines and quotes attributed to the great poet himself…
Always ready with astute observations and sharp wit, Gill had numerous intelligent quips to share.
Here are ten of our favourites.
If, or when, the reader does finally realise why the book has been given that title it can be a epiphanic moment.
Here are some of our favourite moments in popular books where book titles are (finally!) mentioned.
From an early age Butler suffered from crippling shyness making her awkward, as a result she passed her time reading at the Pasadena Central Library, and writing realms and realms of pages in her ‘big pink notebook’. It will come as no surprise to her fans to learn that she quickly evolved from reading fairy tales to reading science fiction magazines. Read More
He won the Booker Prize in 1981 with his second novel, Midnight’s Children, which was said to be “the best novel of all winners”. Generally his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent and combines historical fiction and magical realism.
His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses was published in 1988 and was the subject of a major controversy in Muslim societies. Many Muslims protested the book and death threats were made against Rushdie.
His works remain as popular, and as controversial, today and we cannot deny his quotes have depth and wisdom to them. Read More
Her wisdom and way with words also awarded her a place in advertising. The famous Guinness brand hired her for their promotions in the 20th century. Sayers’ jingle was added to the bottom of the now-famous Guinness toucan advertisement.
Pamuk grew up in a wealthy but declining upper-class family, a story he tells thoroughly in his personal memoir Istanbul (US – UK), but he is best known for his novels My Name is Red, Snow, The Museum of Innocence and others. Read More
In 2007 the first novel in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind was published, the second book, The Wiseman’s fear followed in 2011 and a companion novel The Slow Regard of Silent Things followed in 2014. Read More