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‘Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it’s off to t’Workhouse we go’: early model factories in literature – John Dyer and Thomas Deloney.

‘The Universal Dartboard’: Heaven as a series of concentric circles – Andreas Capellanus, Dante and the Monk of Evesham.

‘They Bisect Horses, Don’t They?’: from Sir Ywain to Baron Munchausen to Alice in Wonderland...

‘The Cricket Test’: observations on a poem by Christine Evans.

‘Universal Export: Still a Good Investment?’: James Bond examined; cheating at cards down the ages. (see Extracts page)

‘Always Read the Wrapping Paper...’: new discoveries in a poem by Sappho. (see Extracts page)

‘It’s the Way they Tell em’: the connection between Sherlock Holmes, Les Dawson and modern inarticulacy.

‘Chez Nous’: Shakespeare’s problem with an invasion of England in King Lear.

‘Treating those Two Impostors Just the Same?’: Tom Stoppard’s Professional Foul and the changing British psyche.

‘Oh no, Miss, not The Waste Land again’: problems of literature syllabuses in schools.