Sophie Ratcliffe

Sophie Ratcliffe

Sophie Ratcliffe is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, specialising in 19th and 20th-century literature. She is the author of On Sympathy (2008), the editor of PG Wodehouse: A Life in Letters and a co-editor of the poetry anthology Stressed Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind. Her most recent book is a memoir of love and loss, The Lost Properties of Love (2019). She can be found on Twitter @soratcli.

Interviews with Sophie Ratcliffe

The best books on Grief, recommended by Sophie Ratcliffe

We often think of bereavement in terms of deep melancholy or gentle sadness, but “grief behaves badly and grief is risk-taking”, says Sophie Ratcliffe, Oxford literary critic and author of the memoir The Lost Properties of Love. Here, she recommends five books that may act as a balm for those who have lost someone, and says that the act of reading—any book, any poem—can be consoling.

The Best PG Wodehouse Books, recommended by Sophie Ratcliffe

A prolific writer sometimes oblivious to events going on around him, PG Wodehouse remains so well loved because of his enduring characters and inimitable style, says Sophie Ratcliffe, associate professor of English at Oxford University and editor of his letters.

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