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An insight into an avid reader’s book collection

It’s always interesting to inspect someone else’s bookshelves and judge, I mean look at, their reading material. Today we offer an insight into the books read by my colleague Jessica Doyle, who is part of our marketing team. Lots of fiction – Austen, Fitzgerald, Hemingway and back up to date with Chabon and Eugenides. You […]

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Signed copy of Lord of the Flies sells for £12,500

Three quite different books are found at the top of our list of most expensive sales for September 2013. You all know Lord of the Flies by William Golding, but this particular sale includes some interesting correspondence between the author and a collector. In Dubious Battle is the first book in John Steinbeck’s Dustbowl trilogy […]

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The year’s top non-fiction revealed on 2013 Samuel Johnson shortlist

The shortlist for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK’s top award for non-fiction books, has been announced and the subject matter ranges from Mrs Thatcher to Afghanistan and bees. David Crane for Empires of the Dead William Dalrymple for Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan Dave Goulson for A Sting in the […]

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Censored and Banned Books: From John Steinbeck to Dr. Seuss

Our latest video breaks down the murky world of book banning – an unfortunate phenomenon that is remarkably common and yet rarely works.

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Three Elmore Leonard books on August’s list of bestselling signed books

American author Elmore Leonard was a generous signer of books and many people decided to mark his passing by buying a signed copy. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki continues to be immensely popular and must be considered a contender for the 2013 Booker Prize. 1) A Tale for the Time Being […]

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A book club for science fans

Modern science is rarely dull and there’s usually a fascinating story behind each new discovery. This was the formula that fuelled the Scientific Book Club for more than five decades. With a new title released each month, the Scientific Book Club covered a broad range of topics from geology to marine life and fossil fuels […]

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The Ten Best History Books

This issue of The Independent lists their selection of the Ten Best History books: Necropolis: London and Its Dead By Catharine Arnold From Roman burial rites to the horrors of the plague, from the founding of the great Victorian cemeteries to the development of cremation and the current approach of metropolitan society towards death and […]

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Collecting books about cinema history

Cinema is a broad genre for collectors. There are autobiographies, memoirs and essays. There are books written by and about countless actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and even stuntmen. History, scandal, innovation and celebrity can be found on page after page. Discover more with our latest feature.

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Classic books you should actually read

Our latest video is a good one. My colleague Beth (check out her swan-themed dress) talks about the classic books you should actually read. I’ve ploughed my way through Moby-Dick and it was, indeed a very tough book to read, the language was particularly challenging. I finished it though.

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Love stories and why people read them

Our latest Avid Reader newsletter addresses the notion of love in literature. Frankly, I’m not the type of reader to ever pick up Love Story by Erich Segal but lots of folks do. I was surprised to notice that I’d actually read five of the 25 books listed by my colleague Beth – you can’t […]

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