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Introducing The Alphabet Library: An A-Z of Forgotten Books

As far as we’re concerned, a good book never dies. It’s just hard to remember them all. Now, some forgotten books are going to be returning to the limelight as the Daily Telegraph has just published the first installment of The Alphabet Library: an A to Z of forgotten books. AbeBooks.co.uk is sponsoring this online […]

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10 reasons why 1984 matters in 2013

All the concern about government surveillance inspired us to revisit 1984 by George Orwell. It’s been 20 years at least since I read that novel and I’d forgotten about just how scary and how relevant that book is. On Reddit, I saw an interesting debate where people were discussing whether the ending matters. It does […]

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Authors and their football teams

The football season looms. So the Daily Telegraph gives us a slideshow of writers and their favourite football teams. Camus played goalie for Racing Universitaire Algerios, Arthur Conan Doyle was a goalie for Portsmouth, Salman Rushdie supports Spurs, J.K. is a Hammer, Roddy Doyle follows Chelsea, Julian Barnes supports Leicester City for his sins, Stephen […]

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Winston Churchill’s real profession – writing books

There’s a new biography about Winston Churchill… but hold on. Before you turn away because it’s another book about this famous statesman, this one addresses his writing career – the profession that paid the bills as far as this man was concerned. Mr. Churchill’s Profession by Peter Clarke is receiving some decent reviews, including from the […]

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Video review of Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn

Earlier this year, I read Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn. Here is my video review of this non-fiction book about thousands of bath toys that fell into the ocean off a container ship and were washed around the globe.

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A book that celebrates the A303

To quote today’s youngsters, “OMG!” There’s a book about the A303 – one of my favourite roads in all the world – and the Telegraph just reviewed it. The A303: Highway to the Sun by Tom Fort is my next read without a doubt. I’ve always loved that road. I love the ups and downs, […]

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