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Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2014 Booker Winner

The votes are in! Congratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Not only is Flanagan now £50,000 richer, but he is now virtually guaranteed to be in the eye of the literary community, and […]

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Eight Facts About Graham Greene

Today is the 110th anniversary of the birth of famous novelist Graham Greene (1904-1991), best known for his celebrated works Our Man in Havana, The End of the Affair and The Power and the Glory. In honour of the day and the man, here are some Graham Greene facts for you. 1) Graham Greene’s complete […]

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“Sausage machine” to disliking birds’ feet – 10 facts about Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the prolific writer of murder mysteries, was far from dull. Aside from her infamous disappearance in 1926 that fascinated a complete nation, there were many interesting aspects to her life. 1) Agatha dictated all her novels to an assistant. She suffered from dysgraphia, a learning disability, which stopped her from writing in a […]

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For the joy of reading: 12 bibliomemoirs

I’m sure you can all work out what sort of books are classified as bibliomemoirs. They are not all that common but memoirs about a life of reading, or the books that have particularly influenced someone are intriguing to fellow bibliophiles. Readers can always relate to fellow readers. Here is a selection of bibliomemoirs to […]

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A reading list from the nine-year-old who read 272 books in six months

Here’s a heartwarming story from Knutsford in Cheshire. A nine-year-old school girl, Faith Jackson from Hough Green, has ploughed through 272 books in six months. She began keeping track on 1 July at the suggestion of her mother, Laura, so they could see how she did during the school holidays. However, Faith kept counting once […]

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Ten vintage books you should give as gifts

We’ve picked 10 books that would make great gifts based on the cover alone. 1. For the Shopper: Black Friday. 2. For the Psychologist: Drugs and the Mind. 3. For the Cook: Eggs, Beans and Crumpets. 4. For the Dreamer: The Flight from the Enchanter. 5. For the Animal Lover:  Jack of the Circus. 6. […]

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Mantel to Hugo: 50 essential historical fiction novels

Our latest feature is 50 essential historical fiction novels. This genre has never been bigger. Hilary Mantel has twice won the Booker with historical novels based in Tudor times and Eleanor Catton’s acclaimed novel, The Luminaries, which is set amid in the New Zealand gold rush, has won just about everything in 2013. This feature […]

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Ten tips for reading to young children

Over at The Guardian, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon offers 10 tips to make bedtime reading fun for children. In brief, they are… 1. Start early (as in early in life) 2. You are not too busy to read to your child 3. Get your child a library card 4. Think of all those great books […]

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Lahiri, McCann & Tóibín Lead 2013 Booker Longlist

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed today. The big names in contention are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. Here are the books: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve […]

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30 Great Gatsby covers

Yes, The Great Gatsby is everywhere thanks to Baz and Leo, but F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel never really went away. It’s been published countless times since 1925. Join us on a countdown of 30 Gatsby cover designs – a few great ones, some good ones, and a couple of shockers too.

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