Word of the Day – Yashmak

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Yashmak (noun) yash-mak A veil concealing all of the face except the eyes, worn by some Muslim women in public. Mid 19th century via Arabic from Turkish. (more…)

Literary News

Robert Browning forgets own verses in first poem ever recorded

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Robert Browning is said to be the first poet to have his poem recorded onto wax cylinder by Thomas Edison, only to forget the verses in How They Brought the…

The Dark Tower TV Series Cancelled by Amazon

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Amazon Studios have cancelled the TV show adaptation of The Dark Tower by Stephen King. The series was planned back in 2019, with hopes to put the focus on Roland…

Lee Child To Collaborate with Brother on Future Jack Reacher Books

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Thriller writer Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher will collaborate with his younger brother Andrew for future instalments of the series. The first book in the collaboration is The Sentinel,…

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Lee Child To Collaborate with Brother on Future Jack Reacher Books

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Thriller writer Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher will collaborate with his younger brother Andrew for future instalments of the series. The first book in the collaboration is The Sentinel,…

Pope Benedict XVI co-authors church crisis book with Cardinal

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah have co-authored a book on the crisis in the Church. The book's subject "is not just about priestly celibacy, important as that…

8 Heartwarming Books to Chase Away the January Blues

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Does anyone else feel as though January has already been 740 days long? Not just me then, and the dark nights, dark mornings and rainy days here in the UK…

Reading Lists and Recommendations

10 Books Featuring Realistic Female Protagonists With Fully Formed Characters

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Since the first novel was ever published, men have been shown in books in all their glory with every part of their character examined and imagined. From Darcy to Fagin,…

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1988

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re more than half way through the 80s now and today we're bringing you the…

Read Around the World: Qatar to Scotland

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We’re around three quarters of the way through our blog series now, storming through the world alphabetically as we read around the world, featuring a book from every country in…

Inspired by Literature

This Gothic Poe Themed Coffeehouse in Michigan is a Literary Dream

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The Raven Café in Port Huron, Michigan isn’t just any old coffee house. Named after Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous creation, this gothic themed coffee house is a little Poe,…

The Largest Ever Harry Potter Store is Opening in Manhattan and it’s Visible to Muggles!

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The Roaring Twenties may be upon us but there has been no sign of any magical creatures yet, but all that may be about to change this summer! We’re preparing…

Fantastic Beasts Exhibition Coming to London’s Natural History Museum

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If you're a Harry Potter fan who spends too much time imagining what life would be like were you to live in a world where magic is real, then you'll…

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Quiz! Keywords – E – England

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A new series for a new year. Working through the alphabet each quiz is based around a keyword (or its derivatives) found in a book title or a literary quote.…

Quiz! Keywords – D – Dream

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A new series for a new year. Working through the alphabet each quiz is based around a keyword (or its derivatives) found in a book title or a literary quote.…
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