Handmaids Hit London to Mark Series Finale

The brand new adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale has been spectacular viewing, and to mark the season finale in the UK, handmaids have been spotted on London’s streets this week (28th July).

Six handmaids walked through the centre of London on Friday, clad in the trademark handmaid’s red cloak and white bonnet, and they caused quite the stir. The stunt, organised by Vintage, the novel’s UK publisher came two days before the season finale aired on Channel 4 last Sunday at 10pm, bringing an end to what has been a dramatic adaptation.

The speculative fiction novel was first released in 1985 but shot to the top of the bestsellers list upon the election of Donald Trump as US President. Hulu capitalised on this, adapting the novel for a dramatic series starring Elisabeth Moss, and sales of the book are up over 900% this year thanks to it with the book remaining at the top of the bestsellers list even now.

The novel has never really fallen from popularity since its release with Atwood herself insisting it’s genred as speculative rather than fantasy fiction. For years it’s been a staple of curriculum text in the UK, studied by both GCSE and A Level students.

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Wrong Hands: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Classic Novels

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John Atkinson of Wrong Hands comic illustrations has come up with another funny look at classic novels. His ‘Classic Novel Spoilers’ was previously featured on For Reading Addicts, and proved so popular he has another hilarious collection of literary-inspired drawings.

From Lord of the Flies to Moby Dick, 1984 to Wuthering Heights, Wrong Hands explains each book in succinct and humorous fashion!

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Explore ‘The Sinking City’, a video game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

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It may surprise you to learn that many video games released over the years have been inspired by books. The Witcher games are based upon the Polish fantasy series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, Spec Ops: The Line is a modern retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and BioShock takes cues from the likes of Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley.

Those of you who enjoy video games and books will want to check out The Sinking City, an upcoming game from Frogwares. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, The Sinking City sees players exploring an open city where things aren’t all they seem. Read More

3 Book Girls is the most inappropriate book club you never knew you were missing!

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Generally book clubs consist of a group of middle aged soccer moms drinking wine and reviewing the latest literary fad, all while holding back nasty comments about eachother. Our podcast is called 3 Book Girls, and it’s the opposite of this, except occasionally the wine. We are “the most inappropriate book club you never knew you were missing!” Read More

Kate Bush Pays a Second Tribute to Emily Brontë

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Kate Bush is an English singer–songwriter, dancer, and producer. She pirouetted into our lives in 1978 when she was just 19 years old, topping the UK charts for four weeks with her self-written debut single Wuthering Heights (check out her video below). With that successful single Bush became the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a song she had written herself.

Wuthering Heights is based on the classic novel of the same, although Bush was actually inspired to write the song after watching a 1967 BBC mini-series adaptation of Emily Brontë. She was instantly hooked and straight away read the book, discovering that she shared her birthday (30th of July) with that particular Brontë. Serendipity!

This year, Kate Bush, along with other artists, has been commissioned to create another tribute to the Wuthering Heights author by providing words for a permanent art installation on the ‘wiley, windy moors‘ that inspired the famous tale.

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Love on the Rocks Story Rocks are Super Cute

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Love on the Rocks is a recent craze to hit the UK (and the world) where people paint rocks in patterns or art, and hide them around the place for others to find and rehide. There are Facebook groups dedicated to the practice and while it was popular in the US, and Australia last year it’s only just hit the UK. This week we found a picture of a ‘Room on the Broom’ story rock and upon sharing it on our Facebook page the artist came forward.  Read More



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