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10 George Orwell Quotes on Power and Politics

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George Orwell (25th June 1903 – 21st January 1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and social commentator. His works deal with themes of social injustice, totalitarianism and he was an outspoken supporter of democratic socialism.

Much of his work centred around politics and his influence so great he gave us the word ‘Orwellian’ to describe something totalitarian or overly authoritarian, and many of his neologisms such as Cold War, Big Brother, Room 101, Memory Hole, Thought Police and others are part of every day language today. Read More

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Nielsen Bestseller Hall of Fame to add Rowling, Donaldson and James

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For 18 years now Nielsen Book has been tracking book sales and creating a yearly Hall of Fame featuring authors who have reached platinum sales records. The official ‘Class of 2016’ will be announced at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards Ceremony in late January but we hear today that J. K Rowling, Julia Donaldson, and E. L James have made it into the Hall of Fame. Read More

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Obama Names the Books of His Presidency

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As Obama’s eight-year presidency comes to an end we’re seeing quite a bit from the whole family as in one way or another, they sum up the last eight years. One thing that we note about Obama’s presidency is that he’s released reading lists, and we do love a reader.

And now Obama has chatted with the New York Times about how being a reader has shaped his presidency, the books he’s read and loved while he’s been in office and his relationship with books as a reader. He even goes so far as to say that books are his secret to surviving the White House years. Read More

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British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain Publishes First Novel

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No one had heard of Nadiya Hussain until she won the Great British Bake Off last year, and since then she’s been taken to the nation’s heart with her own television show, and now a debut novel!

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters was published today and is available now, and follows the story of three sisters of Bangladeshi heritage who live in a small village in England. Writing novels is a far cry from baking but the novel sounds like an interesting reflection of modern British life and is likely to be a best seller. Read More