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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1943

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1943.

In 1943 the war continued to rage on, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war was fought as the Battle of Leningrad raged through January, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising takes place, and many of the great atrocities of the Holocaust took place.

Among all that, books were still published and read and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1943, and some that didn’t make the list

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A Peek at Aziraphale’s Bookshop Ahead of Good Omens Adaptation

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Hands up if you’re excited for the Good Omens adaptation? It’s going live on May 31st on Amazon Prime! We can hardly contain our excitement and today we’re being shown around Aziraphale’s bookshop from the adaptation by Neil Gaiman in a fantastic 360 video.

Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!

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The Brilliance of Kathy Acker

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Kathy Acker (18th April, 1947 – 30th November 1997) was an American experimental novelist, playwright, and sex-positive feminist writer who shook up the world with her street punk view of the world and her radical writings.

Born in New York City in 1947, Karen Lehman as she was born grew up feeling unloved by a hostile mother and unwanted by a father who abandoned her. Records show that Acker was born in 1947, but the Library of Congress has her birth as 1948 and most of the obituaries at the time of her death cited her birth as 1944.
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Word of the Day – Rhotic

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Rhotic (adj)

row-tik

Relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English (e.g. in most of the US and south-western England) in which r is pronounced before a consonant (as in hard) and at the ends of words (as in far)

1960s: from Greek rhot-, stem of rho (see rho) + -ic.

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6 Brilliant Suspense Novels by New Authors to Read This April

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The crime and suspense thriller genre is hot property right now thanks to authors like Val McDermid, Gillian Flynn, Karin Slaughter and others. The genre is hot, and as such it’s difficult to break into but today we’re recommending six suspense/crime novels by debut authors that we think are worth your time!

All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!

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Blackwell’s Celebrate 140 Years with 140 Books

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This year, Blackwell’s booksellers celebrates its 140th anniversary and its doing so by choosing 140 books that reflects its mission to “Change lives through reading” and is offering one title for every year since the brand launched in 1879.

The list, created by Blackwell’s booksellers, publishers, authors, and friends of the bookshop will mark an all year celebration of the anniversary of the bookshops.
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The Pulitzer Prize for Literature Winners 2019

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The Pulitzer Prize is less a literature prize and more a prize for the arts, awarding prizes for literature, drama, music, and journalism. As readers, we are of course interested in the literature prizes and as the Pulitzer Prize winners were announced last night, we have those for you now.

The main literature prize this year goes to Richard Powers for his novel, The Overstory, described as “an ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.”

Here’s that and the other Pulitzer Prize winners for literature 2019.
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