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Discovery of 100-year-old Notebook Inspires Debut Novel

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All writers get their inspiration from somewhere and now the discovery of a hundred year old gardener’s notebook at the National Trust’s Ickworth House in Suffolk has inspired The Garden of Found and Lost, a debut tween novel to be released next summer.

The novel by Ann-Marie Howell is set in 1916 and is about a 12-year-old girl called Clara, who is sent to stay with her Aunt and Uncle at Gardener’s Cottage in the grounds of a sprawling country estate. Clara is soon to discover all the secrets the grounds hold including a locked room, a hidden key and a boy who only appears after dark.
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Word of the Day – Gerundive

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Gerundive (noun) (grammar)


A form of a Latin verb, ending in -ndus (declinable) and functioning as an adjective meaning ‘that should or must be done’.

Middle English (in the sense ‘gerund’): from late Latin gerundivus (modus) ‘gerundive (mood)’, from gerundium (see gerund).

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Shakespeare’s Queens to Feature in New Trilogy

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Over the years we’ve seen many Shakespeare retellings hit the shelves and later this year sees the release of Blood Queen, the first book in a new trilogy featuring Shakespeare’s Queens by Joanna Courtney.

Blood Queen will be released later this year and will tell the story of Lady Macbeth and will be the first book in a series on the queens made famous by the Bard.

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New Book Coming from Tour de France Winner Geraint Thomas

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It’s been quite the week here in the Welsh capital as we celebrate the success of Geraint Thomas, the first ever Welsh Tour de France winner. Thomas has become a household name in less than a week and now he’s releasing a new book with Quercus for The Tour According to G.

Thomas, who is affectionately known as “G” will tell his story about how he came to Tour de France success, a tale of broken bones, crashes and bad luck that ended with glory in France in July. Quercus publishing says that The Tour According to G is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heart-warming tales in sport and the narrative will be filled with Thomas’ words and insight into the race and the key characters that surround him.

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Nobel Prize Winning Author VS Naipaul Dies

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Novelist VS Naipaul has died peacefully at home in London just a few days before his 86th birthday. The Nobel Prize winning author of more than thirty books including A Bend in the River and A House for Mr Biswas was born in rural Trinidad in 1932 and went on to become a key figure in British literary heritage.

Sir VS Naipaul had been in ill health for a while and published his final work, the nonfiction The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief in 2010. Today the literary world is in shock. Here are some of the tributes on Twitter today.

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