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6 Books that Offer Insight into The Troubles

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Ireland has a long and beautiful history, but much of it has been marked with fighting for an independent Ireland. The Irish War for Independence run from 1919 to 1921 but the Irish Republic Army would continue for much of the 20th century, culminating in The Troubles in Northern Ireland during the latter half of the 20th century.

Northern Ireland and the UK now celebrate tentative success in a peace agreement, but the history of the struggle from both sides is a fascinating one. Northern Irish and British readers of a certain age will well remember the fear and news of the time, marred by many atrocities.

If you’re looking for a better understanding of this time in Ireland’s history then we have ten books that offer an insight into this time, some fiction, some nonfiction, but all fascinating and highly recommended.

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Inspector Morse Author, Colin Dexter Dies

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Today we hear the sad news that Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse books has died peacefully at home aged 86. A statement from his publisher today stated that “With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning.”

The author wrote thirteen Morse novels between 1975 and 1999, which were adapted for television to great success. The show saw John Thaw in the lead role and was one of the most successful and longest running ITV dramas of all time. Read More

10 of My Favourite Lines from Poetry

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Poetry is so subjective and that’s because it speaks to the heart, and each of us will have our favourite poems and verses that seem to speak to us personally and that’s what makes poetry so magical.

Today I thought I’d share mine, the verses I believe are the most beautiful lines from poetry but I’d love to hear yours too. Let us know what your favourite lines from poetry are in the comments. Read More

Michael Morpurgo to Publish Retelling of the Wizard of Oz

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Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz on Pre-order Now

HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry. Read More