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Muggles Grow Impatient for the Launch of Wizards Unite

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Since the Autumn of 2016 there has been talk about a Pokemon Go style game coming for Harry Potter fans. The initial announcement turned out to be a hopeful fan with a bit of creative flair but by November 2017, Niantic, and Warner Bros announced that there was indeed a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go in the works, it would be called Wizards Unite and it would be coming soon.

In November 2018, a whole year on, a teaser trailer for the game was released with a promise that it was coming soon, but ~tumbleweed~ we’ve heard nothing since. Read More

Word of the Day – Comestible

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Comestible (noun) (archaic) (humorous)

kom-est-ibl

An item of food

Late 15th century: from Old French, from medieval Latin comestibilis, from Latin comest- ‘eaten up’, from the verb comedere, from com- ‘altogether’ + edere ‘eat’.

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The Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize Shortlist is Announced

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The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation was created to celebrate the love of adventure writing. Named after and supported by the author, Wilbur Smith. Wilbur and Niso have travelled together through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and in every country have found storytellers weaving tales of adventure.

The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, created in 2015 opens a space for these writers, reaches out to them, and awards an annual prize for adventure writing. The shortlist for the Best Published Novel in adventure writing for 2019 has been released and we have that for you now!

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Word of the Day – Tumescent

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Tumescent (adj)

toom-es-unt

Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal.

(especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious.

Mid 19th century: from Latin tumescent- ‘beginning to swell’, from the verb tumescere, from tumere ‘to swell’.

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Michael Wolff Pens Explosive Fire and Fury Sequel

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It’s a little over a year since Michael Wolff released Fire and Fury, a look at Trump’s presidency after Wolff got exclusive access to the White House. The book was released early under a furore of controversy and a cease and desist notice and went on to become one of the best selling books of 2018.

Now Wolff has announced a sequel, a look at Trump’s second year in power with Seige: Trump Under Fire to be released on June 4th of this year. The book will be published in the US by Henry Holt, and by Little, Brown in the UK.

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1946

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, though it may be a while before we’ve covered the whole hundred years!

We’re covering each year at a time and we’re now well into the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1946.

In 1946 with the war finally over, the Nuremberg trials began, the first car phones appeared in the US (yes, really!) and the bikini made its first appearance on the catwalk.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1946, and some that didn’t make the list Read More

Disney Creates Special Pooh Animation to Celebrate the Birth of Royal Baby, Archie

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The UK has been celebrating this month as Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their new baby. Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26am on Monday 6th May and to celebrate, Disney has created a unique gift for the family.

To celebrate the birth of the latest Royal baby, Disney has created this short watercolour animation featuring Winnie the Pooh. It’s absolutely adorable, enjoy!
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The Winner of the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 is Announced

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A few weeks ago we brought you the shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize. The Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives and this year is the sixth year for the award. The Oscar’s Book Prize was created in honour of Oscar Ashton who passed away in 2012 aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition and searches for stories that Oscar would have loved.

The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More