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Rowan Jones

Get Closer To Dame Agatha Christie…

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English crime novelist, Agatha Christie, was born in the Devon seaside town of Torquay in 1890. Set in what is often called The English Riviera, Torquay boasts a multitude of Agatha Christie themed events and places of interest.

Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels surrounding fictional detectives Poirot and Miss Marple, with tours around Torquay and South Devon offering fans the chance to walk in the famous author’s footsteps.

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6 Books Sean Spicer Should Have Read

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Sean Spicer was an American political aide who served as White House Press Secretary and White House Communications Director under President Donald Trump in 2017.

After an organisational shake-up, Spicer resigned, citing his disappointment in a recent appointment of a new communications director. President Trump appointed Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci in the role Spicer had partially filled himself.

 

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Guggenheim Releases Over 200 Downloadable Art Books

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An online catalogue of over 200 art books has been released by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and all are free to download for the art-loving public. Art lovers from around the world are given the opportunity to freely download art books on great creative minds such as Klimt, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Rothko, and Kandinsky, among many others. A broad range of artistic forms and expressions are available to discover from classic sculpture to futurism, and beyond!

The archive website states:

“As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum’s Publications Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections.”

Art is a wonderful thing to be able to share and we hope you take some time to visit the website and find something that inspires you. Meanwhile, have a peek at some of the gorgeous art book covers below to see what is available to download…

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Harry Potter

Iconic Albums Reimagined With a Harry Potter Twist…

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MTV, with the help of The Old Red Jalopy Shophave created these odd-but-imaginative recreations of iconic albums with a Harry Potter twist.

Unfortunately the MTV website no longer shows the images but we have managed to grab them and pop them together here before they left the internet. We’d hate for you to miss out on this Harry Potter inspired treat.

Take a gander at these beauties and let us know what you think!

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Flirting Lessons from Shakespeare, the Romantic Bard

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Have you ever wanted to woo someone and simultaneously show how cultured you are?

Is the object of your affection a big Shakespeare fan, or with a penchant for all things Elizabethan?

Look no further than these flirty lines from the ultimate romantic: William Shakespeare. Our bard offers some of the best lessons in flirting…

Here are ten of his greatest lines, guaranteed to help you find love*.

(*Disclaimer: we may be exaggerating…)

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25 GIFs Only Reading Addicts Will Appreciate

By | Inspired by Literature, Reading Habits | No Comments
We know how much you love to laugh so we have created 25 GIFs especially for our Reading Addicts.

Some will produce a wry smile, others will make you shout “I KNOW, RIGHT?!” and many will make you laugh out loud. They are of varying sizes and themes but all will tickle you in some way or other.

We hope you will find a GIF for every bookish eventuality: if not let us know what we have missed and we shall endeavour to produce more funnies for you!

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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes by William Makepeace Thackeray

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William Makepeace Thackeray was a 19th century writer and poet known particularly for his satirical works of the time. He was born on the 18th of July in 1811 and died on Christmas Eve in 1863 after suffering a stroke aged just 52.

He was best known for his work Vanity Fair which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley  during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Thackeray worked often under a pseudonym as his work attacked the rich and powerful, and satirised early 19th-century British society.

His work is considered second only to Charles Dickens (depending on who you ask), and like Dickens his way with words is thought-provoking and full of wit.

Here are 15 of our favourite quotes taken from his many pieces of work…

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Your Stunning Literary Tattoos.

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Tattoos are a huge part of our culture now, and everyone from your doctor to your grandmother can get themselves inked. They are no longer a sign of a bad-boy type, nor do they stand in the way of someone getting that high-powered job they are after. Even our very own Reading Addicts have had themselves permanently adorned with pictures and quotes inspired by their favourite books and authors.

A while back we featured a picture of one of the best character-inspired tattoos we have ever seen. It prompted many of you to tell us about ones you had seen, and even ones you had had done yourself.

We asked you to send an email to forreadingaddicts@yahoo.com with pictures of your very own literary tattoos, and you did not disappoint!

Here are your stunning tattoos inspired by your favourite books…

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Shirley Hughes’ Top 5 Best Selling Books

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Shirley Hughes is a British author and illustrator best known for her Alfie and Annie Rose series. Born on the 16th of July in 1927, she has written over fifty books and has illustrated more than two hundred. As a best selling author she has managed to sell more than 11.5 million copies, winning a multitude of literature and illustration awards.

For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.

Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.

Happy reading!

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