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Authors for Grenfell Tower Fire Charity Auction.

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At around 1a.m. on the 14th of June, 2017, a fire broke out in a residential tower block in West London. It took hold quickly and spread to overwhelm the building.

The entire block of 120 flats in the building were destroyed, despite the efforts of the heroic fire service.

Survivors have lost their homes, and the deaths of the victims is still rising as bodies are slowly being identified.

Authors for Grenfell Tower is an online auction focussed on raising money for the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, in honour of residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Jumanji has Inspired Another Movie Adaptation!

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The 1981 fantasy picture book, Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg has once again inspired the making of a movie.

Originally an illustrated book for children about a couple of siblings who get caught up in a magical board game, the adaptations take it so much further and expand the story wonderfully.

The newest Jumanji film is said to be a continuation of the 1995 film version, and many fans of the original book, and its film adaptation, are very excited for its release in December 2017.

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10 Great Salman Rushdie Quotes

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The British Indian novelist and essayist, Sir Salman Rushdie, was born on the 19th of June in 1947

He won the Booker Prize in 1981 with his second novel, Midnight’s Children, which was said to be “the best novel of all winners”. Generally his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent and combines historical fiction and magical realism.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses was published in 1988 and was the subject of a major controversy in Muslim societies. Many Muslims protested the book and death threats were made against Rushdie.

His works remain as popular, and as controversial, today and we cannot deny his quotes have depth and wisdom to them.  Read More

5 Inspiring Amelia Earheart Books

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American aviation pioneer, Amelia Earheart, was born July 24th 1897 and disappeared July 2nd 1937. Her story captured many hearts and minds, and inspired a great deal of speculation surrounding her disappearance.

On June 17th, in 1928, Amelia left Newfoundland to become the first female passenger to fly Atlantic. She was also the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.

Even nearly a century later, she still inspires and is admired, the whole world over.

Here are 5 of the best books about her available today…

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Books Inspired by Netflix Series Black Mirror to be Published!

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Charlie Brooker is proving to be a very busy man as of late. His science fiction series Black Mirror was first released on British television in 2011, then bought by Netflix in 2016. The latest news is that the series has now inspired a range of books.

The original production company, Endemol, described the series as: “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”.

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Che Guevara’s Reading List

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

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15 Quotes from the Witty Dorothy L. Sayers.

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Dorothy L. Sayers (13th of June 1893 to 17th of December 1957) was an English playwright, crime fiction writer, and poet. She is famous for her series of mystery novels set between the two world wars featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, an amateur sleuth/aristocrat.

Her wisdom and way with words also awarded her a place in advertising. The famous Guinness brand hired her for their promotions in the 20th century. Sayers’ jingle was added to the bottom of the now-famous Guinness toucan advertisement.

 

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7 Books To Read If You Like Master of None

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If you haven’t seen Master of None, the American comedy-drama series on Netflix, then you must do so immediately.

Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, it stars Aziz as a character named Dev Shah. Dev is a 30-year-old actor living in New York City with his friends Arnold, Brian, and Denise. Each episode guides us through Dev’s daily life and his professional, romantic, and cultural experiences.

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Fake Book Titles Part 1.

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A while back we asked you to come up with some punny, funny fake book titles, and you did not disappoint!

Our resident memestress Rosie put her editing skills to the test by mocking up a select few of the best you had to offer. There were so many hilarious ideas that we will have to split them into a couple of blogs for you to enjoy…

Here is part one of our Reading Addicts’ best, punniest, fake book titles.

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