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Rowan Jones

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Adaptation of Trevor Noah’s Memoirs

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Oscar winner and Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s bestselling memoirs: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

After its release in 2016 Noah’s memoirs spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.

Nyong’o will play Noah’s mother, Patricia, an important figure during her son’s formative years. She was shot in the head by her partner, Noah’s stepfather, while returning from a church service in 2009, and thankfully survived.

Trevor Noah is producing the project through his production company Ark Angel Productions alongside Lupita Nyong’o and others.

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Hand Drawn Maps Inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

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Amateur cartographer Dan Bell, 25, began his hobby of reimagining British national parks after recreating the Yorkshire Dales in the style of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Tolkien’s maps are recognisable for the font and sketch style of art which Dan has recreated perfectly.

“I like to think the maps allow people to imagine where they live in a Tolkien style.” he told the BBC.

He adds that the maps are “not drawn with accuracy in mind”, and are more an artist’s impression of each area.

He has currently drawn nine out of fifteen parks, including the Lake District, Dartmoor National Park, and the Brecon Beacons. Find his work, and to order your own, at his website. 

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10 Wise Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on the 28th of August 1749 and died on the 22nd of March 1832.

The German writer was best known for his drama Faust, however he was also an accomplished writer, philosopher, and scientist.

He wrote Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) and Theory of Colors (1810), and helped make great strides in natural sciences and inspired fellow scientists for many years after.

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Audiobooks on… Vinyl?

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Author Joe Hill (Strange Weather), has always had a hankering for the rock star life but the life of an author is far from rock and roll. Instead Hill has decided to come up with some other way of creating his own vinyl LP- by recording an audiobook instead of an album!

The vinyl recording will be narrated by actor Nate Corddry, and will feature a special cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded specifically for the record. The Dark Carousel vinyl package will include original artwork (see below), two colourful special edition records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

The first vinyl printing of Hill’s Dark Carousel will be for a limited 2,500 copies, and will be out on the 20th of April.

Keep an eye out here at For Reading Addicts for where to pre-order yours.

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Brand New Beatrix Potter Coins Released in 2018

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The Royal Mint has been creating decorative coins to celebrate Beatrix Potter‘s world of anthropomorphised animals since 2016, and this year they have yet more to release.

Each series of 4 fifty pence pieces includes a Peter Rabbit design – the only character to be included in each separate release. Previous designs have included Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jeremy Fisher, and Tom Kitten.

2018’s collection includes Peter, Flopsy Bunny, The Tailor of Gloucester, and Mrs Tittlemouse.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase Coming Soon

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Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back!

The Hexagonal Phase is arriving in 2018 on BBC Radio 4 for the 40th anniversary of the popular book/radio play/film/television series. The radio play is based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional material by Douglas Adams, and adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs.

And Another Thing… was commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate to mark the 30th anniversary of the first novel. It is set to include unpublished  material by Douglas Adams, sourced from notebooks full of Hitchiker’s notes that have been kept safe in the library at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

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Alice In Wonderland as Illustrated by Salvador Dali

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In 1969 Salvador Dali illustrated Alice in Wonderland and the book was published by Maecenas Press (a division of Random House). Unfortunately the book went out of print and soon became a rare collector’s item.

Thanks to Evertype publishing, and the William Bennett Gallery, Dalí’s psychedelic Alice in Wonderland illustrations are available for us to enjoy once again.

After seeing the Dali artwork, and knowing the adventures of Alice very well, it is like this collaboration was destined to happen. In the book’s introduction Lewis Carrol expert Mark Burstein discusses Dalí’s symbolic and mathematical connections with Carroll, while mathematician Thomas Banchoff explores the mathematics threaded throughout Dalí’s work.

Check out some of the stunning illustrations below and to find a link to purchase your own copy.

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Ten Mistakes Guaranteed to Make a Reader Cringe

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Not every reader is a grammar nerd, or even the best at spelling and punctuation, but we certainly have an advantage over those who do not consume books for pleasure.

We can tell by the comments made on social media by our very own Reading Addicts, that good grammar is very important to them. If a meme or book quote is slightly off-kilter then all Hell can break loose!

We came across these awful mistakes on our weary web travels and knew instantly who would appreciate them (or not!)

See how many of these horrendous mistakes you can get through without scratching your eyes out.

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Ten Favourite Books in One Celebration Cake

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There is something very satisfying about both reading and cake eating and this video covers both bases!

Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.

The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.

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Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ Limited Editions to be Released

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Stephen King’s 1987 psychological thriller is set to be reissued as limited editions with help from artist Rick Berry.

Inspired by moments in his own life where fans have been unhappy with his work- King wrote his protagonist, Paul Sheldon, as a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels. After a nasty car crash the author is rescued by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who takes him to her house and forces him to write a new book in order to modify the story to her own tastes.

The reissue of the novel will be music to King’s fans’ ears, giving them an opportunity to own something truly special.

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