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Thom Peart

Christopher Tolkien Steps down as Director of the Tolkien Estate

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Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien has for many years worked as the director for the Tolkien estate, managing the literary giant that is the world of Middle-Earth. Christopher has edited and published many of his father’s unfinished works and has continued to tend to the world his father built. However, as theonering.net reports, at the age of 93, Christopher has announced that he is stepping down from his role. Read More

Amazon Reveals the Most Read Kindle Books of All Time

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To celebrate the Kindle’s 10th birthday, Amazon has released new information from the Amazon charts which shows off which books, both fiction and non-fiction, are the top 10 best-selling Kindle books of all time. Many of the fiction entries won’t surprise you, but some of the non-fiction top sellers show Kindle readers have a wide variety of interests, from autobiographies to historic reads. Read More

Study Suggests Adult Colouring Books May Improve Mental Health

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Colouring books for adults have become hugely popular of late and many adults have been sharpening their colouring pencils and doing their best to stay within the lines. Not only is colouring a relaxing way to pass the time, a recent study from New Zealand has found that colouring could help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Psychology researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that doing some colouring-in for as little as ten minutes a day can see a notable increase in an individual’s mental health. The study was published in the Creativity Research Journal and has shown that a bit of colouring-in can be a cheap but effective way to help boost one’s mental health. Read More

Final Paddington Bear Adventure to Be Published on the Anniversary of His Creator’s Death

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Michael Bond, the creator of the beloved Paddington Bear, sadly passed away earlier this year on 27 June at the age of 91. On the first anniversary of his death, Paddington’s last outing, which Bond was working on shortly before his passing, will be published.

“He was working on it very shortly before he died,” said Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel. “It hadn’t been illustrated, but it was there in manuscript form, and it’s lovely … He kept that magic touch right until the end. He always had to be writing, it was always his way, right through his life.” Read More

Alan Moore Clashes with Northampton Council over Potential Library Closures

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Famed comic book writer, Alan Moore, best known for his work on Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, has found himself battling against the Northampton council following the council’s plans to close local libraries. Moore has even gone as far as to threaten to halt filming on a TV project he’s working on that would have been filmed in Northampton. Read More

Amazon Celebrates the Kindle’s 10th Birthday by Having a Big Sale

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of Amazon’s e-reader the Kindle. The Kindle was very well received by consumers upon its launch and now the device is the go to e-reader for all bibliophiles who have run out of shelf space. Whilst the Kindle’s actual tenth birthday will be November 19th, Amazon is celebrating the milestone a little early by discounting several types of Kindle devices by $30. Read More