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Thom Peart

HBO Currently Developing Watchmen TV Series

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Watchmen was a comic series that began its run in 1986 and followed a group of flawed vigilantes as they struggled combat evil in a gritty alternative version of New York. After finishing its run in 1987, the comics were compiled into a graphic novel which has since become widely regarded as one of the most important graphic novels of al time, Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the story subverts comic book genres rules in a variety of ways and shows comics are by no means just for kids.

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Barack Obama to Pen Foreword for Upcoming Book Written by Former White House Photographer

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Former White House photographer, Pete Souza, captured some of the most iconic images of the Obama administration and many of his photographs have been seen by million across the globe. Souza is currently working on a book called Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which will give readers a look at some of the more private moments of Obama’s time as President. Read More

Lost Dictionary of Slang Written by Anthony Burgess Discovered

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Writer Anthony Burgess is best known for his modern classic novel A Clockwork Orange, which centres around a gang who engages in ultra violence whilst speaking in a Russian-influenced style of slang invented by Burgess called ‘Nadsat’. Burgess was fascinated by slang and, over 50 years ago, began writing a slang dictionary, which was thought lost but has now been rediscovered. Read More

Bob Dylan Finally Delivered his Nobel Lecture and you can listen to it

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In late 2016, it was announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His winning of the award caused a slight stir among some bibliophiles whilst others argued his soulful lyrics were worthy of such a prize. Things were further complicated when it was revealed that Dylan had ignored the academy’s attempts to contact him. Read More

Beren and Lúthien Finally Published 100 Years After Its Conception

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Last year it was announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien would be published on the 100th anniversary it originally being penned by Tolkien. The story was first published as part of The History of Middle-Earth but is now available as a stand alone book with beautiful illustrations.

As we reported, the tale of Beren and Lúthien is very personal to Tolkien as he based the two lovers upon himself and his wife. Indeed, their grave bears the names Beren and Lúthien. Tolkien apparently first conceived the story shortly after returning home after the Battle of the Somme. In the Winter of 1916, Tolkien spent his time convalescing from the horrors he’d seen. Read More

10 Literary Badasses You’d Want Backing You up in a Bar Fight

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Picture the scene: You’re in a quiet pub or bar, catching up with your friends and telling one another about the latest books you’ve been reading. Suddenly a group of rowdy drunkards come over and start hassling you. Being the good natured bibliophile you are, you try to politely brush them off, but they’re just not getting the hint. Suddenly the unthinkable happens. One of the goons picks up a book from your bag, creases the spine and then, to your horror, tears out a page. Patrons rush to leave the bar as fast as they can as you flip the table and snatch your book back. It’s only then that the thugs realise your friends happen to be 10 of the most badass characters from fiction. As fisticuffs ensue, you feel reassured to know you’re being covered by the following tough cookies…

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Turkish Police Confiscate Thousands of Books During a Raid of Belge Publishing

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It has been reported that the Turkish police have raided the prominent publishing house Belge Publishing in Istanbul and have confiscated over 2,000 books. Belge Publishing was established 40 years ago by the writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife Aysenur Zarakolu, who was a human rights activist known for publishing controversial and critical books. Read More