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Thom Peart

Historians Claim Best-Selling WWII Book ‘Through German Eyes’ Is a Fake

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Released in November of 2016, D-Day Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 has become one of the best-selling WWII books on Amazon and claims to include never before recorded interviews with veterans who fought in the Normandy landings. The book was written by author Holger Eckhertz, who claims he obtained the information via research done by his grandfather, Dieter Eckhertz, who was a journalist in the 1950’s. However, a number of historians have since claimed many of the accounts the book gives appear to be fabricated, with many of the soldiers being made up.

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Folio Society Announces ‘Lavish’ Game of Thrones Book

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The Folio Society is know for publishing beautiful, limited edition versions of classic books, all made from high quality materials that means they’ll look great on your shelf. If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, then you’ll be intrigued to learn that Folio has just announced a very exclusive publication of the series’ first book A Game of Thrones.

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BBC Announces Virtual Reality Tours Across UK Libraries

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The BBC has announced that it will be launching virtual reality (VR) experiences free of charge in libraries across the UK for those who want to try out VR technology. These experiences will come in the form of short demos which will allow users to experience the technology with a number of demonstrations, from a documentary set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to a reconstruction of being onboard a Lancaster bomber during an air raid on Berlin during the Second World War.

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Grazia UK and Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces Annual ‘First Chapter’ Competition

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Grazia UK has once again teamed up with the Women’s Prize for Fiction to host the annual First Chapter competition. This is the chance for female writers to kick-start their writing careers and to give their writing some exposure. Each year,  the compensation has a well known author write an opening paragraph of a story, and then it’s up to those who enter to write what happens next.

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George R.R. Martin Debunks Claims He’s Finished Final Game of Thrones Books

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With the final season of Game of Thrones reaching its climax, much speculation has been abound regarding the status of the final two books in the series, which author George R.R. Martin is still working on. Excitement reached breaking point when it was reported that Martin had apparently finished both of the books, but was waiting for the show to finish before publishing them. This, Martin has since confirmed, is completely false.

 

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Discover How WHSmith’s ‘Yellowbacks’ Brought Reading to the Masses

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In the late 1800’s literacy was spreading through all classes of British society, and reading was fast becoming one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. However, enjoying a good book wasn’t as easy back then as it is today. Firstly, mass produced paperbacks were yet to become commonplace, and many books still came in the form of great leather bound tomes, hardly the sort of thing you could take on the go. Secondly, even if you were prepared to work out your arms by carrying such a book around, they were too expensive for the average person to buy regularly. Luckily for the bookworms of the day, the Yellowbacks were on hand.

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Dave Chappelle to Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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American stand up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Dave Chappelle is set to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Chappelle, who’s well known for his sketch series Chappelle’s Show, his stand up comedy, and appearing in hit movies such as A Star is Born, will be awarded the prize at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 27.

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HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Official Trailer Released

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In 1986, the first issue of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen was released. Now considered one of the finest graphic novels ever published, Watchmen takes a gritty look at what the world might be like if masked vigilantes prowled the streets. The comic’s popularity has only increased over the years and a film adaptation was released in 2009. Those of you who love Moore’s dark take on the superhero genre will be pleased to learn that HBO is currently developing a TV show based on the comic, and the first official trailer has just been released.

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