Roots Author Alex Haley Talks of the Horrors of Slavery

By August 11, 2018 Authors, Video

Alex Haley (August 11th, 1921 – February 10th, 1992) was an American author, best known for his 1976 Pulitzer Prize winning book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, adapted to a series a year later in 1977.

While a fantastic story, Roots was not without controversy and its release was marred by accusations of plagiarism (proven to be partly true), and doubts cast on the authenticity of the family ties. Today the book is accepted to be a work of fiction, and controversy aside is still a worthy read with an important message.




Alex Haley is no longer with us, but from the archives we have this interview with the author from 1977 where he talks of slavery and the horrors of that time.

David Walliams would “safeguard libraries” if he was in charge.

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David Walliams, comedian and best selling children’s author, would demand the ‘safeguarding’ of libraries if he was Prime Minister for the day.

During an interview with Radio Times magazine, Walliams described how important libraries can be, and how they influenced his own life. As a father to a five-year-old son, Walliams also finds that moments of sharing a book with your child are key to developing their reading skills.

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8 Hanif Kureishi Quotes fit for a Buddha

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Hanif Kureishi (5th December 1954) is a British novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker of Pakistani and English descent. He’s written many novels and short story collections, but is maybe best known for the Buddha of Suburbia, his first novel, which was also adapted as a four part mini-series of the same name.

Born in Bromley South London to a Pakistani father and an English mother, His father harboured dreams of writing but his ambitions were never realised. In contrast, his son Hanif is considered to be one of the greatest British writers and actually made the Times list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Read More

Winner of the Bad Sex Award is announced!

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The Bad Sex Award nominees will have to wait no longer to see if they are winners of the tongue-in-cheek literary prize.

The all-male group nominated for their strange or gross depictions of sex included Gerard Woodward, William Wall, James Frey, and a particularly rapey scene written by Haruki Murakami (dude, gross, don’t do that).

The winner was announced at a lavish ceremony hosted by retro pop star Kim Wilde at the In & Out (Naval & Military) Club in London.

James Frey and his book Katerina won with his awkward and cringe-worthy passage describing… Well, you know.

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Margaret Atwood is Writing Handmaid’s Tale Sequel and We’re Screaming With Excitement

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I can’t believe I am actually typing this but thirty-three years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale and on the back of the hugely successful television series, Margaret Atwood has confirmed that she is writing a sequel!

The author announced the news on Twitter today and gave some information about the upcoming book, which is to be called The Testaments. Here’s what she said:

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John Boyne Chooses His Favourite Reads of 2018

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During an event for Birmingham Literature Festival with John Boyne, he explained that he reads around 120 books a year and believes it is a key part of being a writer. The books he reads each year include many published that year. As Christmas fast approaches, Boyne has taken to Twitter to treated us all to his pick of the best books published in 2018 that he has read this year. In no particular order, these are the book Boyne recommends:
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The World’s Highest Paid Authors

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Have you ever wondered how much your favourite authors are paid, compared say to how much you are paid? Well Wordery.com have created a tool that allows you to compare your wages with the highest paid authors in the world.

The team has researched the world’s highest paid authors and this tool allows you to see how long it takes the five highest paid authors to what you earn. The research is interesting and found that:

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