Huge Response to Newham Bookshop Appeal for Grenfell Tower Victims

By June 15, 2017Bookshops, News

Yesterday saw one of the worst residential catastrophes in living history in London, as a tower block housing 600 residents was devastated by fire as they slept, leaving scores dead and many homeless. Seventeen people are confirmed dead but there could be more than a hundred people still missing and hundreds left homeless.

It’s an unbelievable tragedy and this morning, a London bookshop put out an appeal to raise funds for the victims. Newham bookshop’s owner Vivian Archer tweeted from the bookshop’s Twitter account early this morning appealing for items for a charity raffle for the victims and the response has been phenomenal.

 

We immediately retweeted the request from the For Reading Addicts Twitter page, and it’s grown and grown since then with many donations throughout the day including a SIGNED copy of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run.

The tickets will go on sale tonight at the bookshop in Newham where visitors will be charged £5 each for a strip of raffle tickets at the event with Mark Thomas who will be there discussing his book The Liar’s Quarter. The instant response has been overwhelming and due to this Newham Books will be selling raffle tickets until next week to raise as much as possible. All the money from the raffle will go to helping victims of the Grenfell Fire disaster.

If you’d like to know more, ask Newham Books on Twitter or head to newhambooks.co.uk

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

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Harry Potter Prequel Voldemort: Origins of the Heir Takes Fan-Fic to the Big Screen

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When we stumbled upon the Facebook page for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir this week we assumed it was the build up for the second Fantastic Beasts film. Rowling has already confirmed that the series will encompass the fight between Grindenwald and Dumbledore, expanding on much of the back-story for the book. However, further research tells us that this new Voldemort prequel isn’t part of the franchise at all, it’s actually fan-fiction and the first trailer is out! Read More

Honouring Douglas Adams with Towel Day on the 25th of May!

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Happy Towel Day, Reading Addicts!

In case you didn’t know, Towel Day is a celebration that happens every year on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams who died in May, 2001.

On this day, fans around the universe honour him by carrying a towel, reading his novels, and generally spreading the word about the great man.

Fans of Adams’ work, and in particular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, started this celebration 2 weeks after Douglas died in 2001, and since then many of us have been honouring him in our own ways…

An Italian Orchestra- the Magister Espresso Orchestra– produced this beautiful video as a tribute to Adams, for Towel Day.

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Ruskin Bond the Hip Hop Nature Boy

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Ruskin Bond was born on the 19th of May 1934 in Kasauli, and over the years lived in both the UK and all over India. His works have been influenced by his early life living at the foothills of the Himalayas.

His first novel, The Room On the Roof, was written when he was 17 and was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in a small rented room on a roof.

His first children’s book was The Angry River, published in 1972. On writing for children, Ruskin said, “I had a pretty lonely childhood and it helps me to understand a child better.”

Ruskin has written a series of autobiographical work: Rain in the Mountains, about his years spent in Mussoorie; Scenes from a Writer’s Life based on his life up until he was 21, and Scenes from a Writer’s Life focuses on his English adventures.

“It also tells a lot about my parents”, he says, “The book ends with the publication of my first novel and my decision to make writing my livelihood…Basically, it describes how I became a writer”.

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New Adaptation for ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Due for Release and the Trailer is Dark

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Fox Searchlight Pictures is due to release a brand new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel of the same name and its due for release in just a couple of weeks. My Cousin Rachel might not be as well known as Rebecca but it shouldn’t be overlooked, it offers the same Gothic foreboding du Maurier is well known for and the trailer looks amazing! Read More

New Adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express Coming

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Agatha Christie remains one of the best selling authors in the world, more than forty years after her death, and her thrilling mysteries have been adapted many times for screen and stage. In 1974 Murder on the Orient Express was adapted for movie, and this year it’s being remade by 20th Century Fox with release planned later this year.

The new screenplay is written by Michael Green and is based on the 1934 novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh will be directed and it’s thought filming is well underway for the Hercule Poirot mystery. Read More



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