Author Judith Kerr dies, aged 95

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The author, Judith Kerr, best known for her children’s story The Tiger Who Came to Tea has died, aged 95 according to a statement from HarperCollins today. Kerr was considered to be one of Britain’s most successful children’s authors and was still producing stories and illustrations well into her 90s.

A skilled illustrator, and the ability to see the world from a children’s perspective made Judith Kerr one of the most talented children’s writers the world has ever seen. From the Tiger Who Came to Tea, to the Mog the Cat stories, Kerr had a way of talking to children and passing on important messages.

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The Life of Dorothy Hewett, Feminist Poet, Novelist and Playwright

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Dorothy Hewett (May 21st, 1923 – August 25th 2002) was an Australian poet, novelist and playwright known for her feminist writings. Considered one of Australia’s best-loved and respected writers, Hewett published many poetry collections, plays and novels, a lifetime’s work that earned her the accolade ‘The Order of Australia”.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Hewett was raised on a sheep and wheat farm. She was initially home educated before attending Perth College, aged 15. While the college was run by Anglican nuns, Hewett was an atheist and remained so her entire life.

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8 Armistead Maupin Quotes that are Straight from the City

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Armistead Maupin (13th May 1944) is an American writer best known for his Tales of the City, a series of novels set in San Francisco.

Maupin was born in Washington DC and graduated from Needham Broughton High School before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first foray into writing was as a journalist for The Daily Tar Heel.

In 1974 he began what would become Tales of the City as a colum in the Pacific Sun newspaper, moving to the San Francisco Chronicle after the Sun’s San Francisco edition folded. Read More

8 Profound Quotes from Tana French

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Tana French (May 10th, 1973) is an American-Irish novelist and theatrical actor, best known for her crime fiction novels. Born in Vermont, French has lived in several countries including Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, due to her father’s job as an international economist. Today she resides in Dublin.

French loved both acting and writing from an early age and her debut novel, In the Woods, published in 2007 won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for best first novel. Today we’re looking at the author through some of her quotes, and the books they appeared in.
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Captain Scott 's Copperfield

Captain Scott ‘s copy of Dickens goes on display

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Captain Scott ‘s copy of the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield will be going on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

The book was taken on the Terra Nova expedition in 1910 by Captain Scott with the view to sustain morale among his men. Captain Scott and his men would take it in turns to read chapters to the group, keeping spirits up during the harsh Antarctic conditions. David Copperfield was written in periodical chapters with intriguing cliffhangers, making it perfect for reading aloud together.

There was a British tradition of taking libraries of books on expeditions, with Sir John Franklin taking over 1000 books with him on his 1845 journey to the Arctic including some novels by Charles Dickens such as The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. 

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Plagiarism lawsuit filed against Brazilian writer

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A plagiarism lawsuit has been filed by best-selling author Nora Roberts against Brazilian author Christiane Serruya. After a few speculative weeks, the case was finally taken to court where romance writer Serruya stands accused of copying work at a ‘rare and scandalous level’.

Nora Roberts, who has written 100s of novels and sold millions worldwide, filed the suit against Serruya in Rio De Janeiro.

The alleged plagiarism first brought to the attention of romance novelist Courtney Milan by her readers who uncovered many examples of almost identical passages taken from different authors. Fellow author Nora Roberts then discovered 41 authors over 93 books had been copied by Serruya, writing on her blog:

“The scope of her theft is so huge, so stunningly wide, she really has nowhere to go, no excuses or reasons that can possibly hold even a drop of water”.

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Court orders release of unseen works by Franz Kafka

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Previously unseen manuscripts from Franz Kafka may be published after a court ruling.

The ruling comes after a decade-long battle with his estate to release a collection of papers kept by an Israeli family in their bank safe-deposit boxes. A district court in Zurich ruled that several of the boxes could be opened and their contents shipped to Israel’s national library.

The treasure trove of Kafka works could include previously unseen works, unfinished books, and personal writings. The work was originally given to Max Brod, Franz Kafka’s editor and publisher, and close friend shortly before Kafka’s death in 1924. He had actually asked for his writings to be destroyed but Brod ignored his wishes and decided to publish The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, pushing the little-known author posthumously into the spotlight.

However, Brod didn’t publish everything and on his death in 1968, he instructed his personal secretary, Esther Hoffe, to transfer the Kafka papers to an academic institution. Hoffe instead took it upon herself to hide some the papers away and sold others; an original manuscript of The Trial was auctioned for £1m at Sotheby’s in London.

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Summer of Events from Penguin Live

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We don’t just love reading books, we love bookish events too and top of that list has to be author tours. If you agree and you live in, or are visiting the UK this summer then we have some fantastic news for you as Penguin Live has unveiled its summer of events including tours from a host of top authors including Caitlin Moran (How to Be a Woman), Tan France (Queer Eye), and Scarlett Curtis (Feminists Don’t Wear Pink) among others. Read More

10 Pulitzer Prize Winning Quotes from Bernard Malamud

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Bernard Malamud (26th April, 1914 – 18th March, 1986 was an American novelist and short story writer, born in New York to Russian Jewish immigrants. Along with other notable authors such as Saul Bellow, Joseph Heller, and Philip Roth, he is one of the best known American Jewish authors of the twentieth century.

During his writing career, Malamud saw much success. His baseball themed novel, The Natural was adapted into a 1984 movie starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel, The Fixer (also adapted), about anti-Semitism in the Russian Empire won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Today we’re featuring some of Bernard Malamud’s best known words as we put together a collection of our favourite quotes.
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