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10 Literary Pet Peeves

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BBC Radio 4’s Open Book asked their listeners for their ‘literary pet peeves’. What really annoys you when you read a book? For me, it has to be lazy or dull writing and overuse of similes and metaphors.

Open Book’s guests on the 20th of June 2017 were literary critic Peter Kemp and historical crime novelist Antonia Hodgson. They were asked about the literary devices that make their cringe glands flare up. Their answers included stories told through a foggy memory, or animal narrators.

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Octavia E. Butler: Quotes on Writing

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Octavia E. Butler was an American science fiction writer born on 22nd June 1947, an only child. The loss of her father when she was 7 meant that Butler was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother in what she would go on to recall as a strict Baptist environment.

From an early age Butler suffered from crippling shyness making her awkward, as a result she passed her time reading at the Pasadena Central Library, and writing realms and realms of pages in her ‘big pink notebook’. It will come as no surprise to her fans to learn that she quickly evolved from reading fairy tales to reading science fiction magazines. Read More

Authors for Grenfell Tower Fire Charity Auction.

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At around 1a.m. on the 14th of June, 2017, a fire broke out in a residential tower block in West London. It took hold quickly and spread to overwhelm the building.

The entire block of 120 flats in the building were destroyed, despite the efforts of the heroic fire service.

Survivors have lost their homes, and the deaths of the victims is still rising as bodies are slowly being identified.

Authors for Grenfell Tower is an online auction focussed on raising money for the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, in honour of residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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10 Great Salman Rushdie Quotes

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The British Indian novelist and essayist, Sir Salman Rushdie, was born on the 19th of June in 1947

He won the Booker Prize in 1981 with his second novel, Midnight’s Children, which was said to be “the best novel of all winners”. Generally his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent and combines historical fiction and magical realism.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses was published in 1988 and was the subject of a major controversy in Muslim societies. Many Muslims protested the book and death threats were made against Rushdie.

His works remain as popular, and as controversial, today and we cannot deny his quotes have depth and wisdom to them.  Read More

Judith Kerr: An Author and Her Big and Small Cats

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Judith Kerr was born on 14th June 1923 in Hamburg, Germany to a German-Jewish theatre critic. The family fled Germany in 1933 on the eve of war, fearful because Judith’s father had been openly critical of the Nazis, events that inspired her writing for years to come.

Originally a budding artist, this was put on the backburner when she became a refugee. Eventually the family would settle in Britain and when Judith had her own children she started writing and drawing again. Read More

15 Quotes from the Witty Dorothy L. Sayers.

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Dorothy L. Sayers (13th of June 1893 to 17th of December 1957) was an English playwright, crime fiction writer, and poet. She is famous for her series of mystery novels set between the two world wars featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, an amateur sleuth/aristocrat.

Her wisdom and way with words also awarded her a place in advertising. The famous Guinness brand hired her for their promotions in the 20th century. Sayers’ jingle was added to the bottom of the now-famous Guinness toucan advertisement.

 

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10 Anne Frank Quotes to Fill You With Hope

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Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt on 12th June 1929 and is one of the most discussed victims of the Holocaust after gaining fame posthumously for the diary she kept while hiding from the Nazis. And it’s this diary that makes 12th June even more significant because it was also the day on her 13th birthday when she received a diary to write in. 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

8 of Our Favourite Orhan Pamuk Quotes

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Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter and academic, who has sold more than thirteen million books in sixty-three languages. Born in Istanbul on 7th June 1952 he is Turkey’s most prominent novelists and was recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and many other literary awards too.

Pamuk grew up in a wealthy but declining upper-class family, a story he tells thoroughly in his personal memoir Istanbul (USUK), but he is best known for his novels My Name is Red, Snow, The Museum of Innocence and others. Read More