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When autobiographies go bad: reality stars and book deals.

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Autobiographies are supposed to be books about someone’s life written by that same someone… In other cases it is written by another person and is then called a ‘biography’. Pretty simple right?

It seems there are different rules when it comes to ‘reality TV stars’.

A fantastic interview from a UK publication Now Magazine was printed recently where they interviewed ‘celebrity’ Gemma Collins from television series The Only Way Is Essex (or: TOWIE).

It came to light that Gemma ‘I’m a big fan of the dictionary‘ Collins (yes she really said that in an interview once) is likely to have never read her own book -let alone written it. In a car-crash interview, printed in full by Now Magazine, the celeb and the journalist created what could be the worst interview about a book ever.

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Stig of the Dump Author, Clive King Dies, Aged 94

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Clive King, who brought us the children’s classic Stig of the Dump has died aged 94 earlier this week.

Born David Clive King in Richmond, Surrey on 24th April 1924, King grew up in Ash in Kent and was educated at the King’s School, Rochester before eventually graduating with a BA in English. From 1943 to 1946 King served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, which took him to many places around the world including Japan where he saw the then recent devastation of Hiroshima.
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J.K. Rowling Burns Twitter User Who Threatens to Burn His Harry Potter Books

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Yesterday, we reported the news that J.K. Rowling, along with several other notable Twitter users, was in stitches over the fact that President Donald Trump published a Tweet boasting of his writing skills. The problem is, the Tweet actually contained an error. Trump used the word ‘pour’ when he meant to use ‘pore’. He has since deleted the Tweet and republished it with the correct use of the word. Read More

How Tolkien’s love for hearty food influenced his writing

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Tolkien is best known for his Lord of the Rings trilogy and the classic novel The Hobbit, but how much do you know about his passion for wholesome food and how it shows through his writing?

BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet programme (download the weekly podcast) this week was held in Bournemouth where J.R.R. Tolkien would frequently holiday with his family. Dr Una McCormack, Tolkien expert and food lover, spoke with the hosts, Jay Rayner and Sophie Wright, about the author and discussed favourite foodie scenes from The Hobbit.

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Rupert Everett stars as Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince

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Oscar Wilde is The Happy Prince in Rupert Everett’s latest writer/director project. The British actor has previously played Oscar Wilde on stage in a revival of David Hare’s play ‘The Judas Kiss‘ but, despite this movie following a similar timespan as the play, Everett has created a new, sensitive, and compelling biopic to end all Oscar Wilde biopics.

The story follows Wilde’s tragic last days with raw emotion, humour, and such passion, that it is obvious Everett put his absolute all into creating this movie. Joining him are Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’s Diary), Emily Watson (Little Women), and Colin Morgan (Merlin) as well as a host of great actors.

Check out the trailer below- and find it at your local cinema.

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Richard Bach Quotes on Life and Love

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Richard Bach (23rd June 1936) is an American author and pilot, responsible for some of the best selling books of the 1970s. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Bach served in the United States Navy Reserve and the New Jersey Air National Guard’s Fighter Wing as a pilot before becoming an author.

During his time there he was also a contributing editor for Flying magazine and Avian, before finally writing his first novel Jonathan Livingstone Seagull in 1970. Bach went on to have a full literary career, writing many fiction and nonfiction books, most of which were somehow based around flying. Read More

An Introduction to Mary McCarthy

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Mary Therese McCarthy (June 21st, 1912 – October 25th, 1989) was an American novelist, critic and political activist born in Seattle, Washington. McCarthy learned loss at an early age, losing both her parents to the flu epidemic of 1918, a situation that led to a childhood of harsh treatment and abuse raised by an uncle and aunt at her catholic father’s parents’ home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. McCarthy explored the complexities of this time in her memoir Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. Read More

US Authors Campaigning Against ‘Kids in Cages’

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Wherever you are it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard about the current move by the US administration separating children from their parents who are seeking asylum. Despite many smokescreens and accusations that this policy has been around under previous administrations, that is simply a myth. The policy was introduced on 6th April 2018 and was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller and approved by President Trump to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration. Read More