10 Interesting Facts About Mark Twain

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Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born on the 30th of November in 1835, in the town of Florida, Missouri. The American writer is best known for the now classic works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and Huckleberry Finn (1885). Interestingly, Huckleberry Finn was the first typewriter-written novel to be given to a publisher.

Quotes are often misattributed to him because of his well known wit and humour, so people tend to hear a good quip and assume it was his. Or Winston Churchill.

Growing up in the early 1900s wasn’t easy; young Sam Clemens lost many of his siblings before adulthood, and his father died of pneumonia when he was 11. This meant he had to leave school and work to support the family, however being one of the original Reading Addicts, Samuel Clemens knew he could keep learning thanks to the local library, and through invaluable life experiences.

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Jerry Spinelli In His Own Words

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Jerry Spinelli was born in the US state of Pennsylvania in 1941, where he still lives with is wife Eileen, also a children’s writer. Together they have six children and 21 grandchildren. His children inspired him as he wrote his books, although at times he would resort to using cottonwool in his ears to block out the joyfully noisy household. Spinelli says on his website that his own childhood memories are like a library of ideas for his stories. 

Jerry is best known for his literature written for teenagers and young adults, and has been lauded for his poetic and compassionate stories. He was awarded a Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee.

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Muriel Spark Centenary Celebrations

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The great Scottish author Dame Muriel Spark would have been 100 years old on the 1st February this year. She was born in Edinburgh in 1918, married young and lived in Zimbabwe, moving back to London after the war. In 1963 she moved to New York and in 1967 to Rome, she died at the age of 88 at her home in Florence. Her books which are full of wit and wisdom, appeal equally to both men and women, and have never dated because her style is so fresh and modern. Read More

10 Marvellous Norman Mailer Quotes

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Norman Mailer was born on the 31st of January 1923 and died on the 10th of November in 2007.  Mailer was an American novelist, essayist, journalist, playwright, actor, film-maker, and political activist. He is perhaps best known for his novel The Naked and the Dead which was published in 1948 and The Executioner’s Song (1979) for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

His work has seen him win book prizes and renown in literary circles, and has given us many excellent quotes.

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Alex Jones Reportedly Working on a Book That Promises to “Open Your Mind”

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Right-wing American radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is reportedly working on a book with The Game’s author, Neil Strauss, in order to distil his knowledge, philosophies, and mission to uncover conspiracies. As CNN reports, Jones has apparently been pitching the book to US publishers with the promise that it will “open your mind in ways you can’t expect … like the moment you first discovered sex or the internet or quantum physics”.

Jones has written a 27-page proposal for the book with author Neil Strauss and its aim will be to inform readers about “the front lines of the war for your mind.” He promises it will be “a classic that will be … around for generations” and that, if you read it, you “will never look at your life or your world the same way again.” It certainly looks like Jones has big plans for his book.

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5 New Authors To Look Out For In 2018

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New year- new you- new authors- new books!

2018 looks set to be an exciting year for book lovers with the arrival of many new adaptations for film and television, and so many brand new authors to adopt as our favourites.

If you love discovering new writers, and being one of the first to read debut novels, this list is for you. The excitement of delving into a freshly created world of fiction is ours for the taking thanks to these fresh, new authors.

Keep your eyes out for their books when they’re released, or pre-order now!

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Remembering Influential Fantasy Author Ursula Le Guin

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On 24th January 2018 the sad news reached us that fantasy author Ursula Le Guin had died peacefully at home after a long illness.

Born Ursula Kroeber Le Guin on 21st October 1929 in California, the daughter of an anthropologist and a writer, Ursula and her brothers were encouraged to read growing up. Le Guin spoke often of the happiness of her upbringing, and the environment that fostered her interest in literature. Read More

Dead Men’s Trousers to be Final Trainspotting Story Says Welsh

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As one of his biggest fans, you have no idea how thrilled I was today to hear that there’s another instalment in the Trainspotting story coming from Irvine Welsh. The book, due in March will continue the story of Mark Renton, Simon ‘Sick-Boy’ Williamson, Spud, and Begbie from their heroine fuelled days in Leith, Edinburgh to the middle age that must surely now be upon them. Read More

New York Bookstore Features Books from Sh*thole Countries

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Turning negatives into positives is always a good thing, and right now we’re in love with Rough Draft Bar and Books in New York for their display featuring authors from ‘shithole countries’.

Since he has taken office, President Trump has done a pretty good job at offending the rest of the world. A while ago he banned travellers from many Muslim countries and we responded by featuring a list of books from the Muslim ban list. Read More