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Neil Gaiman’s Favourite Science Fiction Books

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Neil Gaiman was speaking to the BBC’s Front Row last month about the film adaptation of his story How to Talk to Girls at Parties as it hit UK cinemas.

As many good writers know one key to great writing is a lot of reading- and Gaiman is no different. His love for writing goes hand-in-hand with reading, so the BBC asked for his favourite science fiction novels.

These are the books he decided upon…

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Anthony Bourdain’s books climb the non-fiction charts after his death

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Following the tragic death of chef and writer Anthony Bourdain on June 8th 2018, the culinary world was in shock. Anthony Michael Bourdain played a huge part in many foodies’ lives as a chef and television personality who travelled the world exploring food and humanity. Bourdain explored world culture, cuisine, and the human condition and produced wonderful shows and fascinating books.

Bourdain’s work was so important and popular that many of his books climbed the Amazon charts after the world heard of his passing. New fans are emerging as well as the old faithful foodies, and Bourdain’s name and legacy will live on through his writing.

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Were Roald Dahl and Terry Pratchett pen-pals?

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When he was young Terry Pratchett worked as a reporter for the Bucks Free Press. On the 25th of April in 1969, the fresh-faced Terry (using his full name- Terence) wrote to famous author Roald Dahl to ask for an interview. Letters from the Roald Dahl Museum’s Archive show the communication between Pratchett and Dahl. Despite this tantalising look at what would’ve been a fabulous interview of two hilarious and creative minds- no other letters have been discovered, and no record yet of the interview.

Fingers crossed something emerges in the future…

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Love Island’s Iain Stirling announces book release!

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Scottish comedian Iain Stirling has become best known as the cheeky voice behind ITV2’s Love Island. The 30 year old’s comedy ambitions started to blossom at university where he was eventually declared Paramount Funniest Student and Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year.

After his success on the UK comedy circuit he was hired by Children’s BBC, and eventually ITV decided his quips and banter were perfect for Love Island. 

Stirling’s debut book Not Ready To Adult Yet is out now- its release coincided perfectly with the new season of the dating show.

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Fight Club Author Chuck Palahniuk Allegedly the Victim of Embezzlement

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Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk is allegedly the victim of an embezzlement scheme at his lit agency.

Writing on his website, Palahniuk told how the “chain of events leaves me close to broke.”

The New York Post broke the story when an accountant was arrested by the FBI for allegedly embezzling over $3 million from Palahniuk’s literary agency- Donadio & Olson.

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Outspoken British Rapper and Poet Akala Signs 3-Book Deal

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Big Picture Press has signed rapper and poet Akala for a three-book deal.

Kingslee James Daley is better known as Akala- a political activist, rapper, and poet. His recent appearances in interviews and on BBC Question Time has gained him fierce support from many British people, as well as some opposition from right-wing voters.  His first non-fiction children’s book, yet to be titled, will be an illustrated history of human brilliance and achievement, highlighting under-reported stories from around the globe.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Philip Roth Dies

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One of the greatest American authors of all time, Philip Roth has died it is confirmed today. Philip Roth who counts the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Man Booker International Prize to his name drew his writing inspiration from family life, sex and American ideals and his works include American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and Portnoy’s Complaint.

We marked the novelist’s 85th birthday in March with a blog of his best quotes, but this morning the New York Times reported that Roth had died overnight from congestive heart failure. Read More

The Private Lives of Authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on the 7th of February, 1867 and died on the 10th of February, 1957. The American writer was best known for the children’s book series Little House on the Prairie (1932 to 1943), based on her childhood as a part of a settler and pioneer family.

A television series was produced in the 70s and 80s and was loosely based on Ingalls’ books- it starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura and Michael Landon as her father, Charles. She is still celebrated today all across the USA, with museums and honouring her, and her name marking her previous homesteads throughout the country.

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Ruskin Bond: A Life in Books

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Ruskin Bond (19th May 1934) is an Indian author of British descent. Born in a military hospital in Kasauli, British India to British parents. Bond spent his early childhood in Jamnagar and was very close to his father who sadly died of jaundice when Ruskin was ten.

A keen writer as a child, Ruskin graduated in 1950 after winning several writing competitions in school including the Irwin Divinity Prize and the Hailey Literature Prize. He wrote one of his first short stories Untouchable when he was just 16 years old.

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Stephen King Offers Free Short Story

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One of our favourites here at For Reading Addicts is murder-mayhem-maestro Stephen King. From his grizzly and gruesome horrors to his snappy short stories, his fans are never without something King to be reading.

Recently King has offered one of his short stories for free online. The story is Laurie and follows a man and his journey through the late stages of grief and a beautiful gift his sister gives him to help him through his pain. In typical King style it is richly written, with a story that sucks you straight in (no spoilers).

Follow the link below to read the free short story for yourself.

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