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10 Witty Wisecracks from Dorothy Parker

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Dorothy Parker (August 22nd, 1893 – June 7th, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer and satirist, best remembered for her wit and wisecracks.

Born in New Jersey, Parker had an unhappy childhood, leading to a long and unhappy relationship with her own father. She first became well known in 1918 when she stepped in for P. G Wodehouse writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair. While her caustic wit was popular with readers, she was eventually terminated after her criticisms began to offend powerful theatre producers. Read More

Chinese Author Liu Yongbiao Arrested for Decades Old Murders

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The Chinese crime author Liu Yongbiao has been arrested for the murder of four people who he killed over twenty years ago. The 53-year-old was a member of the official China Writers’ Association and had won prizes for his writing. The case is made all the more chilling by the fact that, in his book ‘The Guilty Secret’, the author wrote about a female writer who avoids arrest after having murdered several people. Read More

10 Magical Quotes From Mary Poppins Author P.L. Travers.

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Australian writer P.L. Travers was born on the 9th of August in 1899 and died on the 23rd of April 1996. Travers spent much of her early career as a Shakespearean actress until she began writing at the age of 25.

She is best known for her book series Mary Poppins (1934) upon which the famous 1964 Disney movie was based. Another musical adaptation of the books and film was put on in the West End in 2004, and premiered on Broadway in 2006.

Reportedly inspired by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, Travers’ work is full of magic and humour, and perfect for adults and children alike.

Here are ten of her best quotes from the Mary Poppins novels.

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Five of the Best Shirley Jackson Books

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Shirley Jackson (Dec 14th 1916 – Aug 8th 1965) was an American author who was thought to be the queen of ghost stories, and while popular during her lifetime, it’s in recent years that she has received special attention from literary critics.

Thought to be an influence on many of today’s authors including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris and Richard Matheson, Jackson’s books are sinister, earning her the title the master of the horror tale. Read More

Forbes: 10 Highest Paid Authors 2017

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Every year, Forbes release the rich list, showing us the highest paid individuals of the year and this week they have released their highest paid authors list, telling us who the ten biggest earners of the year were! The top 10 is full of big names, and unsurprisingly many of the books have had, or have planned movie adaptations. Read More

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Alexei Sayle Discusses His Second Autobiography.

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Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool, UK on the 7th of August, 1952. Sayle is considered a central figure in the alternative comedy revolution of the 1980s which had kicked back against the old fashioned comedy stylings that had come previously. Often politically charged, Sayle’s comedy took an absurd and cynical look at society and culture.

Alexei Sayle has turned his hand to a vast array of creative mediums over the last four decades from his 3 music albums in the 1980s, written 5 screenplays and 10 books, as well as a host of film and television appearances.

As an author Sayle has written five novels and two short story collections, and in 1987 he created a graphic novel, Geoffrey The Tube Train And The Fat Comedian. A collection of his columns for Time Out and the Sunday Mirror were collated into his book Great Bus Journeys of the World, co-written with David Stafford.

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David Baldacci: My 5 Best Books

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David Baldacci is an American author born in Richmond, Virginia on 5th August, 1960. After practicing law for many years, Baldacci turned to novel writing, he’d been writing stories since childhood. Within three years the author had written Absolute Power, published in 1996 and it was an international bestseller. Read More

10 Quotes From Shutter Island Author Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane was born in Boston, Massachusetts on the 4th of August in 1965. The American author has had more than a dozen novels published, and many adapted for the silver screen. Mystic River (2003) was directed by Clint Eastwood, and in 2011 Shutter Island was produced and directed by Martin Scorsese.

Lehane has also won awards for his screenwriting, namely The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. 

Here are ten of his best quotes taken from his novels and other writings.

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Read Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter He Wrote to his Family as a P.O.W.

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Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most well known writers of all time, and rightfully so. His books such as Slaughterhouse-Five (USUK), The Sirens of Titan, and Cat’s Cradle are regarded as modern classics and his contribution to literature is immense. However, when a 22-year-old Kurt Vonnegut was finally able to write to his family as a P.O.W. during World War II, he had no inkling he’d become such a famed writer. Read More

Jane Austen’s Intimate Letters to be Released This Year

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The publishing arm of the Bodleian Library is to release a collection of Jane Austen’s letters this year, and they promise to provide an intimate glimpse into the life of the author after she moved to Bath, aged 25.

The collection, to be released this September will be called Jane Austen: The Chawton Letters and has been edited by Kathryn Sutherland, professor of bibliography and textual criticism at the University of Oxford. The book will be released in association with Jane Austen’s House Museum. Read More