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John Boyne – Birmingham Literature Festival

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On the final day of the Birmingham Literature Festival, John Boyne was in conversation with the city’s own Kit de Waal, discussing his latest novel A Ladder to the Sky and his life as an author.

The event began with Boyne briefly outlining the novel, the tale of wannabe writer Maurice Swift who will do anything to make himself a famous writer including begging, borrowing and stealing stories. This was then followed by a brilliant reading from the book by the author himself which drew me in and made me want to read the book all the more.

Kit told John that she had greatly enjoyed A Ladder to the Sky, listening to the audiobook, narrated by Richard E. Grant, she was so gripped she didn’t want to get out the car to do her food shopping. Read More

Book Launch: Once Upon a Time in Birmingham

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This year we commemorate the centenaries for the end of the First World War and the success of the Suffragette movement getting some women the vote – partial franchise in which women over 30 who met certain criteria were granted this right. To celebrate and remember these important parts of British history, the Birmingham Remembers Campaign was launched. Once Upon a Time in Birmingham: Women Who Dared to Dream has been created as part of this campaign. On the penultimate day of the Birmingham Literature Festival, this inspiring book was launched at an event hosted by the Birmingham Rep.
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It Is Easy to Write a Literature Review – Here’s How

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Writing a review is usually accepted as one of the most boring assignments taking much time and efforts. Meanwhile, very few know how engaging the process can be provided the attitude to the performed task is not based on prejudice. What’s even better, it is not that long if you choose correct strategy.

This article discloses the core moments the author should take into account to make the work on the review efficient. Read More

Terry Pratchett: His World – A Review of the Exhibition

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On until January 2018, the Salisbury Museum with donations and support from The Estate of Terry Pratchett, and Paul Kidby – Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – present an exhibition entitled ‘Terry Pratchett: His World’.

The exhibition is a unique collection of artefacts which portray his amazing life and career, from his first novel The Carpet People which was published in 1971 to his later novels including the Discworld series. Artwork from the Discworld novels including over 40 original illustrations by Paul Kidby adorn the walls and will make any Discworld fan nostalgic for the books.

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A Guide To Spotting Fake Reviews Online

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After Hillary Clinton’s memoir “What Happened” was released, and received reviews almost immediately, Amazon had to delete hundreds of unverified reviews from the site.

It can be worrying for any online shopper to purchase something without recommendation, and many of us look to reviews to help determine whether the purchase worth our money.

Sometimes it is not obvious at first glance that a review is fake, and bought or planted by promoters of the product. Floship have provided a useful guide to spotting fakery in reviews, particularly Amazon reviews, besides the usual ‘Verified Reviewer’ clue.

Follow the link below to see the full article and save yourself a lot of bother with fake reviews online!

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Top 10 Motivational Books for Students

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Most of those recommendations are not the usual self-help books especially for 17-18-year-old students because it is more important to gain a perspective on the world, the culture, about yourself at this age rather than diving into the conventional self-help novels. But if you are a lack of inspiration, the motivation can be found in books. After all, you guys are just entering college or studying there during this time! Read More

Latent sexism in Literature.

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Latent sexism in Literature.
Why are male authors considered more credible than females?

Many swords were shattered to pieces in fights between opponents and supporters of an almost conspiratological theory of latent sexism in literature. Credible or not, it cannot be either proven or denied by many critics and literary expert observers for decades. Read More

Ron Clark on Book Critics and Writers

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Here I sit broken hearted, paid a penny and only then remembered this isn’t a toilet wall; ah well. But really you know, a lot of book critics are the pigeons of the literary world. Let’s face it, some of those pro-critics only seem interested in crapping on authors, just like the pigeons crapping on Nelson in in Trafalgar Square. Read More