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Get Closer To Dame Agatha Christie…

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English crime novelist, Agatha Christie, was born in the Devon seaside town of Torquay in 1890. Set in what is often called The English Riviera, Torquay boasts a multitude of Agatha Christie themed events and places of interest.

Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels surrounding fictional detectives Poirot and Miss Marple, with tours around Torquay and South Devon offering fans the chance to walk in the famous author’s footsteps.

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Two New Harry Potter Books Coming in Time for Anniversary Exhibition

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If you didn’t already know (have you been hiding under a rock?) this year celebrates twenty years since the release of the very first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This October, the British Library is celebrating with an exhibition to open on 20th October and with it comes two new books about the series! Read More

Emma Watson Hiding More Books, Paris This Time

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Last November, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joined the Books on the Underground movement, leaving feminist books on London Underground trains and stations, and now she’s back to her novel hiding ways, this time in Paris.

Watson played book loving Hermione Granger and has continued to carry the torch for book lovers ever since. Her feminist book club Our Shelf Shelf is turning out to be a global phenomenon, and with her Book Fairies initiative and the Books on the Underground movement, she making quite an impact on book lovers. Read More

On a Literary Date

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You must have heard of World Book Day, Teachers Day, Internet Day, Translation Day and a few other special days in celebration of books, languages, authors, characters and even stationery. Don’t be surprised…days like Pencil Day, Ballpoint Pen Day and World Bookmark Day exist too.

As book lovers, we are definitely not complaining. You know what they say-
more the merrier! Read More

Hay 30th Festival Line up Announced, Including Bernie Sanders

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It’s been announced this week that US Senator Bernie Sanders will join the literary guests at this year’s Hay Festival, the 30th anniversary year for the event. As always, the event will be jam-packed with guest speakers at more than 800 planned events between 25th May and 4th June in Hay-on-Wye.

More well known speakers will include Bernie Sanders, Man Booker Prize winner, Paul Beatty, director Ken Loach, children’s authors Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson and Chris Riddell, and novelists Jeanette Winterson, Colm Toibin, Elif Shafak, and Neil Gaiman. Read More

George Orwell’s 1984 Comes to Broadway!

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George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has once again become very popular in recent times and, with that increase in popularity, the story recaptured people in a new and inspired way.

It was created in 2014 by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan who jointly adapted the famous novel for London Playhouse Theatre. Their distillation of Orwell’s message was well received by critics, despite some reservations about such a famous story being brought to life for the modern era, and the rich, detailed dramatisation will soon be making its way to Broadway, in the USA.

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Monopoly to Release Winchester Version to Celebrate Austen Anniversary

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This year Winchester is celebrating Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, and today it’s been announced that there is to be a Winchester Monopoly, created to mark Austen 200.

Winchester is the final resting place of novelist Jane Austen who died in the city in 1817, aged just 41, an event that will be marked this year in a series of events in the city and around the world. Read More

Hay Anniversary Marked by Searching for 30 Best Books (and we have the first 15 here!)

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The Hay Festival is probably the most famous literary festival in the world, and is held at the ‘town of books’ every single year. This year the festival celebrates its 30th year and to celebrate it’s ‘crowd sourcing’ a list of the best books of all time!

The #Hay30Books movement has chosen fifteen books from recent years that they think start the list of the world’s most essential books, those books are below, the final fifteen books will be chosen by you.

People can pick their favourite book of the last 30 years – and say why in under 30 words – via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #Hay30Books. If you’d like to join in, get choosing but for now here are the first fifteen books of the #Hay30Books selection. Read More

Adrian Mole Celebrates His 50th Birthday

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If like me you grew up with the angsty, sullen teenager, Adrian Mole then you may feel quite old upon hearing the news that Adrian Mole turns 50 this year.

The original book, the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, by the late Sue Townsend was first released in 1982 when Adrian Mole was aged 13 and ¾. His birthday is put at April 2nd 1967 and that means he’s 50 this year. Read More