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New Harry Potter Themed Restaurant Bar to Open in Exeter, UK!

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As you walk along the cobbled streets of Exeter, your stomach growling hungrily, you turn into Gandy Street. The weather has cleared at last but the walkway is still shining with rain. Window displays of gift shops and jewellers sparkle with their array of treasures, tempting you… But you wander past…

This is the heart of the independent shop of Exeter, its vibe is exciting, exuberant, and almost…magical.

You can hear the laughter of staff and patrons of a nearby restaurant, and the sumptuous smells wafting out of the doors of The Cauldron Inn are calling you…

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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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The 10 Coolest Books on African Culture

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African culture is very diverse, beautiful, and it can be shocking sometimes. African ethnicity is extremely complicated. According to rough estimates, the continent has about 50 nations and nationalities, and 3 thousand different tribes speaking a thousand languages.

There are so many interesting books by African writers. If you are interested in African culture, here is a top 10 best novels about Africa. Read More

Take a Stroll Through the Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park

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In 1970s North Carolina, USA, two bright sparks, brothers Grover and Harry Robbins, dreamed up the ultimate Wizard of Oz theme park. Sadly, just prior to the park’s opening, Grover passed away, and he never got to see its initial success. The park was popular at first, however after a decade of waning visitor numbers the project had to be abandoned.

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Macbeth Witches Appear at Glamis Castle

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Glamis Castle is situated in the stunning valley of Strathmore, only 12 miles from Dundee, Scotland. It is a truly royal and magical place; owned today by Simon Patrick Bowes Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the castle was also notably the childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, and birthplace of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret.

Many of you may also recognise the name Glamis Castle as the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’…

“First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.”

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8 Fictional Literary Destinations You Can Visit in Real Life

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We get lost among the pages of our favourite novels, happily so, and those fictional worlds become our own. However, many of us still dream of visiting the imaginary places in our favourite novels, and while we can’t walk the halls of Hogwarts, or visit Middle Earth, we can look at places that inspired our favourite books, or the filming locations of adaptations for some inspiration for a literary holiday!

Today we have ten fictional destinations that you can – kind of – visit in real life, bringing your fictional worlds to life. 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

Japan’s Alice in Wonderland Inspired Restaurants.

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Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland is loved all over the world for its escapism and fantasy. The people of Japan, in particular, have embraced the land of talking white rabbits and playing card men with the country boasting 7 restaurants dedicated to Alice and her friends. 5 of which are in Tokyo alone! After digging through their sumptuous websites, and much use of a popular translation app, here is an insight for our Reading Addicts… Another adventure for the bucket list!

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This Library/Hotel Is Every Bibliophile’s Dream

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Any book lovers out there who are planning on taking a trip to Wales should definitely book a room in this beautiful old hotel located in the quiet Welsh village of Hawarden, just a stone’s throw from the Welsh border. Called the Gladstone Library, this imposing building is home to over 250,000 books and allows guests to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to do some serious reading. Read More