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Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in export ban

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover is no stranger to controversy and it seems the 1928 novel has had yet another ban enforced.

The controversial novel written by DH Lawrence was at the centre of an obscenity trial in 1960, and the copy used by the judge presiding over the case is now in further trouble. The copy belonging to the judge, Sir Laurence Byrne, is full of highlighted explicit passages, marked up by the judge’s wife Lady Dorothy.

The book was sold last year for £56,250 and the new owner planned to take it abroad but the book has been temporarily stopped from leaving the UK. The new owners must apply for a licence to take the book out of the UK as it is an ‘item of cultural significance’.

The UK government’s block means collectors have until 9 August to declare their intention to buy it and then up to three months longer to find the funds.

Michael Ellis, Arts Minister, has stated how he hoped a buyer would come forward to “keep this important part of our nation’s history in the UK”.

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Medical Memoirs from Dedicated Doctors & Nurses

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Medical memoirs have had a popularity boost in the past few years with many professionals finding their voice and sharing their stories.

Some have received critical acclaim for the relatable life-or-death situations, heart-wrenching human stories, and astounding tales of courage in the face of the unknown.

Many of the memoirs are love stories to their professions; the intensity, passion, and dedication felt by the doctors and nurses is expressed beautifully through their accounts of day-to-day life.

From hospitals to GP surgeries, and further afield to the frontline of war-torn countries- these medical marvels have written these memoirs to share their amazing experiences, ensuring we don’t take them for granted.

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“Brenda’s Beaver Needs a Barber” WILL make you laugh…

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Brenda’s Beaver Needs a Barber is the one of a set of innuendo laden picture books by Bimisi Tayanita (Author), and Sumguyen Bangladesh (Illustrator).

As it is such a unique piece of fiction… We feel it is best to let the artists explain their book themselves:

“Sumguyen has always had a thick mane of hair, in the summer of 2016 he decided to grow a beard. Deep into month three he started to look like an armpit with eyeballs.

It was a sultry August night in Old Town Scottsdale as Bimisi and Sumguyen made their way from one bar to another. They took pause to to enjoy the rhythms of a homeless crooner who was soulfully picking his guitar.

When Sumguyen threw a five into his tip jar the artist looked up, thanked him with a nod and said, “That is a beautiful beard. My friend Brenda has a beard just like that, but hers doesn’t talk.”

A fair amount of beer sprayed from Bimisi’s nose…and just like that they had their subject matter for the final book of Season One.

Through the timeless power of double entendre, Reach Around Books will have the reader in tears of laughter while to any juvenile listener they are completely innocent. If you are offended by humor, don’t buy our books. If your kid is offended by our books, that implies they understand terms only found in the Urban Dictionary™…You failed as a parent long before Reach Around Books came into your life.

-Toodles!”

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Ocasio-Cortez stars in a butt-kicking graphic novel!

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York rep and fresh face of American politics, will star as an ass-kicking superhero in a comic book created by Devil’s Due Comics. 

The team behind the commemorative comic announced recently that a team of artists are working on “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force. Issue #1, New Party: Who Dis?” The title came about after AOC’s pithy reply to a former Democratis senator who said how he hoped she ‘was not the new face of the Democratic Party’, to which Alexandria replied “New party- who dis?”

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CNN correspondent to write book about attacks on press

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CNN’s chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, is currently writing a book concerning governmental pressures on the free press.

It is no secret that Jim Acosta and US President Donald Trump have had more than one head-to-head during White House briefings with the press. A contentious briefing after the mid-term elections prompted Trump to suspend Acosta’s press pass, however his decision was later overturned by a federal judge.

Acosta’s book, which was being written well before Trump’s attempted ban on the CNN correspondent, will show “never-before-revealed stories of this White House’s rejection of truth, while laying out the stakes for how Trump’s hostility toward facts poses an unprecedented threat to our democracy” according to the publishers HarperCollins.

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Killing Eve Star and Charlatans Frontman Take Over a Bookshop

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Killing Eve and Doctor Who star Susan Lynch and Charlatans singer Tim Burgess have temporarily closed a bookshop in Gloucester. Cornell Books in High Street, Tewkesbury has been taken over for three days to be the filming location for Susan Lynch’s directorial début and Tim Burgess’ acting début.

The short film titled The Bookshop will star Burgess in the lead role, as bookshop owner Leonard. In an interview for Gloucestershire Live, Susan Lynch explains the inspiration and story behind the film. Sitting beside Burgess with a bookshelf backdrop, Lynch tells us, “I saw Tim in concert in the Charltons and what struck me about his energy on stage is that he’s like so many different people. So, the inspiration for The Bookshop came from all the different roles that I saw Tim be in the Charlatans and we’ve sort of transferred that idea of fantasy into a very beautiful fable about a guy who works in a bookshop whose got demons from his past and he faces those demons through the other people that come in to the bookshop.”

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Thousands of Books, Films, and Pieces of Music from 1923 Have Now Entered the Public Domain

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As of January 1, 2019, tens of thousands of works of literature, music, and film have entered the public domain, meaning they can be enjoyed and used for free without paying royalty fees to the copyright holders. The list of new works of art available is staggering, and includes works from the likes of Agatha Christie, E.E. Cummings, Charlie Chaplin, and Louis Armstrong.

For readers, this will mean that many books from that year will now be available to download for free on e-readers and they can be more easily be used in schools for educational purposes.
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