Rare Biggles First Edition to be Sold at Auction

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W. E. Johns created the fictional character James Bigglesworth (nicknamed Biggles) in the 1930s for young readers. The story The White Fokker introduced Biggles for the first time in 1932. It was published in the first issue of Popular Flying magazine and then as part of the first collection of Biggles stories, The Camels Are Coming. The Camels Are Coming contains 17 short stories featuring Captain James Bigglesworth, and his sidekicks Algy, Ginger and Smyth.

A rare first edition of this popular collection is due to be auctioned off to the highest bidder with a pre-sale estimate of £500 to £600. Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham, Norfolk will be in charge of selling the book on the 25th of January 2018.

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New York Bookstore Features Books from Sh*thole Countries

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Turning negatives into positives is always a good thing, and right now we’re in love with Rough Draft Bar and Books in New York for their display featuring authors from ‘shithole countries’.

Since he has taken office, President Trump has done a pretty good job at offending the rest of the world. A while ago he banned travellers from many Muslim countries and we responded by featuring a list of books from the Muslim ban list. Read More

The Latest Book Trend Is Dividing The Internet

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Trends and fashions come and go but at the height of their popularity the trends can cultivate some heated debate. Do you remember when #shelfie was a ‘thing’? Or arranging a books on a shelf by colour to create a bookish rainbow? People are divided on whether these things are a waste of time, highly impractical, or just a fun way to arrange your home.

The latest bookshelf-altering idea is for the neutral-colour-lovers among us: some of you may remember when we posted a picture on Facebook of a bookshelf in which the books were all turned about with the spines facing the wall. Many of our Reading Addicts were unhappy with the idea- deeming the bookshelf owner (apparently someone called ‘Lauren’) to be a little superficial, and “obviously not a reader”.

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10 Reflective Quotes By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria on the 15th of September 1977. The award-winning author published Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006 and the next year it received the Orange Prize for Fiction. The exquisitely written novel was also featured in the New York Times′s 100 Most Notable Books of the Year.

“Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined. [It] is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.”

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5 Historical Books To Read Featuring Queen Elizabeth I

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On the 15th of January in 1559 Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey. Her father, Henry VIII had died leaving the monarchy in a mess, the title of monarch was passed from one successor to another until finally Elizabeth I, the last Tudor to reign, took the throne.

Elizabeth was a strong and capable woman with an excellent education, and a fair but ferocious heart. Her reign lasted from the 17th of November 1558 to the 24th of March 1603 at her death aged 69.

Much has been written about the Tudor period, and there is an intense amount of historical fiction around, so allow us to recommend our top 5 historical fiction novels about Queen Elizabeth I- for your enjoyment.

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Walter Mosley: In His Own Words

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Walter Mosley, born on the 12th of January in 1952, is an award-winning American writer from California. His versatile works include three mystery series’, ‘afrofuturistic’ science fiction, erotica, and a graphic novel. His most famous works, the Easy Rawlins Mysteries, feature a black private investigator and war veteran who lives in Los Angeles, and are his most popular fiction to date. The author has also written 3 plays, with a 4th on the way called Devil in a Blue Dress. Mosley has won numerous awards including the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Big Think on YouTube have featured the novelist in a series of videos that capture his musings and wisdom, as a writer and a reader. Check them out below!

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See How a Japanese Craftsman Restores a Battered Old Book

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No doubt many of you have a treasured book that you’ve read countless times, but numerous re-reads can take their toll, especially on old books. Those of you beginning to worry about the battered spine and dog-eared pages of your favourite novel will be interested to see this skilled Japanese craftsman restore a seriously tattered 1000 page dictionary back to its former glory. Read More

Banned Books: The New Jim Crow

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The New Jim Crow is an award-winning book by Michelle Alexander and was published in 2010. The critically acclaimed book offers an insight into prevalent discrimination against African Americans in the criminal justice system.

By obtaining public records about banned books, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) discovered that the book had been banned from some prisons in New Jersey. The ACLU have called for the ban to be lifted, citing that it violates the rights of inmates under the first amendment to the US constitution.

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Wilbur Smith – A Life in Books

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Wilbur Smith is a prolific novelist, specialising in historical fiction set mostly in, or regarding South Africa, it’s politics and the international involvement in the country over hundreds of years.

Smith was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Kabwe, Zambia) on 9th January 1933, His father was a metal worker, a tough man who Smith said had ‘probably never read a book in his life’. He hoped his son would go on to work with his hands, and spent Wilbur’s childhood trying to toughen him up. His mother was more encouraging of her son’s avid reading, encouraging him and seeing the potential of him receiving a good education. Read More