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Bloomsbury to Publish Anne Frank Collection Next Year

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Next year, on what would’ve marked Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, Bloomsbury Continuum will be publishing Anne Frank: The Collected Works. The collection has been described by the publisher as “an essential book for scholars and general readers alike”. The publication brings together all of Frank’s writings along with important documents and photographs.

As The Book Seller reports, the collection will be released on May 30th, the set includes both Anne’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ diaries, which are made up of the original diary and the edited one. A definitive readers version called ‘D’ is also included which has been edited by Mirjam Pressler, the German translator of Frank’s diary who has also published a book about her life.
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Oprah’s Book Club Recommends Michelle Obama Memoir

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Oprah has made Becoming by Michelle Obama the latest edition to her book club.

Released November 2018, Michelle Obama’s memoir follows her life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.

Oprah has chosen Michelle’s memoirs for her honesty and vulnerability- naming it the perfect read this year to gain an insight into what it was really like being the ‘first Black First family’.

See Oprah and Michelle chatting about the new release here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Mrs Obama’s memoirs below!

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Dreams of Leaving and Remaining will Examine Brexit’s Tribulations

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With less than six months to go until one of the biggest splits for European politics in living memory, the British public still has far more questions than answers about Brexit. British journalist and novelist, James Meek has been taking a closer look at Brexit and what it will mean for the British public. His findings make for an interesting read in his new book called Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, which is to be published by Verso Books in March.
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Erin Morgenstern’s New Novel ‘The Starless Sea’ to Be Released Next Year

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US author Erin Morgenstern shot to fame in 2011 with the release of her debut novel The Night Circus. If you enjoyed her first magical outing then you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s been announced that she’s currently working on a second novel that’s set to be released next year.

As The Book Seller reports, a new magical love story from Morgenstern is currently being written and will be published on November 5, 2019 by Harvill Secker. Called The Starless Sea, the novel takes place in a secret world that’s full of magic and intrigue. Publishing director at Harvill Secker, Liz Foley, described the book as “exhilarating and glorious”. She went on to state that “nothing else like it will be published next year”.
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‘Chloe Has Chlamydia’ is the latest sex ed book we all need

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Chloe Has Chlamydia is an illustrated storybook for adults about a horny koala who had a little too much unsafe fun. After she contracts chlamydia, Chloe attempts to educate herself by talking openly to her friends and lovers.

Adults of all ages will enjoy this cheeky book which promotes a healthy sex life and raises STD awareness with sassy humour. The STD crisis needs non-judgmental conversations about sexual health that help break down stigma- and this book will help instigate these important conversations.

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Stephen King reads excerpt from his new book ‘Elevation’.

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Stephen King is back with a new story to intrigue and entertain us.

Elevation is a sleek new mystery from the prolific author who brought us classics like The Shining and It. King takes us back to Castle Rock to explore the novel’s themes of discrimination and inclusion.

If you cannot wait to get your hands on the new book, Stephen King offers a sneaky peek with an exclusive excerpt first granted to Entertainment Weekly. 

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Ladybird books find surprising humour in Brexit fiasco

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Ladybird Books for Grown Ups have been around for a while now, with titles such as The Husband, The Hangover, and The Midlife Crisis, they speak to us on a personal level…

The first 8 books were published back in 2015 and now there are over 30 titles in the collection written by the comedy geniuses Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. the pari are also well known for their work on television series Miranda, Mitchell & Webb, and Charlie Brooker’s satirical Newswipe. 

Some topics such as ‘The Meeting’ or ‘The People Next Door’ give an otherwise dull subject matter a witty and cheeky slant, and the latest book in the project is one subject we are all getting rather sick of – Brexit.

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The Secret Civil Servant Promises to Show Inside Story of Brexit

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Whatever newspaper you read it’s hard not to notice that Brexit negotiations aren’t really going as planned and no amount of shouting ‘the will of the people’ seems to be helping us get a good deal, or a promise that we won’t walk away with nothing.

Now an anonymous civil servant has written a “hilarious and horrifying” account of the government amid the chaos that is Brexit and it’s due for release a few weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union.
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John Boyne to Release Novel About Transgender Teen

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John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has never shied away from difficult subjects and next spring will release a book about a transgender teenager and her brother.

My Brother’s Name is Jessica will be published by Penguin Random House and is slated for release on 18th April 2019 with pre-orders already available. The book is about Sam’s journey of acceptance of his sister Jessica, who transitions from male to female.

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Pussy Riot’s Guide to Activism

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Pussy Riot are a punk protest band and group of political activists striving for freedom from Putin’s dictator-style leadership. Their songs cover feminist themes of equality, equal rights, LGBT+ rights, and the fight against Russia’s patriarchal, religious political structure.

Pussy Riot became well known back in 2012 when they gave an impromptu performance of their punk prayer “Holy Shit” at a Moscow cathedral. Five of the band members broke into Christ the Saviour to perform “Holy Shit” -a condemnation of the Russian Orthodox church’s close ties to the Russian leader Vladimir Putin: “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin- chase Putin out!” Three of them were arrested for ‘hooliganism’ and each jailed for 2 years.

For those of us who are ready to help take on toxic authoritarian governments, Nadya Tolokonnikova, founding member of Pussy Riot and feminist icon, has written her book ‘Read and Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism’. 

Every good patriarchy-smashing feminist needs it on their shelf!

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