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Bookstore Gives Free Copies of We Should All Be Feminists for Inauguration Day

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Whatever you feel about the incoming American administration there’s no denying that the way Donald Trump has spoken about women has at times felt outdated and old fashioned. Today is the inauguration and many fear the new presidency will take women’s rights back many years. Read More

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Nielsen Bestseller Hall of Fame to add Rowling, Donaldson and James

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For 18 years now Nielsen Book has been tracking book sales and creating a yearly Hall of Fame featuring authors who have reached platinum sales records. The official ‘Class of 2016’ will be announced at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards Ceremony in late January but we hear today that J. K Rowling, Julia Donaldson, and E. L James have made it into the Hall of Fame. Read More

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Netflix, A Series of Unfortunate Events: My Review

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I was in middle school when the Series of Unfortunate Events books became popular and I can clearly recall my English teacher recommending the books to my class, I believe he even read a chapter to us before the end of the lesson. The books quickly became popular amongst the other children but I must admit that, whilst they certainly seemed good, I never got around to reading them. I did manage to catch the 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey but that’s about as far as my knowledge of the books goes. I was intrigued when Netflix announced it would be adapting the show, even more so when it was announced the actor Neil Patrick Harris would be taking on the role of the devious antagonist Count Olaf. Read More

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British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain Publishes First Novel

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No one had heard of Nadiya Hussain until she won the Great British Bake Off last year, and since then she’s been taken to the nation’s heart with her own television show, and now a debut novel!

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters was published today and is available now, and follows the story of three sisters of Bangladeshi heritage who live in a small village in England. Writing novels is a far cry from baking but the novel sounds like an interesting reflection of modern British life and is likely to be a best seller. Read More

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Birmingham to Launch Inaugural Poetry Festival

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This week it was announced by Waterstones booksellers in Birmingham that they are to host a poetry and spoken word festival next month, the first of its kind for the city.

The event will be called the Verve and will run between 16th and 19th February featuring poets, spoken word masterclasses, poetry slams, children’s poetry and storytelling events with tickets now available as festival passes or individual event tickets. Read More