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Author Zadie Smith Has Two New Books in the Works

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Author Zadie Smith first came to prominence when she published her first book, White Teeth, in the year 2000 at the age of just 24. White Teeth received critical acclaim and she has since gone on to publish four more successful books since then. Fans of Smith’s work will be pleased to learn that the author has not one, but two books in the works, and they’re expected to be published from 2019 onwards. Read More

Books for Schools Thanks to the Duchess’s Bookshelves

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The Duchess of Cornwall is celebrating her 70th birthday, and while you may not be aware, the royal is patron of several literacy charities including the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, Booktrust, First Story, and Roald Dahl and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

This birthday the Duchess is working with the Literacy Trust to create an initiative called The Duchess’s Bookshelves and what this means in reality is books for schools up and down the country! Read More

Game of Thrones Author Hints About His Latest Book!

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George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire has been an immense journey for the writer and fans alike. Starting in 1991, Martin has been writing the stories of Westeros and Essos for almost three decades, although it feels longer for many of his fans.

The previous instalment, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011, and fans eagerly await the next book, The Winds of Winter. Meanwhile the television series based on the books, A Game of Thrones, has taken on a life of its own…

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BBC to Adapt Little Women to a Mini-series

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Book lovers have really been spoiled for choice for quality adaptations in recent months and that trend is yet to continue as BBC One and Masterpiece for PBS announce that they are to adapt Little Women onto the small screen.

The classic novel by Louisa May Alcott has remained in print for many years and is loved by many, a 1994 movie adaptation was fairly well received but many readers love series because they allow the story to be strung out, staying truer to the book. Read More

The Final Wolf Hall Book Will Likely Be Delayed, Says Hilary Mantel

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Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy has been a huge success since the first book made its debut in 2009. Both it and its sequel, Bring up the Bodies, won the Man Booker prize and the third and final instalment is highly anticipated by readers. If you’re a fan of the series then we’ve got bad news, Hilary Mantel has stated it’s becoming “increasingly unlikely” that the final entry, entitled The Mirror and the Light, will be released in 2018 as she had hoped. Read More

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie to Bring Pooh Magic to Life

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Anyone who knows anything about Winnie the Pooh knows that Christopher Robin was a real person. Christopher Robin Milne was the son of Pooh author A.A Milne and the child and his toys served as his inspiration for the original Pooh stories.

Now a movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin is to tell the story of his life and the creation of the bear loved the world over. You can expect a certain amount of romanticising from the movie, Christopher himself is documented as saying the Pooh stories blighted his life, but even knowing that it’s hard to imagine he didn’t have the most magical childhood. Read More

Nelson Mandela Prison Letters to be Published for the First Time

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Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison before being released, becoming the country’s first black head of state and ending apartheid in South Africa, and in this time he had plenty of spare hours to write letters. Despite the time passing since his release, and his death in 2013, these letters have never been seen but all that is about to change as publishers W W Norton announce that they will be publishing the ‘authorise and authentic’ collection next year.

The letters have been assembled from a collections held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the South African Archives and the Mandela family. Mandela was a political prisoner between 1962 and 1990, in which time he had plenty of time for writing, writing hundreds of letters to loved ones, to authorities and to government officials. These letters will now be serialised in this new collection with Volume 1 expected in July 2018. Read More