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John Oliver’s Marlon Bundo Named One of 2018’s Most Controversial Books

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In 2018, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President was released. It was a children’s book written by the Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by her mother, Second Lady Karen Pence. The story follows the Pence’s real life bunny Marlon Bundo as he spends the day following the Vice President on his duties. In response to Mike Pence’s LGBT attitude, the writers behind the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver decided to put out their own children’s book about the First Bunny, one that was inclusive to all sexual orientations.

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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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10 Books to Help Your Mourn the Loss of Fleabag

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It’s not often a television show speaks to me so personally but the eponymous Fleabag, which has just ended its run on BBC2 goes down as one of the best shows of my life. It was so good I watched the entire two seasons again when the last episode had finished, and days later I am still feeling her loss as keenly as the loss of a friend.

If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.
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500-Year-Old Book Catalogue Sheds Light on Thousands of Lost Books

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The Libro de los Epítomes manuscript is over 2,000 pages,  more than a foot thick, and contains summaries of the books kept in the the library of Hernando Colón, who was the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus. Colón spent his life working to create the largest library in the world  during the early part of the 16th century. The library once hosted over 15,000 books, and was constructed during Colón’s travels. Only a quarter of the collection survives to this day and the books are now stored in Seville Cathedral. However, thanks to the discover of this manuscript, we have a fresh look at the literature of the 16th century.

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The Man Booker International Shortlist 2019

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In 2004 Man Booker introduced the Man Book International Prize to complement the original prize. Sponsored by the Man group (though this is Man’s final year), the award was given out every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or available in English translation. In 2016, the prize was updated and is now handed out yearly with a £50,000 prize, traditionally shared equally between author and translator.

This week, the 2019 Man Booker International Shortlist was announced and we have those six books here for you now.

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Game of Thrones Showrunners Explain Why the Series Won’t Spoil George R.R. Martin’s Ending

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George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire became hugely popular following the success of HBO’s TV adaptation Game of Thrones, which first aired back in 2011. Eight years later and the show has become one of the most watched and talked about shows of all time and, with its final season beginning this Sunday, both book readers and show watchers are eager to see how the story ends.

 

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And the Winner of the Stella Prize 2019 is…

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The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating female authors in Australia. The prize is named after one of Australia’s most iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin and was first awarded in 2013, to grow and become one of the most respected women’s prizes around.

The award seeks to recognise and celebrate Australian women’s writer’s contribution to literature, bring more readers to books by woman, equip young readers with the skills to question gender disparities and challenge stereotypes in publishing. Each year one female writer receives a $50,000 prize and the 2019 winner has been announced.

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Julianne Moore Set to Star in Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Lisey’s Story’

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Lisey’s Story is a 2006 romance-horror novel by Stephen King in which the protagonist is Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous novelist. The book tells us two stories—Lisey’s story in the present, 2 years after the death of her husband, and Lisey’s memories regarding her husband’s life, who he really was and why he died.

Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.

Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety: 

“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”

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Netherlands Make Trains Free for Readers for National Book Week

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The Dutch love to read, and with the excellent public transport infrastructure they have in the Netherlands, its little wonder. What better way to while away a train journey than with a book? And readers who travelled last weekend during Boekenweek (Book Week) got to travel for free, so long as they were reading.

Every year since 1932 the Netherlands has encouraged reading with Boekenweek, a celebration of literature marked with literary festivals, book signings and literary events across the country.
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DC Comics cancel latest comic after backlash from conservative Christians

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DC Comics have had to withdraw from a new comic series after negative backlash from confused American conservative Christians.

Second Coming was meant to be released with DC’s Vertigo on March the 6th 2019, but the comic has since been cancelled thanks to a petition from conservative Christians. The petition stated the series was “outrageous and blasphemous”, with negativity whipped up by hyperbolic and hysterical US news outlets Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Eventually the petition gained 230,000 signatures- it begs the question how many of those signatures were reacting to their biased news source or researched the comic themselves before making a judgement about it?

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