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Missing Oxford Comma Costs Dairy $10 million

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Here at For Reading Addicts we’re often seen promoting the use of proper grammar, but so often we’re told that good grammar doesn’t matter. Well here’s proof it does, as a legal wrangle ends in a $10 million bill for a dairy company, and it’s all over a missing Oxford comma. Read More

Michael Morpurgo to Publish Retelling of the Wizard of Oz

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HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry. Read More

Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott Reads Sea Grapes

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Sir Derek Alton Walcott (January 1930- March 2017) was an award-winning poet from Saint Lucia; born to parents who adored poetry and art, Derek and his twin brother Roderick (a playwright) seemed destined to be creative and expressive themselves.

Sadly Derek passed away in March 2017, but he has left an extensive legacy of poetry that gained much recognition through the decades. He wrote his first poem at 14 and, with help from his mother, he self-published his works, and eventually gained a scholarship to the University College of the West Indies.

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Winner of Inaugural Jhalak Prize for BAME Authors Announced

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The Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (BAME) was only set up last year, to challenge the lack of diversity in literature, and the first winner is announced as Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.

The prize was founded last year to improve the poor representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and was funded by an anonymous donor. Now the first year is complete, it’s announced that the prize will run again next year. Read More

Tumblr’s Top 20 Books of 2016

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Tumblr’s fandoms can be intense and fiercely loyal; from the hit TV series Supernatural to the magical world of Harry Potter, the fans blog and reblog their most-loved moments within their favourite fictional worlds. Books are so popular on Tumblr that they have earned their own tag- Booklr- where bookish friends come together. There we discuss our favourite books, post pictures of our latest reads, and blog about classic and modern literature.

The Tumblr elves have been hard at work exploring the posts and tags within them, to create lists of the Top 20 most popular and most discussed books on Tumblr. Let us show you what they have found…

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British Book Awards: Shortlists 2017 – Fiction Book of the Year

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The British Book Awards shortlists have been announced for 2017, covering a large range of books and genres. The shortlists cover six categories with six selections in each category and this week we’ll be bringing you one category a day, allowing you to savour the entire shortlist.

From this year, the Bookseller will host the British Book Awards, and it’s meant a few changes that we think readers will appreciate. Read More

Author Finds Skip Full of Books Outside Closed Bookshop

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Bibliophiles may want to view the following scenes through their fingers, it’s the very worst of all horror scenes. In Hull, City of Culture, an author has stumbled across a skip full of books outside a closed down independent bookshop!

Author of Isolation Junction Jennifer Gilmour lives in the city and yesterday while walking home stumbled across these terrible scenes. Hardbacks, paperbacks and even some rare editions, all piled up, open to the elements in a skip in the city. Read More