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Harry Potter and friends coming to a postage stamp near you!

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Stamp collectors and Harry Potter fans are becoming a Venn diagram of mutual appreciation since Royal Mail have commissioned this exclusive new design!

The Westminster Collection, who have produced some fantastic literary designs in the past, bring us these brand-new Harry Potter inspired stamps, officially postmarked by the Royal Mail. Each collector receives one of the 4,995 exclusive sets of 15 individually designed stamps- all set in a simple frame.

Our favourite Harry Potter characters from the movie adaptation adorn the stamps- from Harry and his friends to Professors Sprout, Snape, and Trelawney, among others.

See the full collection and grab them while they are still in stock at The Westminster Collection!

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Book finally sold after being on the shelf for nearly 30 years

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A book about William the Conqueror was fast becoming the most ignored book in the UK- until it was finally purchased 27 years after it was first placed on the book shop shelf.

Broadhursts of Southport is an independent bookshop situated in Merseyside, NW England, where each book is individually selected based on its own merit. The Pitkin children’s biography of William the Conqueror was stocked in the 1990s by 84-year-old Marie, who now works part time, and they never lost faith the book would sell.

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Stephen King’s The Outsider Optioned for Television

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It’s only a few months since the big release of Stephen King’s The Outsider but the news is it’s already been optioned for television and a ten-part series is in the works!

It’s reported that Media Rights Capital has picked up the rights to King’s latest epic tome and plan to turn it into a ten-episode adaptation. No partner network has yet been announced but it’s likely to go to one of the many streaming services now available.
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Sarah Govett‘s The Territory Optioned for Television

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I was lucky enough to meet Sarah Govett at a book signing event last year and she is the loveliest lady. Govett is the author of The Territory, a YA trilogy that looks at a post-apocalyptic world after global warming and rising sea levels.

The fantasy thriller is set in the UK where dry land is scarce and teenagers must pass a exam or be sent to the disease-ridden wetlands, but the system is skewed to favour children from wealthy families who can afford information nodes, impregnated into the backs of their necks.
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Charlie Hebdo Survivor Philippe Lancon wins Respected Paris Book Prize

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When two militant gunmen burst into the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in 2015 it shook the entire world, and journalists and writers especially felt the price the journalists had paid for free speech.

Now three years later, journalist Philippe Lancon who was injured in the deadly attacks has won the Femina Prize, a prestigious award for his book, Le Lambeau, an account of the attack and how it has affected Lancon’s life.

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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is Barnes and Nobles’ Fastest-Selling Book of 2018

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Released a week ago today, Michelle Obama’s latest book Becoming has become Barnes and Nobles’ fastest-selling book in terms of first week sales. The book has enjoyed the most successful first-week launch of an adult book in over three years and has also surpassed other high profile releases such as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s Fear.

As Good Reader reports, the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced that Becoming sold over 725,000 copies on its first day of release, meaning it’s the publisher’s highest single-day sales of any book this year.
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18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

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Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

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The Literary and Film World Pay Tribute to William Goldman

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This week the tragic news of William Goldman’s death reached us, author of the Princess Bride among many other screenplays, adaptations, and novels. We paid tribute to Goldman in this piece and now the literary world has spoken out about the writer’s death.

Across social media well known names spoke out about Goldman, their relationship with him and the ways in which he touched their lives.
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Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2018

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The Books are My Bag Readers Awards are back for a third year, offering their own unique award system. The Awards really are one of a kind, the only book awards curated by bookshops and voted for by booklovers.

This year the award has added a new category for poetry, alongside the seven existing categories. Books are My Bag asked you to vote and you did so in your thousands and the winners are now in for the Books are My Bag Readers Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens.
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New Teaser Out for New Niantic Wizards Unite Game

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It’s almost a year to the day since we brought you the news that Niantic are working on a Pokemon Go style game for Harry Potter fans. The game, Wizards Unite is promised in 2019 and is a collaboration between Niantic, Inc, Warner Bros and Portkey games.

The game will offer all the AR fun of Pokemon, but instead of catching Pokemon, players will have the chance to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter Fantastic Beasts and iconic characters along the way. Read More