Controversial Milo Yiannopoulos Memoirs Cancelled

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The furore has rumbled on for weeks with protests about Simon & Schuster’s plans to publish the memoirs of controversial far-right provocateur Milo Yianopoulos’ memoirs.

Protestors battled the plans to publish, quoting Yiannopoulos’ scathing remarks about women, and transgender people but that wasn’t enough to deter S&S from publishing the memoirs and they pressed ahead with the plan. Read More

Mysterious Benefactors Fund Giveaway of Dystopian Fiction

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Urging readers to ‘fight back’

It was just a couple of weeks ago we reported that Penguin are ordering a reprint of the dystopian novel 1984, with books like The Handmaid’s Tale also hitting the bestsellers’ list, years after their original release. Now a mysterious benefactor in San Francisco has funded a mass giveaway of books urged to inspire the ‘fight back’ against the Trump era, enlisted George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Erik Larson to assist the cause. Read More

Dr Seuss, J. K Rowling, Fascism and the Arts

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I can remember when I was a child first learning about fascism through history with stories of World War II and the Nazi empire, learning about all the things that fascists tried to control. Many of the things on the list I could understand, disdain for human rights, rampant nationalism, obsession with national security but I never really understood why fascists hated the arts so much. Read More

Read Your Way Around the Muslim Ban Countries

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PotUS 45’s current travel restrictions, dubbed the ‘Muslim travel ban’ have been little out of the news all week as restrictions are put on all travellers, as opposed to those involved in criminality. If you’re outraged by this movement that has left both foreign travellers and Green Card holders stranded, then you may be looking to show some support, and as always we’re doing that in a bookish way, recommending authors from the Muslim ban countries. Read More

Surge of Sales for Dystopia Forces Penguin to Reprint Orwell’s 1984

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75,000 New Copies to be Printed

Penguin, the publisher of classic dystopian novel 1984 has ordered a 75,000 copy reprint of the book this week in demand of a surge in sales since President Trump’s inauguration. 1984 has been long compared with political movements, but in the world of alternative facts, it seems commentators believe we have finally descended in a world of ‘newspeak’ and sales of the novel are the highest for years and it’s the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon right now. Read More

10 Bookish Protest Signs from the Women’s March

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On Saturday 21st January, 2017, women marched in peaceful protest. Over 3 million people all over the world marched in solidarity with American women, and showed their love and understanding with some of the most clever, funny, and inspirational protest signs around. We have collected some of these signs from various protests- all bookish and literary inspired! On the right you can see the ACTUAL Margaret Atwood who joined the march.

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10 George Orwell Quotes on Power and Politics

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George Orwell (25th June 1903 – 21st January 1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and social commentator. His works deal with themes of social injustice, totalitarianism and he was an outspoken supporter of democratic socialism.

Much of his work centred around politics and his influence so great he gave us the word ‘Orwellian’ to describe something totalitarian or overly authoritarian, and many of his neologisms such as Cold War, Big Brother, Room 101, Memory Hole, Thought Police and others are part of every day language today. Read More