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‘Becoming’ Named Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year!

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Becoming by Michelle Obama became the fastest selling book of 2018 and has now been named as Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year 2018.

It seems nothing can stop Mrs Obama’s memoirs from reaching many places around the globe including Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Korea, and South Africa.

Thanks to its great success the US literary giants Barnes & Noble have named Becoming as their Book of the Year 2018.

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Irvine Welsh Wades in on Brexit and US Politics in His Own Unique Voice

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Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and many other gritty Scottish tomes is a regular on Twitter and can often be found wading in on the issues of the day.

The Scottish author and social commenter has made no secret of the fact that he thinks Brexit sucks and after government discussions, resignations and the possibility of a Brexit deal this week he’s made his feelings on the matter well known.
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Dreams of Leaving and Remaining will Examine Brexit’s Tribulations

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With less than six months to go until one of the biggest splits for European politics in living memory, the British public still has far more questions than answers about Brexit. British journalist and novelist, James Meek has been taking a closer look at Brexit and what it will mean for the British public. His findings make for an interesting read in his new book called Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, which is to be published by Verso Books in March.
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JK Rowling Throws Shade at Lying Press Secretary

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JK Rowling defends her Queen of Twitter crown by tweeting Sarah Huckabee Sanders a quote from George Orwell’s book 1984.

On Thursday 8th November 2018 US press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out a fake video in defence of the White House’s decision to ban CNN reporter Jim Acosta. The video shows a doctored version of what really happened at the press conference, with fakery meant to discredit Acosta, make him look more violent than he was, and make the decision to ban him less…reactionary and unpresidential.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has shown her hand with this poor choice of ‘evidence’- the video has been so obviously doctored with the video sped up to make it seem like Acosta used more force than he actually did. The desperation of Sanders and her team is palpable, going as far as using sources from well-known alt-right and conspiracy theorists to back up her POTUS’ ever-increasingly crazy claims.

Tweet after tweet after tweet in response to the doctored video put Sanders in her place (although she has yet to delete the fake video), and our fave JK Rowling joined in with a very apt quote from the dystopian fiction 1984. 

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Writer Brands Disney’s Aladdin “Racist,” Calls for Feminist Endings to the Company’s Fairytales

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Scarlett Curtis, the daughter of famed British screenwriter, producer and film director Richard Curtis, has stated she believes Disney’s Aladdin is ” a little bit racist” and has called for feminist endings to more of Disney’s fairytale stories. While appearing on Good Morning Britain, Scarlett stated the films give children, particularly girls, an “unrealistic expectation” of life and teaches young girls they should pursue their Prince Charming.

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The Secret Civil Servant Promises to Show Inside Story of Brexit

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Whatever newspaper you read it’s hard not to notice that Brexit negotiations aren’t really going as planned and no amount of shouting ‘the will of the people’ seems to be helping us get a good deal, or a promise that we won’t walk away with nothing.

Now an anonymous civil servant has written a “hilarious and horrifying” account of the government amid the chaos that is Brexit and it’s due for release a few weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union.
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Religious Activist Burns LGBT Books (and we’re suggesting them to read!)

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A religious activist who is the leader of a northwest Iowa pro-life, anti-homosexuality Facebook group made a Facebook Live video on Friday in which he burned several LGBT books from the Orange City Public Library, during the city’s Orange County Pride Event last weekend.

The video, which has now been removed from Facebook show Paul Dorr taking a page straight from the Nazi playbook, showed Dorr burning several books, all with an LGBT message in what he said was protest to the reading of children’s book Bunnybear at the local OC Pride event.

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PEN America to Sue Donald Trump for Restricting Freedom of Speech

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Writers’ group PEN America, which consists of many well known writers and novelists, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against President Donald Trump for ‘violations of America’s First Amendment’.

The group is attempting to “stop President Trump from using the machinery of government to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes”. The First Amendment of the US constitution protects freedom of speech and PEN aren’t the only group to voice concerns about how Trump has attempted to shut down journalism.
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‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward Has Sold Almost as Many Copies in a Week as ‘The Art of the Deal’ Has in 30 Years

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Bob Woodward’s Fear is arguably the biggest book of 2018 and, despite being released only last week, has already sold over a million copies. It was reported that the book sold 750,000 copies in its first day of sales alone. Fear‘s publisher Simon & Schuster spoke to CNN on Tuesday and said it had sold more than 1.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling book in the company’s history. A tenth printing is currently on order which will push book sales up to 1.2 million copies sold.
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