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10 Kenneth Grahame Quotes to Make You Want to Head to the Country

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Kenneth Grahame (8th March 1859 – 6th July 1932) was a Scottish writer known best for his children’s classics The Wind in the Willows and The Reluctant Dragon. Born in Edinburgh Scotland, Grahame’s mother died when he was 5 and his care was taken over by his grandmother, meaning a move to Berkshire where the writer was raised. Read More

7 True Quotations from Ralph Ellison

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Ralph Waldo Ellison was born on 1st March 1914 in Oklahoma City and was educated at Tuskegee University Alabama. During his time at the University, Ellison worked in the library where he spent his free time reading the likes of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein.

Ellison moved to New York in 1936 where he wrote many reviews and short stories and first met Rosa Araminter Poindexter, who became his wife in 1938. It was, however, his second wife Fanny McConnell who supported him whilst he wrote his most famous work “Invisible Man” (USUK), which was published in 1952. This story of a man’s search for identity, won him the National Book Award in 1953. Read More

10 Wise Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on the 28th of August 1749 and died on the 22nd of March 1832.

The German writer was best known for his drama Faust, however he was also an accomplished writer, philosopher, and scientist.

He wrote Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) and Theory of Colors (1810), and helped make great strides in natural sciences and inspired fellow scientists for many years after.

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7 Poetic Quotes from W. H Auden

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Anglo-American poet Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York on the 21st February 1907.

He graduated form Oxford in 1928 and after spending a year in Germany returned to the UK to become a teacher.

Possibly best known for his poem “Funeral Blues”, made famous by the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. He won the Pulizer Prize in 1947 for “The Age of Anxiety”. Read More

9 Amy Tan Quotes to Sum up Life and Love

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Amy Tan (19th February 1952) is an American writer with Chinese heritage whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Tan has written several novels and is best known for works such as The Joy Luck Club (also a major movie), and The Kitchen God’s Wife.

Born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants, John and Daisy Tan who escaped to America in order to get away from the Chinese Civil War. After school, Tan would receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and linguistics before writing her first novel The Joy Luck Club (USUK). Read More

8 Brilliant Brendan Behan Quotes

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Brendan Francis Aidan Behan (9th February, 1923 – 20th March, 1964) was an Irish writer, novelist, poet and playwright, writing in both English and Irish. Behan is widely regarded as one of the great Irish writers and poets of all time.

Born in Dublin to a staunchly republican family, Behan became a member of the Irish Republic Army’s youth division at the age of fourteen, and joined the main IRA at 16, leading to him serving time in borstal and prison in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read More

10 Marvellous Norman Mailer Quotes

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Norman Mailer was born on the 31st of January 1923 and died on the 10th of November in 2007.  Mailer was an American novelist, essayist, journalist, playwright, actor, film-maker, and political activist. He is perhaps best known for his novel The Naked and the Dead which was published in 1948 and The Executioner’s Song (1979) for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

His work has seen him win book prizes and renown in literary circles, and has given us many excellent quotes.

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10 Reflective Quotes By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria on the 15th of September 1977. The award-winning author published Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006 and the next year it received the Orange Prize for Fiction. The exquisitely written novel was also featured in the New York Times′s 100 Most Notable Books of the Year.

“Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined. [It] is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.”

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10 Quotes From The Unforgettable Nevil Shute

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Nevil Shute Norway  was born on the 17th of January, 1899 and died on the 12th of January, 1960. He was an English-Australian novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name in his engineering career and ‘Nevil Shute’ as his pen name for his novels including On the Beach and A Town Like Alice.

Three of his novels were featured in the ‘Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century’: A Town Like Alice at number 17, Trustee from the Toolroom at 27, and On the Beach at 56. Other notable dedications to Shute are two streets in Hampshire, UK that were named for him, as was one in Victoria, Australia.

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10 Mind-Bending Quotes From Dirk Gently

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Dirk Gently was created by Douglas Adams in the late 1980s. He featured in the novels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987), The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (1988), and the posthumously published and unfinished The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2001). 

Dirk Gently was born ‘Svlad Cjelli’ but changed his name to ‘Dirk Gently’ as his own, as he stated, had a “Scottish dagger feel to it”.His detective agency is characteristic of Douglas Adams’ quirky writing in that it is utterly out of the ordinary. Dirk runs the “holistic detective agency” making use of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” to solve crime and find people.

Two television adaptations have arisen throughout the years with the most popular currently being shown on Netflix and starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood. Douglas Adams’ original novels are particularly difficult to adapt for the screen, however screenwriter Max Landis has managed to take the original energy of the books and created an exciting and mind bending series!

Here are ten of our favourite quotes from the original books- fans of the Netflix series will be pleased to notice how true to character Landis has been in moulding his own Dirk for the small screen, based on these Douglas Adams original lines.

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