The Classics

Modern Day Classics: If Literature Logged On

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The world has changed so much through the years and many works of classic literature were written in a time that is unrecognisable today. But what if we brought the classics up to date and allowed literature to log on?

Well that’s exactly what Flipsnack did, reimagining classic novels in today’s digital age to hilarious results. Read More

£2 Million of Antique Books Stolen in Cat Burglar Heist

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Antique books worth £2 million have been stolen in an audacious burglary, likened to a scene from Mission Impossible or a spy novel.

Allesandro Meda Riquier was storing books at a warehouse near Heathrow Airport, ready to be flown to an event in California, he had 51 books, worth £1 million stolen in the robbery in which 160 publications were stolen.

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If Classics Were Cookery Books…

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A fellow Reading Addict has come up with some parodies of classic titles for our entertainment! Have you ever wondered what classic books would be called if they were centred around food and cooking? No, neither had I, until Philip sent us his list… I took his suggestions of foodie-classics and created these ten parody book covers for your amusement. Enjoy!

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Pulp The Classics turn classics into fun pulp fiction

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I’m a bit of a fan of the book cover, and I love retro covers so you can imagine my excitement when one of our book club members posted covers from Pulp the Classics. The company is a new imprint giving the nation’s favourite classic novels original retro covers, in that pulp fiction style that is so iconic, and the fantastic news is, all the versions are completely unabridged so you don’t have to sacrifice your favourite classics to own one of these beauties! Read More

Match The Movie To The Book It Was Based On!

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Some of the world’s most famous movies were originally written as books- from romantic flicks to children’s adventures. It seems authors have helped the movie world immensely. There are obvious favourites such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey, or The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King. There have been also been countless editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1862) by Lewis Carrol. Charles Dickens’ newspaper serial Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress (1837-1839), has been used time and again for stage and screen. Also noteworthy are lesser-known stories such as a BBC mini-series (2013) adapted from Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen. Read More

Your Top Ten Tolkien Characters

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Beginning in 1937 with The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien’s world of wizards, hobbits, dragons and other mythical beings, has captured the hearts and imaginations of many readers. Asking to choose just one favourite character turned out to be quite difficult for many Reading Addicts… There are so many books to choose from, and so many personalities within them, and we enjoy them for different reasons. Read More

Penguin to Add 46 Little Black Classics

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Little Black Classics Gets Bigger!

Last year, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first Penguin Classic, Penguin launched the Little Black Classics Series, and based on the original pricing sold them for just 80p each. Collectors were thrilled at the news and headed out to stock the shelves with the 60 classics.

Over the last year 2.2 million copies of the Little Black Classics have been sold, and if you’ve just finished your collection then we have some news for you!

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W. B. Yeats Quote Quiz!

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Death: A Poem by W.B Yeats

Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;
Many times he died,
Many times rose again.
A great man in his pride
Confronting murderous men
Casts derision upon
Supersession of breath;
He knows death to the bone
Man has created death. 

The Irish poet W. B. Yeats died on the 28th January 1939 and we have created a Yeats’ quote quiz to celebrate his wit and wisdom. How many can you complete? Read More