David Bowie Book Club

David Robert Jones, Musician, Song writer, Reader.

January is a tough month for David Bowie fans, being both his birthday, 8th January 1947 and the anniversary of his death, 10th January 2016.

I’ve been a fan of Bowie for as long as I can remember, music is my 2nd obsession, after books obviously, so I was delighted when a list of David Bowie’s Top 100 books was published back in 2013. See the full list here.

Then last month I was really excited to read a tweet by his son Duncan Jones saying that he was going to launch a book club in tribute to his late father.

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I’ve always intended to read the whole list, which includes some of my favourite classics, Lolita, Clockwork Orange, In Cold Blood and 1984, but my TBR pile is taking over my whole house!

I may not be reading along with all his choices, but I will be closely following

Duncan Jones on Twitter, @ManMadeMoon, to see which books he picks, and what everyone thinks of them.

A big well done to Duncan Jones for keeping his late Father’s love of reading alive.

Royal Mail and the Inappropriate Shakespeare Play

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To celebrate the birthday of Mr William Shakespeare, the Royal Mail decided to dedicate some postboxes to the bard. They wrote quotes from his famous play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on postboxes across the country but failed to notice the irony of their mistake.

Anyone who has read or seen the tragedy would know that the plight of the poor youngsters may have been prevented if a letter had arrived on time. Their deaths were at the hands of a late delivery! Perhaps Royal Mail had neglected to remember that fact when they chose this play over LITERALLY ANY OTHER.

Twitter became awash with snarky comments from ‘um actually’ types who couldn’t wait to let Royal Mail know their mistake.

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Teaser Trailer Released for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ TV Adaptation

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First published in 2006, Sharp Objects is the first novel written by Gillian Flynn who has since shot to fame following the release of her most well known novel Gone Girl. Sharp Objects follows a newspaper journalist named Camille Preaker who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As the bodies begin to mount, Camille’s past comes back to haunt her and things get very creepy indeed. Read More

The Great American Read Coming to PBS

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If there’s one thing I’m sure we can all agree it’s that there aren’t enough books on the television, but all that is about to change with several bookish shows lined up this year. Just a few weeks ago we brought you the news that Zoe Ball is to front a television bookclub in the UK and now it’s announced that an eight part series ‘The Great American Read’ is to air on PBS. Read More

8 Books that Capture Caribbean Voices and the Spirit of the Windrush Generation

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Dominating the news in the UK and around the world this week is the despicable treatment of the Windrush generation, a generation of Caribbean migrants who came to Britain after World War II to provide labour.

The name comes from HMT Windrush, a troopship that brought 492 migrant workers to Tilbury Docks, London on 22nd June 1948. These people were the first to land on our shores, and the name came to mean anyone that arrived in this movement, which lasted until 1971. Read More

UK Short Story Competition Open Now!

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Calling all British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers- this competition needs your talent!

This year heralds the third annual BAME short story competition run by The Guardian Newspaper and 4th Estate team. The prize celebrates the talents of British ethnic minority writers who are in need of representation and promotion.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

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