100 Nasty Women of History Set to be Festive Bestseller

By November 14, 2017Literature, New Releases

When Donald Trump stood on the podium during the 2016 presidential campaign and called Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman’ he could never imagine that it would become not only one of his most quoted lines, but the line that women all over the world took up and wore like a crown.

Since the off hand remark was made, writers and journalists have shown that through history the women who rocked the boat were the women who got things done, and the phrase has inspired lots of positive action.

This month a new nonfiction history book is released, and 100 Nasty Women from History is set to show the world just how much ‘nasty women’ have got done. The phrase has been taken to mean women who do things that are traditionally considered to be unladylike, women who are outspoken, and those who have pushed the boundaries, and 100 Nasty Women from History takes 100 women, born between 240 and 1932.

There are way too many women featured in the book to mention, but the book features women from history who changed the world.

Take Zenobia for example, born in the year 240 and married to King Odainat of Syria in 255. History remembers her as a mega babe, but she was one seriously boss bitch, hunting, battling and leading her own military expeditions, her husband was killed by the Romans in 267, but Zenoia just went off and conquered Egypt instead, becoming queen of half the world.

Or Njinga of Angola, born in 1583 she went on to become queen of the court and successfully kept the independence of the Ngongo and Matamba kingdoms against the Portuguese, reconquered lands, and despite leading fighters in regular skirmishes, died of old age in 1663.

Or maybe Jean Macnamara whose research led to the discovery that there was one than one strain of the polio virus. Her vital work was a direct step towards the eventual vaccine, making Macnamara the reason many of us have only seen polio in history books.

This book is witty, brilliant and diverse, including women throughout history and from all over the world. It’s out now, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to find it a Christmas bestseller.

Michael Rosen and Tony Ross Recreate a Christmas Classic

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“This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of “A Christmas Carol”, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?”

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100 Nasty Women of History Set to be Festive Bestseller

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When Donald Trump stood on the podium during the 2016 presidential campaign and called Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman’ he could never imagine that it would become not only one of his most quoted lines, but the line that women all over the world took up and wore like a crown.

Since the off hand remark was made, writers and journalists have shown that through history the women who rocked the boat were the women who got things done, and the phrase has inspired lots of positive action. Read More

5 New Collections for the Poetry Fan in Your Life

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Poetry collections always make lovely gifts for the reader. Books can be hard to buy as gifts, especially for readers as you often don’t know what they love, or what they’ve already read. But a collection of poetry is like a garden you can wander through the gate of whenever you like, spending a few moments or a few hours!

When many of us think of poetry we often think of stuffy tomes and undecipherable old English but modern poetry isn’t like that at all, and to show you, we’ve put together a list of 5 poetry collections, all released in recent years and all bright, modern, relatable and engaging and by poets who are very much still alive. Read More

Non-Fiction Books Are Setting Bookshops Alight This Christmas

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Last year’s seasonal hit was Norwegian Wood- a guide to chopping, stacking, and drying wood- and this year it looks like we are finally able to burn the stuff.

The hottest non-fiction books this Christmas are titles about bushcraft, firelighting, and wilderness survival. It seems people are looking to nature more and more, and getting ready to connect with the natural world around them.

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Final Paddington Bear Adventure to Be Published on the Anniversary of His Creator’s Death

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Michael Bond, the creator of the beloved Paddington Bear, sadly passed away earlier this year on 27 June at the age of 91. On the first anniversary of his death, Paddington’s last outing, which Bond was working on shortly before his passing, will be published.

“He was working on it very shortly before he died,” said Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel. “It hadn’t been illustrated, but it was there in manuscript form, and it’s lovely … He kept that magic touch right until the end. He always had to be writing, it was always his way, right through his life.” Read More



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