American aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart, was born July 24th 1897 and disappeared July 2nd 1937. Her story captured many hearts and minds, and inspired a great deal of speculation surrounding her disappearance.
On June 17th, in 1928, Amelia left Newfoundland to become the first female passenger to fly Atlantic. She was also the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.
Even nearly a century later, she still inspires and is admired, the whole world over.
Here are 5 of the best books about her available today…
He is now household name and over the years has been played by over ten different men- now that list also includes American actor, John Malkovich.
The BBC has announced a new Hercule Poirot series produced in conjunction with Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited adaptation of The ABC Murders. The series will be first shown on BBC One.
The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.
Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.
The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.
Don’t let the name of the genre put you off though- young adult is a mere label and does not mean we fully grown and ‘mature’ (hahahah) crowd cannot read them too.
Check out the list below- something may grab your fancy.
The hall of fame for sci-fi and fantasy has been going since 1996 and Lee will be the first comic book writer to be included. Both he and Rowling have made a significant impact on the world of pop culture this past decade, with a stream of books and movies and an ever-expanding universe for both Marvel and the Potter fandom.
As many good writers know one key to great writing is a lot of reading- and Gaiman is no different. His love for writing goes hand-in-hand with reading, so the BBC asked for his favourite science fiction novels.
These are the books he decided upon…
The 16 original books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final fantastic 6. After much deliberation those 6 were discussed and debated until one winner was decided upon.
Congratulations to the winner- Kamila Shamsie with Home Fire.
Fingers crossed something emerges in the future…