Reddit User Discovers His Grandfather’s Image as Iconic Book Cover

By December 3, 2017Literature
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Isn’t the Internet a wonderful place? Years ago you could use unlicensed old photographs and chances are that no one would ever know, but thanks to virility and online communities such as Reddit and others, things have a tendency to be discovered!

This is what one Reddit user found out when he posted a picture of his grandfather to share with others. It seems his grandfather was a bit of a lad in his day, and this image from 1949 seems to capture that perfectly.

We’ve borrowed and blown up the image, it’s a little grainy but do you know the iconic book it appears as the cover photo on?

Did you get it? Almost immediately after Reddit user jimmydadean posted the pic, someone else came along and posted the iconic Penguin Classics cover of the Outsiders by S. E Hinton, containing this exact photograph, edited and reversed.

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This led to the user posting proof that the original photograph was indeed his granddad and tell a little of his grandfather’s story. In his own words:

“Some more context. When my grandfather was young he was a bit of a scoundrel. His home life was, I can only assume, terrible as he refused to talk about it. He ran away, joined a circus, a gang of youths, and was eventually arrested. He never really talked about this part of his life and he certainly wasn’t proud of it.

The judge, instead of prison, sentenced him to the equivalent of community service as a bakers apprentice (so the story goes). He has always been incredibly grateful for the opportunity to turn his life around thanks to that judge, and he did just that.

He would go on to work for Boeing, join the army, and continue baking, all while raising a family. We loved him, and he loved us. He was a good man who came from a dark place, and with one shimmer of kindness and hard work he turned his life into something amazing.”

And if his grandfather didn’t already have a pretty fascinating story, it seems that his photograph was picked up by Penguin Books, probably for some archive making the image iconic for many.

6 modern classics guaranteed to encourage children to read

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Children can be reluctant readers sometimes and all it takes is one great title to spark their interest.

Some of the classics we read as children aren’t quite as inspiring to today’s generation as they once were so it is time to shake things up with a new list of exciting titles.

Inclusively covering ages 5-15 years, the following list should have a book recommendation perfect for any child you know.

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BAME Short Story Competition Shortlisters Announced

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The BAME Short Story Competition from The Guardian/Fourth Estate was announced back in April 2018 and six finalists have now been announced.

The competition was created to help promote the work of British Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers who have been vastly underrepresented in the publishing world.

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

The six finalists for this year’s competition have been announced- with stories about pixies and changeling children, Grenfell Tower, grief and music, and more.

The overall winner will be announced on the 12th of September.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: August

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Those who have been around a while will remember our Hit of the Lits feature, a top 20 of the books you’ve loved in the previous month. Well on popular request we’re giving this feature a reboot with a new name and a new layout.

Last month we created a poll in our reading group The Cwts, and that poll has run all month giving you the chance to add your favourite read from the last thirty days. With July now over we have our top 20 for August and here it is, the readers’ choice top 20 for August.

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This ex-NFL player has a lot to say about books!

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Martellus Bennett is an ex-NFL player who retired from playing football in March. His retirement came after 10 seasons of football and making nearly $34 million in total contracts and sponsors.

Bennett is a voracious reader, a habit he picked up partly from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who had challenged himself to read a new book every other week for a whole year.

“I started reading a lot of books because Zuckerberg was doing it,” he commented.

Many NFL players spend their hard earned cash on cars and property but Bennett has spent thousands on building up his own library.

“I have about 3,500 books, maybe more… I have a library, and it’s like I want to beat Belle on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and have a better library than she had.” Bennet told news sources.

We can relate, Martellus!

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Accurately Titled Novels from Writers’ HQ

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The clever minds of Writers’ HQ on Facebook have come up with these hilarious and scathing titles for books- inspired by real life tomes and completely tongue-in-cheek.

Writers’ HQ are a bunch of no nonsense writers on a mission to help other writers “stop fucking about” and get on with their writing. They offer support online and have writing retreats around the UK “for badass writers with no time or money”. Check out their website for inspiration.

The witty folk at Writers’ HQ Facebook page created some seriously funny honest book titles for their followers which we have compiled here. Just head on over to their page and give them a Like after you have laughed your socks off here.

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Benedict Cumberbatch reads Kafka’s Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a novella published in 1915. It is written in four parts that takes us through Gregor Samsa’s initial transformation into a large, bug-like creature, to the reactions of his self and his family. It is a keen insight into the disconnect between body and mind, and the absurdity of life.

Bendysnatch Cucumberpatch has had his fingers in many pies these past few years- from being the world’s best detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr Strange (with a Dr House-esque American accent) in the Marvel universe. His smooth, English tone is perfect for telling Kafka’s tale of transformation, horrified reaction, and the surprising limits of familial sympathy.

The BBC have given us four episodes read by Bungeejump Catchthemall, all presented to you here via Loretta Cosgrove at SoundCloud!

Enjoy.

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