New Release: Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt

Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve By Ben Blatt.

Available for pre-order now!

Ben Blatt, former staff writer for Slate and The Harvard Lampoon, and co-author of I Don’t Care If We Never Go Back, has a new book coming out that will appeal to those of us who geek out over literary statistics and bookish facts. Ben, a journalist with a penchant for collecting and analysing data, has delved into our favourite authors’ words and found some surprising, and not so surprising, conclusions. 

Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is out on 14th March 2017 in hardback, and 23rd of March on Kindle, and you can pre-order now.




In Blatt’s newest offering we find out how Vladimir Nabokov used the word “mauve” 44 times more often than one would expect. This makes perfect sense once we find out that Nabokov had synesthesia which meant he would see colours when he read or wrote a certain letter or word. This is particularly telling as he tended to use colour within his writing at four times the rate as other authors.

Hardback release: 14th March 2017. Kindle release: 23rd March 2017. Mark your calendar now!

Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster’s co-authored book I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back is available to buy now.

 

Full of humour and hijinks, this book tells of when Ben and Eric go on an epic road-trip in an attempt to see 30 baseball games, in 30 stadiums, in 30 days…. But can they achieve it?




Mr Men and Doctor Who Mash-Up Books Are Out Now!

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Since 1963 Doctor Who has been on our screens and in our lives, expanding into books, comics, a movie spin-off, and so much more besides.

A while back we told you about the Roger Heargreaves’ Mr Men/Doctor Who mash up that was in the works, and finally we will wait no longer! They. Have. Arrived!

Before we show you the first lot on offer, let’s have a moment to prepare ourselves, while The Warp Zone sing the song of my people…

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New Kingsman Comic Book and Movie Due in 2017

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Secret Service (later renamed Kingsman: Secret Service to keep in line with the movie adaptation) is a spy adventure comic book for the 21st century.

After the success of the film adaptation of Kingsman: Secret Service in 2015, there is due another release out very soon named Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The latest movie boasts a fabulous cast of Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and more.

The second film does not appear to be a comic book adaptation, but a stand-alone story. Excitingly, along with the film release, Kingsman creator Mark Millar has announced a new comic book release too. This is excellent news for Kingsman fans, as the title seems to hint towards further movie tie-ins… Check out Mark’s tweet below, and the trailer to the newest Kingsman movie.

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New Memoir Coming from war-torn Aleppo

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Every day, we open the newspaper, Twitter accounts, Facebook or news apps and see what’s happening around the world. We are bombarded with information but how much of the ground reality do we really understand? We comfortably sip our tea when someone is dying of thirst in a desert. Our kids run for their school bus when children in some countries have their schools blown apart. At the end of the day, we are eager to get back to the comfort of our homes but many do not have a place to call home.

It is only when we read first-hand accounts of war stories or lives in such areas that we are somewhat moved. But we wouldn’t realize what a mother in Afghanistan, or a child in Gaza goes through. Read More

On This Day in Literature: 50 Years of April

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At the start of each month we take a nostalgic look back at the new releases of the past and the books we’ve loved over the last five decades. The year is flying by and spring is in the air as we move into April, and now it’s time for another look back over 50 years of literature with five decades of April releases.

Maybe you read some of these as they were released, or maybe we can offer some inspiration for the TBR today. Here are fifty years of April releases. Read More

Cathy Glass to Release Crime Fiction Novel

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Cathy Glass, best known for her nonfiction fostering memoirs is to turn her hand to fiction, and a brand new genre with the release of a crime fiction novel to be released next year.

Glass is a prolific author having written eighteen fostering memoirs, three novels based on true stories within the same genre, and five self help books on parenting and writing. In total the author and foster carer has sold 1.53 million books with her bestseller Damaged (USUK) selling over a quarter of a million copies. Read More

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