On This Day in Literature: 50 Years of June

By June 2, 2016New Releases

Our flashback feature is proving popular as every month we look back through five decades of literature marking 50 years of the present month. This month it’s June 2016 and so we have a book from each decade marking 50 years of June.

This is a great way to look back at past releases, books you may have loved and eagerly awaited and the popular books and trends through the ages. We hope this month’s selections make you smile, or possibly even offer something for the TBR.

June 2006

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Talking of long awaited books, those that waited for the paperback version of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince had to wait until 23rd June 2006 to get their hands on a copy.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince US
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince UK

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June 1996

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

It was 1st June 1996 when Penguin Books first published Bridget Jones’s Diary, a book that would become a world bestseller and a movie adaptation too.

Bridget Jones’s Diary US
Bridget Jones’s Diary UK

Bridget Jones’s Diary Review

June 1986

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter – Beatrix Potter

Many years after the author’s death, on June 1986 Penguin published in full colour, the 23 original tales of Beatrix Potter a book that would sit on many a child’s bookshelf for years to come

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter US
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter UK

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June 1976

Sleeping Murder – Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is as much loved today as she always was, and on 17th June she switched publisher to Harper Collins and released Sleeping Murder where Miss Marple turns ghost hunter to uncover the perfect crime in her final mystery.

Sleeping Murder US
Sleeping Murder UK

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June 1966

Octopussy and The Living Daylights – Ian Fleming

On 23rd June 1966 the final James Bond short stories were published as Octopussy and The Living Daylights. Fleming, who created the 007 character died in 1964.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights US
Octopussy and The Living Daylights UK

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That was quite a mixed bag today and I can hardly believe it’s ten years since The Half Blood Prince was released! We hope these books brought back some memories for you, more next month!

 



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