18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

By November 20, 2018 News, Reading Habits

Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

Hunchback of Notre Dame Bestseller After Fire

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The fire at the 850-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral last week shocked the world, and our love affair with this old church is partly fuelled by Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The book, first published in March 1831 created a revival of love for the iconic building and the novel, and the following adaptations is much of the reason the Notre-Dame is so well known.

And now, Victor Hugo’s classic novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, known in French simply as Notre-Dame de Paris is at the top of Amazon’s bestseller list after a flurry of sales after the devastating fire. On Thursday morning there were four separate editions in Amazon’s top ten list, putting the novel at number 1, 3, 4, and 10 on the top ten list.

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School in Barcelona Removes Over 200 Sexist Children’s Books

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Over 200 books deemed to be sexist have been removed from the Tàber school’s infant library, which holds around 600 books in total. The books were taken off the shelves following a review by the Associació Espai i Lleure as part of an effort that aims to shed light on hidden sexist content. The group reviews each book and examines the female characters, taking note of the roles they serve and how often they speak. 30 percent of the books were found to have failed to meet the organisation’s standards and were deemed to be of no pedagogical value.

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1943

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1943.

In 1943 the war continued to rage on, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war was fought as the Battle of Leningrad raged through January, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising takes place, and many of the great atrocities of the Holocaust took place.

Among all that, books were still published and read and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1943, and some that didn’t make the list

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A Peek at Aziraphale’s Bookshop Ahead of Good Omens Adaptation

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Hands up if you’re excited for the Good Omens adaptation? It’s going live on May 31st on Amazon Prime! We can hardly contain our excitement and today we’re being shown around Aziraphale’s bookshop from the adaptation by Neil Gaiman in a fantastic 360 video.

Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!

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