‘Becoming’ Named Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year!

By December 6, 2018 News, Political

Becoming by Michelle Obama became the fastest selling book of 2018 and has now been named as Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year 2018.

It seems nothing can stop Mrs Obama’s memoirs from reaching many places around the globe including Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Korea, and South Africa.

Thanks to its great success the US literary giants Barnes & Noble have named Becoming as their Book of the Year 2018.

TV Adaptation of The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister Coming to HBO

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Anne Lister’s de-coded diaries have been adapted to screen once more but this time by the combined forces of HBO and the BBC. Written by BAFTA award winning Sally Wainwright, and starring the inimitable Suranne Jones (Vanity Fair) as Miss Lister, it looks like it will be a veritable tour de force.

The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.

The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!

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New York Public Library to Open its First Permanent Exhibition Thanks to Polonsky Foundation

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After a $12 million gift from Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE and the Polonsky Foundation, the New York Public Library is to open its first permanent exhibition in 2020. The exhibition will feature rotating items from the NYPL’s extensive research collections and it’s fantastic news for those who would like to see these collections.

The Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures is expected to open in late 2020 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The free exhibition will be housed in Gottesman Hall, a 6,400 square-foot exhibition space on the Library’s main floor.
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The House That Inspired Wuthering Heights Is on the Market

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Fans of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights will be interested to learn that the house that helped inspire the story is now on the market. The 17th century property is called Ponden Hall and is found a stone’s throw from Stabury, West Yorkshire. The Brontë sisters regularly visited the house during the 19th century and it has been a popular guest house in recent years.

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If Lord of the Rings characters were Zodiac Signs…

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The Zodiac consists of 12 signs, each with particular characteristics assigned for people born at specific times of the year. For centuries now, each month-long period has had its own constellation but for Jonah Malamud it just wasn’t enough.

The Instagram blogger decided to collate the main characters from his favourite fictional world and with an obviously astute and scientific mind (!) went about assigning each Middle-Earth resident with their star sign according to their characteristics.

Check out the twelve below and let us know in the comments or on FB if it is correct!

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Florida Looks to Pass Bill That Would Make Banning Books Easier

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Some lawmakers in Florida are working to pass a bill that would make banning certain books in Florida public schools easier. Florida representative Mark Hill filed HB55 back in February, a motion for a bill that would make censorship and book banning in schools easier and put the careers of those who make those books readily available in jeopardy.

Rep Hill says he believes the bill is essential for protecting children from inappropriate content in the school environment. “To remove pornography out of our public schools. It doesn’t need to be there,” said Rep. Hill.
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