Conservative MP Steals Dumbledore’s Words of Wisdom

When you’re a politician it must be difficult to keep coming up with pearls of wisdom to share with the nation. Politicians know that to sound profound and memorable is a great part of getting elected, or re-elected. When they are stuck for words, they may look elsewhere for inspiration, maybe in the books they’ve read which may explain why Conservative MP Sam Gyimah stole one of Dumbledore’s most famous quotes on BBC Question Time last weekend.

The incident has come back and bitten the Conservative MP for East Surrey’s proverbial bum as he has chosen to plagiarise one of Dumbledore’s most famous quotes. When talking of the recent behaviour of Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May’s response of it, Gyimah sais “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your friends, it takes even more bravery to stand up to your enemies”.

Those familiar with the Harry Potter story will know this quote appears both in the book and the film, and Twitter user @Dai_Slocs was keen to point that out.

Since Trump came to power, many references and similarities between the book and the administration have been made. Rowling herself has called them all Death Eaters, and she’s readily admitted that the books are about the rise and fall of an autocracy.

Even so, we think that Sam Gyimah could either veil his references a little better, or at least give credit to the wise old wizard we all love.

Sexual Harassment Claims Hit the Literary World

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With the top being blown off poor sexual conduct worldwide as part of the #MeToo movement, we guess it was only a matter of time before it hit the book industry too. This week their agents have publicly dropped both James Dashner and Jay Asher after claims of sexual harassment.

A series of allegations were made online about both Dashner and Asher as part of the #MeToo movement, made worse possibly because both authors are children’s authors and as part of their work come into contact with many young adults. The accusations were made on the US site School Library Journal and were repeated by many accusers. Read More

Lonely Library Dog Has No One to Read to Him, Until He Goes Viral on Facebook

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Meet Sting, a former race dog who now works as a therapy dog at a library in Minnesota as part of a Paws to Read program, where children can improve their reading skills by reading to dogs. Sting has worked there for the past two years but, earlier this month, nobody signed up to read with poor Sting. In order to try and help Sting find a reading partner, his owner, John Muellner, posted a picture of Sting on Facebook and asked if any parents would like their children to come and read with him. Read More

Book Aid International Runs Campaign Celebrating New Worlds Through Books

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It’s just a couple of weeks now until World Book Day (1st March) and to celebrate, Book Aid International is running a campaign to celebrate the power of books. Over the next two weeks authors and readers will be able to announce the book that they think best matches for New Worlds Through Books campaign and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has kicked off the campaign this week! Read More

A Little About Meghan Markle, Through the Books She Recommends

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If you haven’t heard of Meghan Markle by now, it’s possible you may be living under a rock. The one time actress and ex Suits star is in a relationship with Prince Harry and has moved to the UK to marry the high ranking member of the British Royal Family. As a pretty high profile star herself, the pair are creating quite the stir, both here in the UK and abroad, so I went off to find out more about Meghan to find out whether or not she’s a reader! Read More

Actually, Men Read a LOT of Erotic Fiction too!

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On a week when Fifty Shades Freed is smashing box office expectations, we’re hearing a lot of about bored housewives, and women’s penchant for erotic fiction. We’re not sure why it’s acceptable for men to watch porn, but women are castigated for reading erotica, but that aside it seems that that isn’t even the case as it turns out that men read a lot of erotic fiction too! Read More



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