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.

Explore ‘The Sinking City’, a video game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

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It may surprise you to learn that many video games released over the years have been inspired by books. The Witcher games are based upon the Polish fantasy series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, Spec Ops: The Line is a modern retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and BioShock takes cues from the likes of Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley.

Those of you who enjoy video games and books will want to check out The Sinking City, an upcoming game from Frogwares. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, The Sinking City sees players exploring an open city where things aren’t all they seem. Read More

Zoe Ball’s Book Club: 10 Summer Reads

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A few weeks ago we brought you the news that Zoe Ball was to launch a television book club. That airs next month and now the 10 books that are to be featured have been announced.

The Zoe Ball Book Club will run for ten weeks and views will be able to see the host welcome an expert panel and celebrity guests to talk about the reads each week. A week is a very short time to read each book and so we have the heads up on the books that will be featured.

For those who want to watch the show it will air every Sunday night at 8:30, and for those who want to get ahead on their reading, here are the featured books.

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No Books Were Harmed in the Making of the Fahrenheit 451, Except the Ones That Were

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Way back in 2016, it was announced that HBO had begun developing a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic book Fahrenheit 451. Fans eagerly anticipated the film and earlier this year we got to see the first official trailer. There has been plenty of buzz for the film since then and now we’re only hours away from the film’s release. Read More

Amazon’s the Lord of the Rings Series Will Reportedly Follow a Young Aragorn

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Late last year, it was announced that Amazon has purchased the television rights to create a TV series based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The news caused a great deal of excitement among fans and we were eager to see what aspect of the War of the Ring the series will focus on, and whether or not it will tie in to Peter Jackson’s excellent film adaptations.
Since the announcement, it has been revealed that Amazon spent a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights alone, and that’s not considering how much it will cost to create the series itself. There have also been reports that Peter Jackson has been in talks with the company about being involved the ambitious show. Read More

Hidden Pages Uncovered in Anne Frank’s Diary

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Anne Frank became famous for the diary she wrote while hiding with her family from the Germans during World War II. The diary is one of the best known accounts of the time but over the years we’ve had many revelations about Anne Frank’s Diary. Several years after it was released, Otto Frank confessed that he had removed some part from the diary where Anne spoke about sex, and made criticisms of her mother leading to the ‘Definitive version’ being released.

Today we hear more about the diary, giving further insights into Anne Frank’s character as researchers uncover several more pages that were originally stuck together. Read More

Remembering Tom Wolfe, Author of Bonfire of the Vanities

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Sad news reached us yesterday with the death of American author and journalist Tom Wolfe.

Born Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. on 2nd March 1930 in Richmond Virginia, Tom Wolfe showed his love for writing early, as editor of the school newspaper. After graduating in 1947, Wolfe turned down an offer for Princeton University and instead attented Washington and Lee University where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. During his time at university he majored in English, was sports editor of the university newspaper and helped to found a literary magazine, Shenandoah giving him plenty of opportunity to practice his writing and journalistic skills. Read More



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