Books are brilliant, they teach us so many things we may not have otherwise learned. Sometimes however it is books themselves and the people who write them that are just as interesting.
Here are a few fun facts for your perusal.
The M6 Toll Road (A Motorway in England) was built upon 2.5 million pulped copies of Mills and Boon romance novels.
The world’s most avid readers? Those from India spending an average of 10.7 hours each week reading.
The first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. A nice bit of light reading there.
The first public library in America was opened in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1698.
The first book printed in English, in 1475, was The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. by Englishman William Caxton.
The longest sentence (piece of work without a full stop) ever printed in a novel? It is a horrifyingly breath stealing 823 words long and is to be found in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.
I had no idea of any of the above. It just goes to show you that fact is very often, stranger than fiction.