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Archive | March, 2011

Video review of Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Here’s me talking about Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I read this book earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed learning about Louie Zamperini – the American middle distance runner who fought in World War II and endured the most horrifying experiences after being shot down and captured by the Japanese.

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Amanda Hocking: self publisher with the last laugh

Yeah, this self-publishing lark is just for losers. Vanity Press, they call it. Imagine if you’re a college drop-out and you’re a self-publisher too – a double loser. Oh…. $2 million off the self-published books and here comes another $2 million in the form of a book deal from St Martin’s Press after a bidding […]

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Genghis Khan Dental book wins oddest title award

This no surprise. Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way by Michael Young has won the Oddest Book title of the Year Award, aka the Diagram Prize. It was head and shoulders above the other nominations. Mr Young took the attitude that if you are going to write a book, give it an interesting […]

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Textbook Tax Credits

This is a public service announcement for any students, or parents of students for that matter, looking for a little extra break this tax season. I know you’re just getting ready for exams but we just wanted to remind you all that in addition to selling your old textbooks back at the end of your […]

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David Brent critiques John Betjeman’s Slough poem

John Betjeman famously wrote “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!”. And frankly, the town of Slough has never recovered from that literary slagging. I love this clip from original (and the best) version of The Office where David Brent critiques Betjeman’s poem….”There’s nothing wrong with Maidenhead. Maidstone’s a sh*thole.”

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Land of Painted Caves signed edition

The book of the moment is definitely The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel. It’s the sixth book in Auel’s Earth’s Children series and continues to tell the story of Ayla and Jondalar, and is set 25,000 years in the past. Who would have thought a series of novels about life in prehistoric […]

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Harry Houdini Books

I see the Google has Harry Houdini (real name Erich Weiss) on its homepage today – well, if you are going to celebrate someone’s birthday then why not celebrate their 137th? It’s a special one. A couple of months ago, we put together a big feature on collectible magic books and books by Houdini and […]

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AbeBooks Review of When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary

We hope you enjoy our video review. Find copies of When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary at AbeBooks

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Nibbles and Me by Elizabeth Taylor

Not many people are aware that Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier today, published a book in 1946 called Nibbles and Me. Oddly, this book has become rather collectible over the years. Nibbles was her pet chipmunk. She wrote the book when she was just 13 but already a huge Hollywood star thanks to Lassie Come […]

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Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman Letters

A scathing disagreement via letters, between long-time friends and collaborators Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman.

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