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Neighbourhood Book Lending Box

Book exchange box found amongst the hollyhocks while on a evening bike ride.

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AbeBooks’ Video Review: What To Make For Children by Popular Mechanics

My colleague Julie reviews a long forgotten book from 1947 – What To Make For Children by Popular Mechanics. Blimey – take a look at the complexity of these projects. Look at the portable baby crib (a sort of wooden coffin) that sits on the backseat of a car! They put people in prison for […]

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Our Uncle Eric is George Orwell

Imagine being related to an author? I’m sure a few of you are, but imagine having George Orwell as your uncle? The Daily Telegraph carries an interview with two nieces and a nephew of the big man… aka Uncle Eric. I love how they all laugh about the time when Uncle Eric almost drowned. Having […]

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Do you own grandma’s first cookbook?

The blog at Bon Appétit magazine asks do you have your Grandma’s first cookbook? I don’t but judging by the comments on this post a few people do. My grandmother used to jot her best (customised) recipes on down on small pieces of paper and tuck them inside the covers of a few cookery books. […]

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Lucky Thirteenth Tale for some

A lady called Diane Plumley has written at the Bookshop blog about how she discovered The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield after reading an AbeBooks feature on twins in literature. Hurrah!

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Posh & Becks boost Mockingbird sales with daughter Harper

We should applaud anything that puts books into people’s hands and encourages reading. So this morning we are giving a round of applause to Becks and Posh Spice (that’s David Beckham, the well known association football player, and his wife Victoria, formerly of the popular music group, The Spice Girls). Apparently this most showbiz of […]

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Red petticoats & more with Nesbit’s Railway Children

I’m reading E Nesbit’s The Railway Children (an old Puffin film tie-in edition with Jenny Agutter on the cover) to my eldest daughter as our book at bedtime at the moment. I didn’t read this book, first published in 1906, when I was a child so it’s something new for both us. To be honest, […]

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Alison Uttley’s Sam Pig rediscovered

I’ve been away on an extended holiday in the United Kingdom for the last few weeks and I can safely say that I haven’t thought about much about books, with one exception. We stayed at my mother’s house and in the spare room I found one of my favourite childhood books – the Sam Pig […]

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Video review of On Golden Mountain by Lisa See

Lisa See is an acclaimed novelist these days but her break-through book – On Golden Mountain – was non-fiction and told the story of how her family moved from China to California. This is a very well researched family history that shows racism, miscommunication, love and pain, and much more as her family struggled to […]

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Three in 10 British households are bookless

There is a very depressing news story from the UK today where a survey of 18,000 young people has revealed three in 10 children live in households that do not contain a single book – not even a cookery book or a road atlas or a bible/Koran etc. Somebody should have a word with the […]

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