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I read Beowulf, Don Quixote and Heart of Darkness Today – What Have You Done?

Read the classics in seconds with the help of Book-A-Minute Classics

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Most literary graveyards

The Publishers Weekly blog asks which graveyard is the most literary, and doesn’t even mention Highgate Cemetery in London. Highgate’s East Cemetery contains: Douglas Adams, novelist Lucy Lane Clifford, novelist George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans), novelist, Karl Marx, economist Dachine Rainer, poet Highgate’s West Cemetery contains Beryl Bainbridge, novelist Lots of the Charles Dickens […]

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Tailgate Library: The Bookish Boot Sale

60-year-old bookseller, former lawyer and definite character Charles Mysak has been selling books out of his car in the same parking spot for 11 years.

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An upside down review of a yoga book

I said: “Heike, you’ve got to do another video book review for us.” She said: “OK, can I do a yoga book?” I replied: “Sure, just don’t make it boring.” Here is a video review of B.K.S Iyengar’s Yoga the Path to Holistic Health and it’s definitely not a boring review. I love this video.

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A Visit to the Bookshelf of One Avid Reader

Enjoy a video tour of the bookshelf of one of our staff.

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Get to know your librarians though census data

Moby Lives pointed me towards this neat blog post this morning which has compiled census data on librarians from the past 120 years. It looks at how librarians are less plentiful but better paid, increasingly married, and older than they used to be and almost always female.

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Knocked up? Don’t read these books

The Millions blog tells us about books that should not be read when you are pregnant. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin: I admit, I haven’t read the novel, but I love the movie, starring the bewitching Mia Farrow. I have purposely kept my blonde hair very short these last 8 and a half months because […]

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Best post-apocalyptic fiction

The bad news is that the world ends (again) tomorrow, May 21. The good news is that AbeBooks has a feature about post-apocalyptic fiction. There are some great books featured on this page but you’ll need to read fast if you want get through the list. Even though Shelley, famous for Frankenstein, and a few […]

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Green Books for Earth Day

It’s Earth Day tomorrow. Earth Day was created in 1970 by a senator from Wisconsin and is now celebrated around the world. It promotes an appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment and asks people to think green. In our line of business, sustainability comes from used books – we love the idea of a book […]

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Life After Death: Literature Published Posthumously

An author’s death rarely means the end of original works from them – The Pale King by David Foster Wallace is the latest and greatest example. A dusty, forgotten manuscript found in a cardboard box soon becomes a bestseller. Sometimes the author’s talent goes unrecognized and success comes after their death. This broad selection – […]

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