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E.L. James (books) found abandoned in hotel room

The UK hotel chain Travelodge has revealed a list of the 20 books most often left behind in their hotel rooms from the past year.  In total the chain recovered 22,648 books to populate the list which was dominated by erotica novels.  The most oft discarded book last year was E.L. James trilogy capping Fifty […]

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2013 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize was announced today. Leading the way are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. here are the contenders: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve Harris – The […]

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Call The Midwife Was a Book First

My husband and I are expecting our first baby. It’s an exciting, wonderful, strange and occasionally terrifying time, as anyone who has been through it will remember. Both medically and emotionally, it’s an absolutely fascinating process that is affecting parts of my body and both of our hearts that neither of us ever expected. To […]

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The Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2013

I am going to go out and say it, there are far too many book prizes given out every year.  This isn’t to say that I don’t think authors deserve to be recognized for their fantastic work, it’s just that it can get a bit tedious when every day it seems that another seven prizes […]

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The Saturday Books

The Saturday Book was an annual miscellany that featured art, literature and comment on British life during World War II and the decades that followed until 1975. The series was initially edited by Leonard Russell with John Hadfield taking over the reins in 1952. Each edition of The Saturday Book provides a wonderful glimpse into […]

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Mystery Edinburgh Book Sculptor strikes again

About a year ago a mystery book sculptor began randomly placing pieces of book art around the city, and it appears that the sculptor is back at it again this time to help celebrate “Book Week Scotland.”  Surprise gifts have been left at the Glasgow School of Art, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Scottish Seabird […]

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Look out BBC TV: Here Comes Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

The boy wizard might be grown and gone now, but Harry Potter’s creator is showing no sign of fading into obscurity any time soon. As reported yesterday by the BBC, J.K. Rowling’s latest novel (this one written for adults) The Casual Vacancy is set to become a BBC television drama. The novel tells the story […]

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Is Enid Blyton Too Old-Fashioned to Be Relevant?

Is Enid Blyton simply an anachronism? Does the fact that she has sold hundreds of millions of books count for anything when critics say her adventure stories are old-fashioned and no longer relevant to today’s young readers? My colleague Richard says yes, and I agree. I grew up with her books, in Canada, in the […]

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Skagboys: Irvine Welsh’s Prequel to Trainspotting

I guess I’d better start boning up on my Scottish dialect – fitba means football, right? – gritty novelist Irvine Welsh has a new book out. Skagboys is the prequel to his 1993 darkly hilarious (yet horribly depressing) novel Trainspotting, made into a hugely successful 1996 film starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Kelly MacDonald. […]

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The books behind The Supersizers

One of my favourite, televised guilty pleasures is the BBC’s The Supersizers Go…, which was rebroadcast on The Food Network in Canada. The show combines my love of cooking, history, and humour into several episodes of gastronomical adventure and hilarity. In the spirit of Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Supersize Me’, the two hosts immerse themselves in the spirit […]

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