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Donald McGill: king of saucy seaside postcards

The Encyclopædia Britannica blog salutes Donald McGill – king of Britain’s saucy postcards from the olden days era. (Do click through and look at the examples.) McGill designed and produced over 12,000 seaside themed postcards between 1904 and 1962. His designs were once very well known—and postcard holders across the UK often displayed McGills cheeky […]

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Dickens, the Man Who Invented Christmas?

Did Charles Dickens invent Christmas?

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Stephen King’s gift for Christmas

Stephen King is donating money so 150 soldiers in the Maine Army National Guard can travel from Indiana to Maine to be with their families for Christmas. What a nice man!

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Pricey Christmas Presents

Around the holiday season we like to look at some of our top sales and guess which ones might be Christmas presents for some lucky bibliophile. It a lot of fun because you start to think about the type of person who would be really excited about receiving each book, I even go a step […]

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Remembrance Sunday Poem a Rip Off?

Is Sir Andrew Motion’s Remembrance Day poem a work of plagiarism?

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Medieval Hebrew Manuscript Going on Display in Jerusalem

A 14th century Hebrew manuscript is set to go on display for the first time in history.

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Best Father and Son writing teams

Just in time for Father’s day we put together a list of the best Father and Son writing teams. I think my favourite team is Charles Dickens and his son who wrote dictionaries, but the Waugh’s easily win this title with four generations of authors. The Waugh’s are possibly the most amazing literary family in […]

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Eggs-ellent! Top 10 Egg Books

It’s that time of year when eggs are everywhere – chocolate eggs, dyed eggs, plastic eggs, jelly bean eggs … We can’t leave books out of the picture so here’s an eclectic Top 10 List of egg books.

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Blind Dates, Book Lovers Style

Cute idea from a library in Australia – Library staff have selected a range of books and wrapped them up for a surprise introductions this weekend. Drop by the library on Saturday and you could meet your perfect match – literary match that is. With only scintillating phrases and words on that wrapping to hint […]

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