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The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

 One of our favorite books of 2018 has been The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury.  This is a book for anyone who loves beautiful dust jackets. It traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain protective covering. Salisbury celebrates the work of more than 50 artists […]

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Lee Israel: from author to forger

Have you heard of Lee Israel? She was a run-of-the-mill author of non-fiction books, who became an exceptional forger of literary letters by the rich and famous. Israel’s career in crime is now being brought to the big screen with Melissa McCarthy starring as the American writer who forged letters from notable people such as Dorothy […]

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The Bookshop, a movie of bookselling drama

The Bookshop, a movie adapted from Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 Booker shortlisted novel of the same name, has finally opened in the US and Canada. Directed Spaniard Isabel Coixet, the film stars Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy.  The story is set in the late 1950s in a small town in Suffolk in the UK […]

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The Evolution of Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is still sneaking into Mr McGregor’s garden to steal vegetables. Our video traces Peter’s history from being privately printed in 1901 to this year’s movie adaptation.

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For sale. Pair of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man hands from original Ghostbusters movie

For sale. Pair of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man hands from original Ghostbusters movie. Right hand slightly charred. A must-have for fans of evil confectionery. $10k.

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A Passion for Maps

We’ve been thinking a lot about maps lately. We recently featured a selection of vintage maps from around the world. We also got lost browsing through vintage road maps and travel guides from the first half of the 20th century.  These pieces of ephemera – an item created with a short-lived purpose in mind, are […]

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The Books of the Films of Meryl Streep

She’s an icon of modern cinema with more than 50 film roles to her credit. She has a trophy closet full of silverware, including three Oscars and eight Golden Globes. You’ve probably seen the majority of her films. We’re talking about Meryl Streep – the leading lady of Hollywood’s leading ladies. But, as so often […]

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9 Books You Have to Read Before the Oscars

Behind most great movies lies an even better book. In fact, more than two thirds of the Academy’s Best Picture winners were based on books (see the whole list here). Odds are that list will grow come February 28th – six of this year’s Best Picture nominees are based on books, and a few more appear […]

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Just a smidge of a trailer for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts

And it never ends (but secretly we are all very happy about that). Here’s the trailer, “just a smidge” of a video, for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off. We have to wait until November 2016. You’ll remember that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was on Harry’s […]

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Hedy Lamarr – Hollywood Actress & Inventor

Today marks the 101st birthday of Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress and inventor of a technology that is still used today. Lamarr got her start as an Austria actress in the 1920s under her real name of Hedy Kiesler. She married a wealthy Austrian munitions baron and at that time gave up her acting career. With […]

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