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Roger McGough's stories on a plate

Roger McGough's poems for children will be on 250,000 plates being given away by supermarkets as part of an initiative to entertain children during meals.<p>Poet <b>Roger McGough</b> has written a series of verse stories that will appear on plates.<p>A quarter of a million plates will be given away for free …

Happy Birthday, Malcolm Gladwell - Blog Post

Every year during Women's History Month, we share a list of female writers to keep on your radar. Chances are,...<p>Is there a recipe for luck? Or are …

Forgotten Memoirs: Life is Never Ordinary

Memoirs are perhaps one of the most relentless of all publishing genres. There is a constant stream of new ones being published with books from …

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Tales from the Vault: Old-Fashioned Horror Books

We've delved deep into our vault and dusted off a selection of stories designed to chill the reader to the bone. These books were all published …

The Best Muckraking Books

Ten years ago, on January 17, <b>Fast Food Nation</b> by Eric Schlosser was published. Key parts of Fast Food Nation had already been serialized in Rolling …

Steampunk 101: From Sci-Fi Sub

From humble beginnings as a loosely defined sub-genre of science fiction, steampunk has evolved into a cultural phenomenon that combines ‘a Victorian …

Epistolary Fiction

Related Video<p>See our video review of Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock. › Play Video<p>Epistolary fiction is a popular genre where the narrative is …

Lesser-known But Worthwhile

Some authors, such as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> author Harper Lee, are legitimately literary one-hit wonders, in the truest sense of the word, and never …

A Literary Tour of London

It's dirty, it's loud, it's grumpy, it's historic, it's constantly being reinvented and it's a great place to set a novel. London is full of authors …

American Realism: A Dose of Reality

The American Realism cultural movement began to catch on after the American Civil War and was a reaction to, and rejection of, Romanticism. Driven by …

It's 'scary' watching aspects of her fiction come to life, Margaret Atwood says

Ten years ago, Margaret Atwood ended the world, and in rather spectacular fashion. <i>Oryx and Crake</i> was a revelation: a harrowing vision of society gone terribly wrong, and a reminder that Atwood, author of the classic dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>, is one of the best speculative-fiction writers …

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15 Posthumous Books, From Kafka to Stieg Larsson

The late J.D. Salinger reportedly instructed his estate to release at least five more books starting in 2015, potentially joining the ranks of these …

Foraging for Type

Allan Peters is a senior art director at Target who also writes a popular blog highlighting his own work and the work of designers whom he admires. On a section of the site called Badge Hunting, Peters catalogues images of vintage badges—the sections of packaging or signage with a company’s name …

American Dreams, 1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Why did The Princess Bride captivate America in the year of Watergate? Nathaniel Rich revisits William Goldman’s classic and finds it grippingly …

Robertson Davies: Canada's greatest novelist?

I encountered the work of <b>Robertson Davies</b> by chance. Long before ipads or e-readers were around to divert, I had a long, slow, train journey from London to Dundee in prospect and gambled on a thousand-pager (a one-volume trilogy) by a Canadian writer, who died on December 2, 1995 aged 82, that I …

The best Spoonerisms

The Reverend William Archibald Spooner was born in London on July 22, 1844. He was an albino and suffered defective eyesight, and it is thought that this caused some of his verbal confusions which were later dubbed "spoonerisms". These included "it is kisstomary to cuss the bride".<p>Spooner, who died …

Higher Learning: 25 Books About Teachers & Schools in Literature

For most of us, schools and teachers have played a big role in our lives. Discover a wide selection of books about schools, the students that attend …

20 Villainous Animals in Fiction on AbeBooks

<b>The Dark Portal</b><br>Robin Jarvis<p>Thanks to the likes of Peter Cottontail, the Velveteen Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, and the Runaway Bunny, books about lovable …

Priests in Literature - Fascinating & Flawed Clergymen

Bishops, monks, chaplains, vicars and deacons - men of the cloth are found through all genres of fictional writing, including science fiction. They …

Street Reading: World's Oldest Profession in Fiction

The members of the world’s oldest profession have been portrayed in many ways through fictional literature over the centuries, including the …

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Brides' Books Revisited

With all due respect to Prince William, weddings are really about the bride. Authors agree. There are few novels about bridegrooms but there are …

The Doctor Is In... Literature

Doctors of one kind or another have often been portrayed in many ways through fictional literature over the years, including the evil doctor, the mad …

Tintinology: The Ongoing Adventures of Tintin

Tintin was born, figuratively speaking, on January 10, 1929 when Georges Remi’s comic strip hero appeared in a children’s supplement of the Belgian …

Celebrating the Hobbit

On 21 September, 1937, one of the most celebrated and collectible books in modern literature was published in London. The brain child of a bored …

Cat in the Hat Turns Fifty

Looking for <i>Cat in the Hat</i> and other Dr. Seuss first editions? [Celebrating Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat]<p><i>A long time ago, lived a man who was Ted,</i></i> …

100 years of Anne of Green Gables

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Scariest Characters in Literature Poll Results

Big Brother from George Orwell’s classic novel <i>1984</i> has been voted the scariest character in literature in a worldwide poll conducted by AbeBooks.<p>With …

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Big on Biggles

<i>by Richard Davies</i><p>Biggles has been fighting off bandits at 2 o’clock since 1932. He’s legend of children’s literature and one of the great adventure …

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Tarzan

<b>Tarzan</b> remains one of the most recognizable characters in storytelling – a genuine cultural icon. He has appeared in books and comics, and his …

Black Humor Books: Catch 22 & Other Grim Jokes

Joseph Heller’s <i>Catch-22</i> was published in June 1961 just as the American involvement in the Vietnam War was escalating. You have probably read <i>Catch-22</i> …

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