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JG Ballard’s house – the perfect place to crash

JG Ballard’s Shepperton home is up for sale or you can rent Ted Hughes’s Bloomsbury love nest. How do the prices compare with other authors’ homes?<p>These are high times for house-hunters of a literary bent. The three-bedroom semi in Shepperton, Surrey, where JG Ballard lived for nearly 50 years has …

This Bookshop's Design Is So Stunning, It’s Rumored To Have Inspired J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Locations

Flip through rare books in an unbelievable setting.<p>The Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal, is often featured as one of the world’s most stunning …

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BBC - Culture - The 100 greatest British novels

BBC Culture polled book critics outside the UK, to give an outsider’s perspective on the best in British literature.<p>What does the rest of the world see as the greatest British novels? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics, from …

Change on the cards for Candlestick

Following the departure of Candlestick Press' co-owner Jenny Swann, poet Di Slaney has assumed full ownership of the company. The press produces …

'Outstanding' Old English poetry book granted Unesco status

<b>A poetry book written in Old English has been granted Unesco status for its "outstanding significance" to British history.</b><p>The Exeter Book, kept at Exeter Cathedral's library, is an anthology of poetry and riddles written in 970 AD.<p>The book was the gift of Exeter's first bishop, Leofric, in the 11th …

Yves Saint Laurent co-founder to sell off remainder of rare books collection

Fashion mogul Pierre Bergé raised more than £9m from the part-sale of his famous library last year<p>Fashion mogul Pierre Bergé has announced that he will put the second part of his famous library – one of the most valuable in private hands – up for auction in November.<p>The French philanthropist, who …

Modern Tree Shelves Playfully Designed to Hold Books on Their Branches

UK-based artisan BespOak Interiors creates unconventional shelving that celebrates the tranquility of nature with its eye-pleasing forms. Using oak wood, sculptor Dan Lee constructs small and large tree structures that hold your books while adorning your walls with their elegant, iconic forms. Like …

8 great examples of geometric art in book design

Geometric art has a long and noble history, being especially important in the ancient Greek and Islamic art traditions. More recently, geometric …

The Power of a Good Old-Fashioned Book: Hotels with Great Reading Rooms

<i>Photo courtesy of Rosewood Inn at the Anasazi</i><p>Despite rising Internet advertising rates and the growing popularity of e-readers, there is a rare breed …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson—a New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher—was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the …

Literature

Seven romantic novels that make great wedding gifts

Listen, there's absolutely nothing wrong with gifting your soon-to-be-married friends with that slow cooker on their wedding registry. But why not throw in a book (or three) for them to take on their honeymoon? We slow dance to love songs, and snuggle on the couch when watching a romantic movie, …

The Book

My earliest memory of books is not of reading but of being read to. I spent hours listening, watching the face of the person reading aloud to me. Sometimes I rested my head on the chest or the stomach of the reader and could feel the resonance of each vowel and consonant. I encountered many books …

British Library puts literary treasures from 20th century writers online for free

<b>LONDON</b><b>.-</b> The British Library has made over 300 literary treasures relating to 20th century writers available online for the first time, including …

Shakespeare's Four Folios fetches 拢2.5m at Christie's auction - Culture

Copies of William Shakespeare's first four books, dubbed the "Holy Grail of publishing", have sold for almost 2.5 million pounds ($3.67 million)聽at …

'Legendary' first edition of Alice in Wonderland set for auction at $2-3m

The edition is one of only 22 known copies in existence, after Lewis Carroll withdrew the print run because of a problem with the illustrations<p>A “legendary” first edition of Alice in Wonderland – one of just 22 known copies in existence, after Lewis Carroll withdrew the entire print run – is due to …

Pakistani feminist superhero who uses books as her weapons taking world by storm

Burka Avenger is Pakistan's first feminist cartoon superhero, and she is taking the world by storm.<p>An 'inspirational teacher' named Jiya by day and super-heroine by night, the Burka Avenger uses a burka-like disguise to fight back against evil.<p>The cartoon was created and directed by Pakistani pop …

12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime

The organizers of Independent Bookstore Day celebrate book havens and book lovers everywhere each spring, and what better way to mark the occasion than to seek out an indie book shop on your next trip?<p>"The idea of Bookstore Day, first and foremost, is to celebrate indie bookstores and the symbiotic …

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Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away | Simon Jenkins

The hysterical cheerleaders of the e-book failed to account for human experience, and publishers blindly followed suit. But the novelty has worn off<p>At last. Peak digital is at hand. The ultimate disruptor of the new information age is … wait for it … the book.<p>Shrewd observers noted the early signs. …

The True Story of the Booze, Bullfights, and Brawls That Inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel gave a voice to the Lost Generation—often by lifting it directly from his affluent expat circle in post-war Paris. A new book by Lesley M. M. Blume recounts the scandalous trip to Pamplona that inspired Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and the characters …

Lionel Shriver's guide to dystopia: from Orwell's 1984 to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

<i>Lionel Shriver’s new novel is set in 2029 with the world in ruins. She looks at three centuries of dystopian fiction, and asks why it still gives us a kick</i><p>I was inspired to write The Mandibles: a Family, 2029-2047 after idly calculating that, if I die at 96 like my paternal grandfather, I’ll live …

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Interview with a Library: The London Library

The London Library was set up in a fit of pique 175 years ago. Thomas Carlyle had become intensely dissatisfied with the studying facilities …

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Letter of Recommendation: ‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep’

Putting our 3-year-old son to bed isn’t a task my wife and I undertake lightly. On a typical night, there will be actual physical struggles and a great deal of bitter haggling over the particulars — over whether it will be she or I who keeps vigil as he bravely contends against his own fatigue, …

Unseen Beatrix Potter illustration to go on display for first time at V&A

Peter Rabbit drawing for story of Kitty-in-Boots will be on display to celebrate 150th anniversary of birth of children’s author Beatrix Potter<p>The watercolour is unfamiliar, but the central figure is known to millions: a rabbit in a blue coat ferociously setting about a pair of villainous ferrets …

William Shakespeare 400th Anniversary: Take Our Theatrical Emoji Quiz Of The Bard's Best Plays

We're not entirely sure the Bard would have approved.<p>Although the exact date of William Shakespeare's death is not recorded, it's traditionally …

William Shakespeare

My writing day: Hilary Mantel

Some writers claim to extrude a book at an even rate like toothpaste from a tube, or to build a story like a wall, so many feet per day. They sit at their desk and knock off their word quota, then frisk into their leisured evening, preening themselves.<p>This is so alien to me that it might be another …

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Old Book Pages Transformed Into Beautiful Unique Jewelry

A designer creates a bridge between timeless literary pieces and jewelry