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9 Most Addictive Books of 2017 (So Far): Critical Linking, March 26, 2017

<i>Sponsored by SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama, just published by FSG.</i>Huffington Post has opinions on the nine most addictive books of 2017 so far. <b>Did they</b> …

Kristen Wiig

Glimpses of a book on the Americas, published by the Ottoman Empire, that costs as much as a house

The Tarīkh is a unique publication with just a few remaining copies.<p>One of the hottest topics on every economist’s lips is the rising price of …

Libraries

Is Eliminating Paper-Intensive Processes the Key to India's Digitization Dream?

DeitY has also undertaken an initiative - Digitize India Platform (DIP) aimed at large scale digitization of records in the country.

India

Glimpses of 'Aristotle’s Masterpiece': A 17th-century guide on what to expect when you're expecting

The book, neither by Aristotle nor a masterpiece, offers peculiar and eccentric advise on sex, pregnancy and childbirth<p>How would a 17th-century woman …

Aristotle

British Library to exhibit most iconic treasures in China

Ten of the British Library's most iconic treasures will be loaned to China for the first time as part of a cultural exchange program between …

Libraries

An introduction to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man follows the development of a young Catholic Irishman from early boyhood to young adulthood. …

Literature

Was Jane Austen poisoned?

Why some think the beloved author may have been offed.<p>Ah, the halcyon days of Britain during the early 1800s, when life was more mannered and ever so …

Literature

Not just dwingey chimbles: dialects are alive and kicking

A British Library collection of regional words and phrases shows that language is still evolving.<p>If you’re shilpit, you’ll be able to shuck on your …

Linguistics

Help us preserve your dialect: tell us about the unusual words you use

Whether they were introduced to you by family or friends, we want to hear about the distinctive words in your vocabulary<p>Picture yourself heading out for a jog. Now picture your footwear. What word would you use? Daps, pumps, plimsolls, sand shoes, sannies, gutties, sneakers, runners or trainers?<p>Now …

Language

The death of dialect? Don't believe a word of it

A British Library project preserves words used in different parts of the country. How many of them can you recognise?<p>Help us preserve your dialect: tell us about the unusual words you use<p>Have you ever been called mardy, been mithered, complained of someone being nesh, labelled them a numpty or had …

Linguistics

The British Library MS Viewer

1485-1490, Contents: Book of Hours, Use of Rome, with prayers added in the 16th or 17th century. At the beginning are: 'Oraison a son bon angle' and …

Libraries

POST: From piles of material to patchwork: How do we embed the production of usable collections data into library work?

In a post entitled “From piles of material to patchwork: How do we embed the production of usable collections data into library work?” Mia Ridge …

Libraries

Beauty in the Bible: Illustrating world's most widely distributed book

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the world's best-selling and most widely distributed book, but most modern Bibles, with their dense black-and-white pages and often austere covers, are not normally associated with art.<p>However, this wasn't always the case. For centuries, rich, handmade illustrations and intricate …

Libraries

Tickets for the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition go on sale in April

Tickets for <i>Harry Potter: A History of Magic</i>, a new exhibition delving deep into Harry Potter’s culture and historical inspirations, are to go on sale …

Harry Potter

Why a proverb calls the Vietnamese the ‘children of the dragon and grandchildren of the fairy’

The dragon has been relevant to Vietnamese culture throughout history.<p>In Vietnamese culture, as in many other East and South East Asian societies, …

Libraries

Major legacy endows Thai Curator post

For more than thirty years, Henry Ginsburg curated the Thai, Lao and Cambodian collections in the British Museum and the British Library. He was an …

Thailand

Hear female remixes of male-led dance tracks

The visual artist's latest project is an art hotel and gallery in the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, which will feature a piano bar playing the …

Music

Male crime writers eclipsed by golden age of female authors brought back into print

The British Library is working to bring forgotten male crime writers back into print, after they were eclipsed in their own Golden Age by women who were simply better.<p>The British Library's classic crime project, which sees long-lost novels rediscovered and published for a new generation, features a …

Libraries

Stream 8,000 Vintage Afropop Recordings Digitized & Made Available by The British Library

Stability or cultural vitality: many nations seem as if they can only have one or the other. The Republic of Guinea, for instance, has endured quite …

Cool Stuff

Glimpses of the 'Kammavaca', Burmese Buddhist manuscripts presented while ordaining monks

A Kammavaca is a highly ornamental type of manuscript usually commissioned by lay members of society as a work of merit, to be presented to …

Buddhism

Endangered archives blog: Celebrating International Women's Day Through Photography

To mark International Women's Day I have spent an enjoyable few hours delving through some of the EAP digitised photography collections finding some …

Libraries

Music of the Revolution: the Hymn of Free Russia - European studies blog

There has been great agitation in Petrograd all day. Processions have been parading the main streets. At several points the mob shouted for ‘Bread …

Russia

Mary Dorothea Shore – a life brought out of the shadows - Untold lives blog

Mary Dorothea Shore was the first wife of East India Company supercargo Thomas Shore whom we met in a recent post. She has been overlooked in …

History

A Tale as Old as Time - Medieval manuscripts blog

Magic is in the air this weekend, as audiences worldwide have been going to see Disney’s live action remake of its classic animated tale, <i>Beauty and</i> …

Libraries

A Heavenly Recipe - Medieval manuscripts blog

Instructions about cooking and baking are not rare in medieval manuscripts. We have already posted on this blog some medieval instructions for 'cury' …

Libraries

Female Scribes in Early Manuscripts - Medieval manuscripts blog

Recently, we received a query asking, 'Which is the earliest European manuscript in the British Library’s collections that was created by a female …

Ancient History

Polish Noir on the Rise - European studies blog

This year Poland is the guest of honour at the London Book Fair. Consequently there will be a series of cultural events featuring Polish writers at …

Crime Fiction

Omne Bonum (All Good Things) - Medieval manuscripts blog

‘Virtually all good things [are] contained herein.’ That's how the author of the text known as <i>Omne Bonum</i> described his work. <i>Omne Bonum</i> is a huge …

England

Digitising our manuscripts from Anglo-Saxon England - Medieval manuscripts blog

'Strong is he who tastes the power of books;<br>he who has possession of them is always the wiser.’<p><i>Bald bið se ðe onbyregeð boca cræftes;</i> <i><br>symle bið ðe</i> …

Ancient History

Did Jane Austen develop cataracts from arsenic poisoning? - Untold lives blog

When Jane Austen died in 1817, aged 41, her portable writing desk was inherited by her sister Cassandra. It was later passed down through her eldest …

Archaeology