Amnesty International: why you have the right to an identity

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 10:30
To explain the theme for the Amnesty teen takeover of the children's book website this week, Nicky Parker from Amnesty International UK shares why having an identity is an important right to be protected

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Jumblecat by Archie Kimpton - review

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 09:00
'This cat is a very grumpy, extraordinary cat, who is biscuit obsessed and talks.' Continue reading...






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Welcome to our Amnesty teen takeover week an overview

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 09:00
For the next week, we are teaming up with Amnesty International to talk about books that explore identity race, gender, sexuality, religion and everything that makes each of us unique. Here's what we have planned

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The best SF and fantasy novels published in August review roundup

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 09:00
Joe Abercrombie's Half a King, Chris Evans and Roy Kettle's Future Perfect, Rebecca Levene's Smiler's Fair, Trudi Canavan's Thief's Magic and Best British Horror 2014 Continue reading...






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100 funny jokes by 100 comedians

Telegraph - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 08:45
Martin Chilton picks 100 of the funniest jokes of all time - as told by 100 different comedians






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Everyman's Castle: The Story of Our Cottages, Country Houses, Terraces, Flats, Semis and Bungalows review

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 07:30
Michael Prodger enjoys Philippa Lewis's lively survey of housing that is as much a story of attitudes as architecture Continue reading...






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Tell it like it is, critics - however painful

Telegraph - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 06:30
The effort that goes into writing a book or making a film should not influence a reviewer, says Rowan Pelling






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10 beautiful Australian libraries in pictures

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 02:26

Craigieburn library in Hume, Victoria has been named public library of the year following a cross-continent competition by the Danish Agency for Culture. Judges called it a democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction. From opulent state buildings to state-of-the-art university architecture, here are nine more amazing libraries across Australia which would you add to the list?

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This House of Grief by Helen Garner review haunting true account of an accused murderer

Guardian Books - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 00:35

Garners new non-fiction work follows the trial of a jilted husband who drove his children into a dam

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Alan Warner: booze, books and why he's backing Scottish independence

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 18:05
The Morvern Callar author used to celebrate finishing a book by spending four days in the pub. At 50, he has eased up a bit, but he hasn't lost any enthusiasm for literature or his homeland Continue reading...






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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 17:14
Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books Continue reading...






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Harry Potter casts an inspirational spell on Lindsay Lohan to write her memoirs

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 16:38

Mean Girls actors next performance will be as an autobiographer, with JK Rowling adopted as muse. Should be quite a turn

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'Everything' vs. everyone: Parallel protests of Amazon

FutureBook - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 16:13

Join us for our next #FutureChat -- all about these two major tracks of concern -- Friday at 4 p.m. London time, 5 p.m. Berlin, 11 a.m. New York, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 3 p.m. GMT -- live on Twitter. You're input will be welcome.

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The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery - review

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 15:00
'This book was absolutely fantastic: quick, fast-paced and terrifyingly gruesome in parts, making it the perfect mix of mystery and horror' Continue reading...






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Adam Foulds and Gerard Woodward on the second world war - Edinburgh books podcast

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 14:17
The two novelists talk about how the Allied invasion of Sicily and wartime camouflage inform their new books

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Time of the Beast by Geoff Smith review monks, monsters and mouldy bread

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 13:51
An impressive debut in which the Fens make the perfect eerie backdrop for a dark ages whodunnit based on a true story Continue reading...






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Top 10 tips for students changing schools

Guardian Books - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 12:30
Moving schools this year? It's a big change, but Dr Aaron Balick, author of Keep Your Cool, shares his top 10 tips for children, teens and their parents who are worried or nervous about the move Continue reading...






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