Outlander: is this the next Game of Thrones?

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:12
Outlander, a TV series based on the hugely popular books by Diana Gabaldon, will combine swashbuckling and Scottish politics






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Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:21
From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters are so memorable that they leap from fiction into the dictionary. Take an alphabetical tour of the origins of some of our most familiar and not-so-familiar literary eponyms Continue reading...






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Tarka the Otter author's wooden hut given listed status

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:04
A tiny wooden hut where naturalist and author Henry William Williamson wrote some of his most famous works is granted listed status






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Tarka the Otter author's wodden hut given listed status

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:04
A tiny wooden hut where naturalist and author Henry William Williamson wrote some of his most famous works is granted listed status






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Pericles of Athens by Vincent Azoulay, review: 'masterfully crisp'

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:00
A masterful study of Pericles revives the Athenian leader for the modern age, says Iona McLaren






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The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison - review

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:00
'Private reading at school had become somewhat challenging as I couldn't stop myself laughing luckily I sit at the back of the class or I think my dramatic clutching of my stomach and leaning over my desk would have caused a bit of a stir in the usually calm classroom' Continue reading...






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Val Biro obituary

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:31
Children's author and illustrator who created Gumdrop, the adventurous vintage car Continue reading...






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Altbookstores for different readers

FutureBook - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:25

Is it possible to build an e-book website to challenge Amazon on a crowd-sourced basis? We might be about to find out. Over the next two days in New York a team of about 20 volunteers will attempt to do precisely that. Led by Chris Kubica, a live stream of the event begins at 10am EST (3pm in the UK), with a Twitter hashtag of #altbookstore.

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A book for the beach: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:00
This grand tale of ancient gods struggling to survive in today's USA has a chilly setting but provides a great summer escape Continue reading...






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Harry Potter and the top 20 novels by women authors

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:56
Poll places Harry Potter and Jane Eyre among the top 20 most life-changing novels written by women






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Which books by women have had the biggest impact on you?

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:10

The most influential books by women include To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, according to a public vote organised by the Baileys fiction prize. We are sure lesser-known books have shaped your life too. So tell us which books written by female authors have had an impact on you - and why

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Steve Backshall: why I love wolves

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:07
The Deadly 60 presenter has just published his third book in the Falcon Chronicles, Wilds of the Wolf. But why is Steve so obsessed by wolves? Find out here

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Lord of the Rings weapons up for sale

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:34
Saruman's staff and Aragorn's sword from Christopher Lee's collection are estimated to reach £250,000






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JRR Tolkien trivia quiz

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:33
To mark the 60th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of the Lord of the Rings novels, your quest is to find the answers to these questions for a fantastic prize. (That's fantastic as in imaginary) Continue reading...






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Jamie Johnson: Shoot to Win by Dan Freedman - review

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:00
'The way the author described it in such detail made me want to read on. This book is definitely for people who love football books' Continue reading...






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Reading American cities: New York in books

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:38
In our new summer series, Charlotte Jones collates the perfect literary companions for four US city breaks. This week, the metropolis that has inspired writers from John Dos Passos to Don DeLillo Continue reading...






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To Kill a Mockingbird tops vote for 'most life-changing' books by women

Guardian Books - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:35
Harper Lee's novel tops poll to find the books that have 'most impacted' readers' lives

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch to be made into film

Telegraph - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:09
Donna Tartt's Pulitzer-winning novel, The Goldfinch, will be made into a film produced by Brett Ratner






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Publishers must make a decision over subscription services

FutureBook - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:01

Last July 18th, Amazon officially announced the launch of its ebook subscription platform, Kindle Unlimited (KU).

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