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To Put the Book Down or Not to Put the Book Down

Something Happened, Waterstones, Book, Joseph HellerSorry, I couldn’t resist…

So I’m ploughing my way through Something Happened by Joseph Heller. And to be truthful, this is 500-odd pages of hard freaking work.

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What a Way to Go: The Best Fictional Deaths

DeathIn my scribblings, there always seems to be a lot of death. And, as we all know, writing about death is never a pleasant experience. It’s notoriously difficult to write about it without stepping in to the comical, caricature death scene, or making it so dismal it’s easily forgotten. So, as inspiration for that tragic death scene, here are some of the best death scenes in fiction… Continue reading

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The Books that Inspired Tolkien

Beowulf, Michael Alexander, Book, Penguin Classics, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Legends from the Ancient NorthHaving recently discussed why The Hobbit was such an influential book for me over at Searching for SuperWomen (read it here), I was delighted to see even more Tolkien news bandying around. Penguin have announced that they will be re-releasing several titles that inspired Tolkien and his epic fantasies, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Continue reading

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Waterstones Summer Book Club

Well, if you enjoyed the last offering from Waterstones, how about this new selection for their Book Club? Continue reading

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Horrible Histories for Adults? Yes Please!

Terry Deary, Horrible Histories, The Sunday Times, Dangerous DaysI’m not even remotely ashamed to admit that I love Horrible Histories – and I love the Horrible Histories TV series even more (just look up the songs on YouTube and you’ll get it). Now Terry Deary, the creator of the Horrible Histories books, has announced he is releasing a new history series for adults – Dangerous Days. Continue reading

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Waterstones Opening More Stores

James Daunt, CEO OF WaterstonesFor the first time since Waterstones was bought from the HMV Group in 2011, Managing Director James Daunt has announced the company will be opening 6 new stores. Continue reading

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The Books that Made Me

The Books That Made MeIf you’re a Twitter-er like me, and if you have any connection to anything writing/books related like me, you’ll have spotted the new Waterstones project “The Book That Made Me” (I did tweet an article about it if you’re curious, and there are links further down this post). The idea is that you share your story about what book has most affected you (in 100 words or less, so keep it short and sweet). High-profile authors, politicians and variant celebrities have already donated their opinions – from Madame Bovary to Little Women to Emil and the Detectives. Continue reading

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Calling all Sherlocks: The OED Needs You

Dictionary[I spotted this story on The Guardian website and it just captured my imagination, so I had to write about it!]

Veronica Hurst, principal bibliographer of the Oxford English Dictionary has asked for the public’s help – to find a book. Continue reading

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Waterstones Book Club

Waterstones Book ClubWaterstones can always be relied on for some good picks in their Book Club.

Launched last month, the current selection has been described as “our most eclectic and exciting selection to date”, and includes the likes of Michael Frayn, Simon Armitage and Nell Freudenberger.

Each title features on a promotion for a week, and includes extras such as essays from the authors on their inspiration and materials to help reading groups. But, without further ado, I introduce this year’s selection for the Waterstones Book ClubContinue reading

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Why the Bookshop Will Never Die

BookshopKicking the slush off my boots (which I had discovered, to my dismay, had holes in them), I walked in to yet another branch of Waterstones. I’ve visited dozens of branches across the UK, and while none of them are very surprising to behold, they are all very comforting, and this one was no different. This time, I was in Belfast, and had braved the snow and wind in my ill-chosen boots and not-quite-up-to-scratch-against-the-cold coat because I was running out of reading material (you know it’s dire when I’m under 100 pages from the end of the book and don’t have another one set up) and I had two more days to fill before I would be anywhere near my local bookshop (another Waterstones). Continue reading

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