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22 May

Happy Birthday Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Sherlock's creator (though he would have hated this title) was born today, 22nd May in 1859.

He had a love-hate relationship with Sherlock; despite it becoming the most popular detective series of all time, Doyle somewhat resented the fact that Sherlock's name eclipsed his own.

Here is his application to study at the British Museum's Reading Room in 1891:

03 Mar

World Book Facts for World Book Day 2015

Posted by Becca Hemmings

World Book Day 2015 is celebrated on Thursday, 5th March and is HUGE. Join in and celebrate authors, illustrators, books and (naturally) reading, no matter where you are in the world. 

Its main aim is to encourage people (especially children) to discover the pleasure of reading. 

I have created a short (1:32) video with some 'World Book Facts' to celebrate, so you can learn something 'novel' today!

24 Apr

Google Doodle - Literature, Authors & Books

Posted by Becca Hemmings

A collection of bookish Google doodles that have appeared over the years

Jane Austen's 235th Birthday - 16th December 2010

 Jane Austen Doodle

Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday - 7th February 2012

Dickens Doodle

Charlotte Brontë's 198th Birthday - 21st April 2014

Charlotte Bronte Doodle

Douglas Adams' 61st Birthday - 11th March 2013

Hitchhiker's Guide Doodle

Katherine Mansfield's 125th Birthday - 14th October 2013

Katherine Mansfield Doodle

Maurice Sendak's 85th Birthday - 10th June 2013

Maurice Sendak Doodle

Henrik Ibsen's 185th Birthday - 20th March 2013

Henrik Ibsen Doodle

200th Anniversary of Grimm's Fairy Tales - 20th December 2012

Grimm's Fairy Tales Doodle

Mark Twain's 176th Birthday - 30th November 2011

Mark Twain Doodle

Bram Stoker's 165th Birthday - 8th November 2012

Bram Stoker Dracula Doodle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 147th Birthday - 21st May 2006

Sherlock doodle

161st Anniversary of Moby Dick's First Publishing - 18th October 2012

Moby Dick Doodle

Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 110th Birthday - 29th June 2010

little prince doodle

09 Apr

Top 12 Famous / Favourite / Best Opening Lines from Literature

Posted by Becca Hemmings
Famous opening lines from novels
  1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  2. ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  3. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" - Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938).
  4. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." J.D Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye (1951)
  5. "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticising any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)
  6. "All children, except one, grow up." J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan (1911)
  7. "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1878)
  8. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way." Charles Dickens: A Tale Of Two Cities (1859)
  9. "You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by a Mr Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.” Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  10. "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre (1847)
  11. "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis (1915).
  12. "It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful" Roald Dahl: Matilda (1988)

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