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[boo k-luhv-er] noun: a person who enjoys reading and collecting books.


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02 Sep

Once Upon a Time... Authors when they were Young. Can you guess who?

Posted by Becca Hemmings

1. Before The Iron Throne…

Young George RR Martin as a child

2. Before the Misery…

Young Stephen King as a child

3. Before Big Brother…

Young George Orwell as a child

4. Before A Room of One’s Own…

Young Virginia Woolf as a child

5. Before The Sun Rises…

Young Ernest Hemingway as a child

6. Before Rebecca…

7. Before Mr Darcy…

Young Jane Austen as a child

8. Before Going Solo...

Young Roald Dahl as a child

9. Before Hogwarts…

Young J K Rowling as a child

10. Before Middle Earth…

Young J R R Tolkien as a child

Answers: 1. George R R Martin (he is the one on the right) 2. Stephen King 3. George Orwell 4. Virginia Woolf 5. Ernest Hemingway 6. Daphne Du Maurier (left) 7. Jane Austen (maybe) 8. Roald Dahl 9. J K Rowling 10. J R R Tolkien (left - known as Ronald by his family)

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