David Baldacci, author of The Escape, was a library rat growing up. 'Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas'.
They were France’s chain-smoking philosophers whose relationship turned publicly sour. Indeed, when one of them wrote 'l’enfer, c’est les autres' (hell is other people), it was easy to imagine he was referring to his lauded rival.
A month ago, The Guardian asked its readers to vote for the best ever film made from a novel. The results are in, with the readers' chart of the top 50 film adaptations. Critics Peter Bradshaw and Xan Brooks cast their eyes over your favourites.
A universal trait in classrooms and University lectures the world over, is that, when students are bored, they'll tend to amuse themselves in other ways. That was no different from 800 years ago in the 15th century when similarly bored students opted to doodle and scribble characters and artworks inside their text books.
Author William Boyd has featured in the news recently because of his latest novella, The Vanishing Game. Not in a we’re-all-so-excited-we-can’t-stop-talking-about-it-before-we’ve-even-read-it way, but because he’s admitted the book contains product placement, where he gives his character a Land Rover Defender to drive.
With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with recent shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series or genre, classic or modern.