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1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills

1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In 1849 a guide for young ladies warned against reading novels, which makes you "weak-headed, nervous and good for nothing" - and has even proved fatal.

Via Jim Lerman
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Did you know reading novels could be so dangerous?

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, January 31, 2014 7:46 AM

Is it much wonder that people don't realize what they are capable of with this type of brainwashing?

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:39 PM

One can't believe everything on reads. 

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US author Richard Ford wins Spanish literature prize

US author Richard Ford wins Spanish literature prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

U.S. writer Richard Ford, author of the widely acclaimed novel "Independence Day," has won Spain's prestigious Asturias prize for literature in recognition of his contribution to American letters.  

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Akhil Sharma wins €100,000 Dublin International literary award

Akhil Sharma wins €100,000 Dublin International literary award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Family Life, his autobiographical novel, is praised by judges as ‘the highest form of achievement in literature’ but the winner has some humbler aspirations
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Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2016

Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2016 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist for 2016 has been announced. Congratulations to the shortlisted authors and publishers – and an extra special hurrah to our own St Kilda bookseller A.S. Patrić!

To celebrate the shortlist we’re offering a…
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Alain de Botton on why romantic novels can make us unlucky in love

Alain de Botton on why romantic novels can make us unlucky in love | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Alain de Botton explores how our attitudes to love are shaped by romantic yet unrealistic novels in this exclusive essay
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On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books

On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Like a lot of avid readers, I enjoyed Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but bristled when it came to the section about books. The gist of her
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30 Poets You Should Be Reading

30 Poets You Should Be Reading | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Amy King Amy King's breathtaking poetry reflects the same unwavering commitment she brings to her role at VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts: aesthetics rooted
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21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Championed by 21 writers you have, including Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, and more.
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Take two chapters, daily – how to prescribe fiction

Take two chapters, daily – how to prescribe fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
GPs are to going to give books to help teenagers with mental health issues. It’s a great idea – but not a new one. Here, two seasoned bibliotherapists discuss the power of novels-as-therapy
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We had to get beyond irony: How David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and a new generation of believers changed fiction

We had to get beyond irony: How David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and a new generation of believers changed fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Irony, once the hipster's favorite weapon, had become exhausted and rusted into cynicism. Enter "Infinite Jest"
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Walter Scott prize shortlist revealed - BBC News

Walter Scott prize shortlist revealed - BBC News | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The shortlist for this year's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction - worth £25,000 to the winning author - is announced.
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‘The Sellout’ Wins National Book Critics Circle’s Fiction Award

‘The Sellout’ Wins National Book Critics Circle’s Fiction Award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Paul Beatty novel, and “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” a nonfiction title by Sam Quinones, were given the top prizes by the literary critics and editors’ group.
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Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller

Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Shared reading in groups reduces isolation and can transform the lives even of residents with dementia
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Reading books and talking about them good for the elderly ... and the rest of us.
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Top 10 books to make you a better person

Top 10 books to make you a better person | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better
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Ten books to read in May

Ten books to read in May | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.
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Translated fiction sells better in the UK than English fiction, research finds

Translated fiction sells better in the UK than English fiction, research finds | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Survey commissioned by the Man Booker International prize finds authors including Elena Ferrante and Haruki Murakami are driving a boom in UK sales of translated literary fiction
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Around the World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List

Around the World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Settle in for some armchair travel! This list will take you to the eighty most populated countries in the world.
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The world - in fiction - very readable titles, though not always what I'd have chosen (but what's the purpose of a book list except to get you arguing?). And the Malaysian novel is -
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Because a big part of why we read is to go to know people different from ourselves
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100 Must-Read Works of Southern Literature

100 Must-Read Works of Southern Literature | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
A Riot reader from the Midwest was so intrigued by my love letter to Flannery O’Connor, she tweeted me and aske
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Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'

Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer' | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for "The Sympathizer" published by Grove Press. Nguyen is one of the L.A. Times' 10 critics at large.
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Can children's books help build a better world?

Can children's books help build a better world? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Author SF Said on how almost all the world’s problems come down to ‘us and them’ – and how children’s books can knock down the barriers
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100 Must-Read Strange and Unusual Novels

100 Must-Read Strange and Unusual Novels | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
100 book recommendations for people who like to read weird, unusual, strange novels
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For those who like their reading weird.
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Miles Franklin award longlist 2016: five out of nine nominees are women

Miles Franklin award longlist 2016: five out of nine nominees are women | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Charlotte Wood, Mireille Juchau and Peggy Frew among authors competing for the $60,000 prize in Australia’s most prestigious literary award
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Fiction v nonfiction – English literature's made-up divide

Fiction v nonfiction – English literature's made-up divide | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Some cultures do not distinguish between fiction and nonfiction – and instead talk of ‘stories’. Is that a barrier to English-language writers and publishers? Or should they just learn to enjoy telling tales?
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6 Scientific Reasons Reading Is Amazing For Your Health

6 Scientific Reasons Reading Is Amazing For Your Health | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Since you were a little kid, parents, teachers, and other adults have been telling you how important reading is — heck, half of my job as a books writer is to convince you how important it is. But why exactly does it matter so much? Aside from the fact that reading offers great entertainment,
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