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Emotional Truths and Historical Lies in the Shadow of WW1

Emotional Truths and Historical Lies in the Shadow of WW1 | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The writing of a novel—particularly, a historical novel—is inevitably accompanied by a sense that one is betraying the truth, and therefore, oneself. When
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Ten Books About Texas: an Approximation

Ten Books About Texas: an Approximation | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
“The making of anthologies is not a task for the faint-hearted,” wrote Larry McMurtry in the opening of his foreword to Don Graham’s Lone Star Literature: From the Red Rive
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Brought to book: when publishers go to court

Brought to book: when publishers go to court | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A writer has just won a legal battle with Marvel and DC, but how do publishers usually fare in the courts?A writer scored a significant victory over publishers this week, when comic book giants Marvel and DC – who had tried to block Graham Jules from using “superhero” in the title of his self-help manual Business Zero to Superhero – backed down after more than two years, just before a hearing in London. Their double shame (first coming across as bullies, then failing) raises the question: how well do publishers fare when they sue or are sued – are they legal superheroes or zeroes? Regina v Penguin, AKA the Chatterley trial (1960) The crown sought the banning of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover under the Obscene Publications Act, and equally ill-advisedly the prosecution was led by fuddy-duddy Mervyn Griffith-Jones, who notoriously urged jurors to reject the book as one they would not wish their “wife or servants to read”. They backed Penguin’s right to publish instead, in a case seen as heralding 60s permissiveness (or, as portrayed in Larkin’s “Annus Mirabilis”, the arrival of “sexual intercourse”). Publisher win Continue reading...
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10 Summery Short Stories You Can Read on Your Phone This Weekend

10 Summery Short Stories You Can Read on Your Phone This Weekend | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
If you’re lucky, you’ll be spending this long weekend barbecuing or beaching or participating in some other kind of ecstatic relaxation to usher in summer. But since you can’t actually spend all of your time staring into the sun or drinking whiskey lemonades, you might need a little extra stimulation—and since this is the last weekend […]
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Children's Fiction: 'My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat' wins Children’s Book Award 2016

Children's Fiction: 'My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat' wins Children’s Book Award 2016 | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Pamela Butchart and illustrator Thomas Flintham are crowned overall winners of this year’s Children’s Book Award Pamela Butchart’s My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat illustrated by Thomas Flintham has just been announced as The Children’s Book Award winner 2016. The book was crowned winner of the overall prize, shortly after winning the Books for Young Readers category! My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat is a zany story about a group of kids who decide that their new head teacher is a vampire. They’ve figured it out because he is quite scary, has the blinds down in his office all day and has banned garlic bread at lunch! The book is fast-paced, irreverent and full of explosive illustration. Continue reading...
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New Alexander Hamilton Novel Gets Presale Boost from Hit Musical

New Alexander Hamilton Novel Gets Presale Boost from Hit Musical | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Riding the wave of Alexander Hamilton mania drummed up by the Broadway hit about the Founding Father, Elizabeth Cobbs’s forthcoming novel, ‘The Hamilton Affair,’ has been given a presale boost from two major chains.
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Boys who live with books ‘earn more as adults’

Boys who live with books ‘earn more as adults’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Italian economists find access to books can materially affect earnings compared with those who grew up with few or none “A room without books is like a body without a soul,” observed the Roman philosopher, Cicero. It can also be a sign of financial hardship to come. New research has uncovered a strong correlation between the earnings of adults and whether they grew up surrounded by books as children. Continue reading...
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Women's Poetry Competition 2016

With springtime comes the launch of our our annual Women’s Poetry Competition! First prize is £2,000, plus a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. We also have a special prize for unpublished poets, to make this a brilliantRead More 
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The Power of Nancy Drew

The Power of Nancy Drew | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Literature adds to reality; it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our live…
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New generation buying books to 'express their personalities'

New generation buying books to 'express their personalities' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
New generation buying books to 'express their personalities'... (First column, 16th story, link)
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37 Books for Parents

37 Books for Parents | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Here’s what to read when you’re expecting. Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! "Our pediatrician gave us a copy of an older version and it was the best reference. No parenting advice, just unbiased information. I give it to every new parent I know." —Lou LaChute, Facebook "They weren’t alarmist and let you know what to be watchful for without being scary. I also liked how everything was broken down month by month as well as by topic. I found them super helpful." —jilliang4ee629412 "It gave me a good heads up of what to expect with my first baby, and I've even cracked it open a couple of times with my second." —Justine Fitting, Facebook Da Capo Lifelong Books The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine "It's both hysterical and incredibly accurate about what exactly is going to go on with your body." —Maimah Phillips, Facebook Pocket Books Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault by Bunmi Laditan "If you ever look at your toddler and wonder what they are thinking, this book will answer that question. It's sarcastic and funny, but oh so relatable." —Sara Lee, Facebook "You HAVE to read Toddlers are A**holes. Go ahead and read it when yours is still an infant to get a good chuckle, and then read it again when that infant is a toddler and you need some reassurance that the craziness is normal." —eryncuz Workman Publishing Company View Entire List ›
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Four Melbourne novelists join Charlotte Wood on Miles Franklin shortlist

Four Melbourne novelists join Charlotte Wood on Miles Franklin shortlist | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Four women are on the shortlist for this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award - and four of the listed writers are new to this stage of the award..
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Short Story Anthology: 'Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature' edited by Jacob Weisman

Short Story Anthology: 'Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature' edited by Jacob Weisman | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A review of Invaders (edited by Jacob Weisman) "entertaining and thought-provoking" https://t.co/eznzqdwr2a @TachyonPub
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South African Nobelist Coetzee on Israel and apartheid: ‘Draw your own conclusions’

South African Nobelist Coetzee on Israel and apartheid: ‘Draw your own conclusions’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
J.M. Coetzee, the South African novelist, said at the Palestine Festival of Literature that it was rarely "productive" to use the word apartheid. But he implied that Israel was enforcing such a system in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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‘Neighborhood Tokyo’ dispels myths about the megacity

‘Neighborhood Tokyo’ dispels myths about the megacity | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
“Neighborhood Tokyo” is a portrait of an average Tokyo neighborhood in Shinagawa Ward where Harvard Anthropologist Theodore Bestor did fieldwork from the late 1970s to early ’80s. Though the book is a rigorous study of social life, Bestor’s wit and candor open it up to general readers. Neighborhood Tokyo, by Theodore C. Bestor347 pagesStanford University […] The post ‘Neighborhood Tokyo’ dispels myths about the megacity appeared first on The Japan Times.
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Goodreads Offering Personalized Daily E-book Discounts

Goodreads Offering Personalized Daily E-book Discounts | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Goodreads Deals will offer significant discounts on selected e-books keyed to the books listed in members' bookshelves
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Children's SF Novel: 'Front Lines' by Michael Grant

Children's SF Novel: 'Front Lines' by Michael Grant | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In this skillfully imagined alternate history, Grant (the Messenger of Fear series) envisions a 1940 lawsuit that leads to the draft and the right to enlist being extended to women. He then follows th
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The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The best horror novelists include some great authors who manage to weave fantastical tales of horror that leave readers scared out of their wits. The horror fictio
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7 Books That Will (Probably) Never Be Printed Again

7 Books That Will (Probably) Never Be Printed Again | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Unless you're willing to spend hundreds of dollars at used bookstores, these titles won't be part of your library anytime soon.
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11 History Books to Read Before Writing Your Military SF Novel

11 History Books to Read Before Writing Your Military SF Novel | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
So you want to be a military science fiction author. You’ve read the classics from all the major authors, and you’ve got a great idea for a novel. Except you haven’t served in the military, and don’t know much beyond what you’ve seen on TV and in movies. Here are 11 books of military history you might want to read before diving in.
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Memoir & War: 'Storm of Steel' by Ernst Jünger — A classic memoir of war

Memoir & War: 'Storm of Steel' by Ernst Jünger — A classic memoir of war | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
He writes about many things other than combat, but all take us into the trenches as he saw them. He writes about fear and panic. He writes about having to live outside, just like a wild animal. Jünger sees the beauty and perhaps you will see it too. This doesn't need to change how you judge war; coral snakes and tsunamis are beautiful too.
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History: 'The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty' by Tracy Borman

History: 'The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty' by Tracy Borman | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Tracy Borman’s engaging attempt to reveal the intimate secrets of Tudor monarchs has one problem: they didn’t really have any
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How Shakespeare has influenced the foundations of modern literature

How Shakespeare has influenced the foundations of modern literature | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A brief insight into what it is that makes William Shakespeare so significant to literary circles 400 years after his death.
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