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The Best Food in Fiction

The Best Food in Fiction

What food in fiction makes you hungry? From peaches to cake to full meals, here's a list of the best food descriptions in books!

November 18, 2020

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A Sneak Peak into Our Upcoming New Titles

A Sneak Peak into Our Upcoming New Titles

We’ll soon be adding lots of new titles to both our online and CD catalogues - some that are at the top of the book’s charts, some by brilliant debut authors and some that have been requested by Listening Books’ members. We know that you might be craving new audiobooks more than usual at the moment (we know we are!), so here’s a little taste of what’s coming to our catalogue very soon!

June 4, 2020

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23 Celebrity Autobiographies Read by the Author

23 Celebrity Autobiographies Read by the Author

What's even better than getting to know more about your famous celebrity? Having them read it in their own voice!

June 14, 2019

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Banned Books Week: The Right to Read

Banned Books Week: The Right to Read

This year, the UK is celebrating Banned Books Week to highlight the history of censorship. One of the most famous examples is Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence. The book was famously banned in the UK because of its explicit content. In 1960, Penguin Books won a court case to publish it due to the 'Obscene Publications Act'. This act said that any book considered obscene but with "redeeming social merit" could be published. After six days, the jury found the book was not obscene. It sold out across the UK on the first day of publication, with 200,000 copies bought. Almost 60 years on, this is considered a landmark case that represented the end of an era.

September 25, 2017

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Ruth Hatfield Interview: On The Book of Storms trilogy, travelling, and bringing plants and animals to life

Ruth Hatfield Interview: On The Book of Storms trilogy, travelling, and bringing plants and animals to life

Ruth Hatfield is a writer and archaeologist, known for her The Book of Storms trilogy. The series is aimed at children and teens and follows Danny, whos parents are storm chasers...

July 24, 2017

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Favourite Fiction: Audiobook Recommendations

Favourite Fiction: Audiobook Recommendations

It’s the final day of our book recommendations, and we’ve saved the best for last with six sensational stories to listen to! From crime to dystopian speculative fiction to humour, whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got an audiobook for you.

June 22, 2017

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The Man Behind The Wizard of Oz: Ten Curious Facts

The Man Behind The Wizard of Oz: Ten Curious Facts

161 years ago today L. Frank Baum, best known as the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the best-selling children’s book for two years after its initial publication in 1900. But it was just one of the 55 novels, four ‘lost works’, 83 stories and 200 poems that Baum wrote. So for his birthday, we thought we delve a little into the varied and fascinating life of Lyman Frank Baum.

May 15, 2017

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Why children’s books that teach diversity are more important than ever

Why children’s books that teach diversity are more important than ever

If you think back to your childhood, what sticks with you? For many people, it’s those cosy times when they were cuddled up with a parent or grandparent, being read a story

March 27, 2017

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Seven of the best literary bears

Seven of the best literary bears

It's Hug a Bear Day! If you've read the blog before, you might have caught that I'm a huge Winnie-the-Pooh fan. Well, I'll confess to you now, that whilst Winnie-the-Pooh might be my favourite literary bear, I love a lot of bears. By which I mean fictional bears, and cuddly bears, and fictional bears that you'd really like to cuddle.

November 7, 2016

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Talk Like a Pirate Day is a thing and these books will give you all the lingo

Talk Like a Pirate Day is a thing and these books will give you all the lingo

Arrrrr! Ahoy me-hearties! Ye scallywags 'av plundered ye'selves some crackin' booty 'ere, eh?! .... Phew! Talking like a pirate is hard work! But yes, Talk Like a Pirate Day really is a thing. So it looks like I need to get in training!

September 19, 2016

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