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Best adapted screenplay: And the Oscar goes to…

Best adapted screenplay: And the Oscar goes to…

The awards season is upon us, which means the internet is being swamped with thousands of red carpet snaps, YouTube clips of sarcastic ceremony hosts, and a lot of fuss surrounding which film will get the Oscar for best picture. But personally, being a rather bookish bunch, we’re actually getting pretty excited about the best adapted screenplay category.

February 1, 2016

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National Storytelling Week: Storytelling 101

National Storytelling Week: Storytelling 101

Once upon a time humans started telling stories. This sounds vague, but it's actually pretty accurate, as humans and stories seem about as old as each other. Storytelling appears to have just happened, and has thankfully kept on happening ever since.

January 25, 2016

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Winnie the Pooh Day

Winnie the Pooh Day

Today, January 18th, is the birthday of author A.A. Milne. And it is thus, that today we celebrate what I believe to be his most marvellous creation: Winnie the Pooh.

January 18, 2016

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Letters - the magic is not going anywhere

Letters - the magic is not going anywhere

Last month children from across the world wrote letters to a very special someone - Santa Claus.

January 12, 2016

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The Harry Potter lists that every Potter lover needs

The Harry Potter lists that every Potter lover needs

Here at Listening Books the Harry Potter series regularly tops our list of most downloaded audiobooks. As every Potter fan will know, this success can be easily explained - the books are great. Like really great. And that might still be the biggest understatement ever.

November 23, 2015

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Wicked Word Trivia

Wicked Word Trivia

It’s time for a quick bit of wicked trivia for you  -  namely where the words ‘wicked’ (as in good), ‘daiquiri’ and ‘T-shirt’ came from.

November 20, 2015

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Something About a Pig: Why Animal Farm was criticised when it was released

Something About a Pig: Why Animal Farm was criticised when it was released

An allegorical, satirical and dystopian masterwork was published 70 years ago last month — The one, the only ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.

October 15, 2015

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Uplifting Books: 10 Feel-good titles to boost your mood

Uplifting Books: 10 Feel-good titles to boost your mood

Sometimes you just need something uplifting - whether you're working through a hard time in your life or having a down day, a book can often be just the thing. Not only a distraction taking you to another place, but also offering hope, stories have so many positive qualities for mental health.

October 11, 2015

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Understanding ourselves and others through fiction: 7 Books on Mental Health and Mental Illness

Understanding ourselves and others through fiction: 7 Books on Mental Health and Mental Illness

In honour of World Mental Heath day today, we have put together a list of books which include the theme of mental health or specific mental illnesses.

October 10, 2015

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Science And Mars, a History of Literature’s Evolving View of The Red Planet

Science And Mars, a History of Literature’s Evolving View of The Red Planet

As we come to the end of World Space Week, we’re going to look at the red planet and how our understanding of Mars has affected literature and sci fi.

October 9, 2015

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