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Popular TV shows and the books they were based on: House of Cards

Popular TV shows and the books they were based on: House of Cards

It's common knowledge that many of today's biggest television series were inspired by or based on books. Some came from bestsellers, others from lesser known titles. In a lot of cases, it has been the TV successes that have pushed the stories into popular culture, but this shouldn't take anything away from the books!

March 22, 2016

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Popular TV shows and the books they were based on: Game of Thrones

Popular TV shows and the books they were based on: Game of Thrones

It's common knowledge that many of today's biggest television series were inspired by or based on books. Some came from bestsellers, others from lesser known titles. In a lot of cases, it has been the TV successes that have pushed the stories into popular culture, but this shouldn't take anything away from the books!

March 21, 2016

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Science Fiction by African Writers

Science Fiction by African Writers

The population of the developing world is growing faster than anywhere else on Earth, and the futures of the people who live there are crucial to the collective future of the planet. But most of the futures depicted in science fiction writing do not include this hugely significant part of the world. To explore why, Richard Hodson spoke to Ivor W Hartmann – Zimbabwean writer, and publisher of the anthology AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers through his independent micro-press, StoryTime.

March 17, 2016

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Celebrating women authors: favourites from the Listening Books team

Celebrating women authors: favourites from the Listening Books team

To mark International Women's Day we're celebrating some of Listening Books' favourite women authors. We've not based it on the top sellers, or necessarily the most poignant - but on the most enjoyment and satisfaction we get when listening to or reading their books. So here's to the women we love to read!

March 7, 2016

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The Best Audiobooks Read By Famous Actors and Actresses

The Best Audiobooks Read By Famous Actors and Actresses

Having someone read to you is great. It's part of what makes audiobooks so magical. A voice can really add to the story and sometimes it's as though the reader is there in the room with you. What if a few of those voices were famous actors and actresses? 

February 29, 2016

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I Volunteer Because...

I Volunteer Because...

Today is the start of the 15th annual Student Volunteering Week. This initiative that highlights the amazing work of student volunteers in the UK, as well as inspiring more and more students to give volunteering a try. It's about collaboration, helping and having fun.

February 22, 2016

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Children's books that will make you cry

Children's books that will make you cry

The Guardian recently published this article on books that make you cry. A book that gets the tears going is usually a good one, and the comments showed an interesting trend. Among the Time Traveller's Wifes and Attonements of the world, were a whole host of children's books.

February 11, 2016

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Author: Margaret Forster

Author: Margaret Forster

Honouring author Margaret Forster, who died on Monday, aged 77. Award-winning author Margaret Forster wrote a great many well-loved novels and biographies. Her earliest success was Georgy Girl, published in 1965, which was turned into a film the following year.

February 9, 2016

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National Libraries Day: The curious case of the lesser-spotted library

National Libraries Day: The curious case of the lesser-spotted library

Today is National Libraries Day! All over the country, people are celebrating what makes our libraries special. And in the face of funding cuts and widespread library closures in the UK, showing your support for libraries is more important now than ever.

February 6, 2016

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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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