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Etymology: Audio - Where did the word come from?

Etymology: Audio - Where did the word come from?

I sometimes find myself wondering why things are called what they are. Take ‘blog’ for instance. You could have a good guess that the word started out as some sort of ‘log’ or diary for something. But why the ‘b’ at the start?

October 26, 2015

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The best books for your commute

The best books for your commute

When you're commuting, sometimes quietly thinking can be quite pleasant. But there are other times, on a bus, train, or intergalactic spaceship (what d'you mean that's just Sci Fi?!) - possibly surrounded by hordes of grumpy faces, occasionally squished between armpits and rucksacks, and almost certainly trying to avoid eye contact - when your journey needs that little something extra. It needs a book.

October 19, 2015

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Why Animal Farm was criticised when it was released

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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10 Feel-good, uplifting titles to boost your mood

10 Feel-good, uplifting 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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7 Books on Mental Health and Mental Illness: Understanding ourselves and others through fiction

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

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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World Sight Day 2015

World Sight Day 2015

Today is World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual awareness day to focus attention on blindness and visual impairment - and to showcase why eye health needs everyone's attention.

October 8, 2015

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National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

Thomas Hardy observed that ideas and thoughts expressed through poetry seemed to garner more acceptance and tolerance than when said in normal prose. This is just one reason of many why poetry is so important and loved throughout the world, and as tomorrow is National Poetry Day, the Listening Books team are sharing some of their favourite poems with you to get you in the mood...

October 7, 2015

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Listening Books on Bloglovin'

Listening Books on Bloglovin'

Bloglovin' is a platform that allows users to read, organise, and discover their favourite blogs. So if you've already got an account you can add Listening Books Blog to yours, or you can set up an account and follow us so that our posts appear in your feed. Any new posts will also be included in your emails.

October 6, 2015

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Agatha Christie and the Case of the Missing Author

Agatha Christie and the Case of the Missing Author

We’re going to use today to focus on one of Christie’s greatest mysteries — what she did for 11 days in December 1926, and why.

October 5, 2015

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