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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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Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor

Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor

Literature professor Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machines – the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Their conversations quickly revealed to them the many, wildly various, meanings of “time travel”. Here, they discuss how time travelling in literary and scientific terms might, one day, coincide.

July 4, 2017

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Why I Treasure the Harry Potter Audiobooks

Why I Treasure the Harry Potter Audiobooks

Despite the growing technological panic at the cusp of the twenty-first century, my parents only owned one CD player. It was too big to move from the sitting room, so the audiobook was bought for me as six cassette tapes to listen to in my bedroom. At nine years old, I had already amassed an impressive collection of audiobooks on cassette - I've always struggled to fall asleep and need to be tricked into unconsciousness by distraction from overthinking and worrying. I had Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me memorised, and had been forced to give up my Thomas the Tank Engine cassette to my sister, who was, in fairness, deserving; she's younger than me and suffers from the same problem sleeping.

June 26, 2017

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How Audiobooks Changed My Life

How Audiobooks Changed My Life

It sounds like a cliché, but I've always loved to read. My journey into personhood was guided less by those around me and more by the worlds I inhabited and the people I met on my fictional travels. I wanted to be Matilda for ages. I genuinely thought that if I read more books my brain would become so advanced I’d be able to close my curtains without leaving my bed.

June 23, 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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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: Non-fiction Audiobook Recommendations

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: Non-fiction Audiobook Recommendations

I know, I know, non-fiction has a bit of a reputation as being dry, but I'm here to let you know there are some really fascinating non-fiction audiobooks out there. I’ve pulled together five of the ones I’ve learnt the most from, so sit back, relax, and learn some cool facts while being read to!

June 21, 2017

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Speech from the Stars: Audiobook Recommendations

Speech from the Stars: Audiobook Recommendations

When I was thirteen and wishing that Orlando Bloom would read me the phonebook (it was 2003, that’s the only excuse I have), I could never have dreamt that there would be so many books read by celebrities to choose from.

June 20, 2017

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Interview: Michelle Paver on hands-on research, wolves, and Sir Ian McKellen

Interview: Michelle Paver on hands-on research, wolves, and Sir Ian McKellen

Michelle Paver is a novelist and children's author best known for her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. She spoke to Abbie Jaggers about pretending to be a wolf, having her books narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, oh, and that time she came face to face with a black bear in the Californian forest!

June 19, 2017

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Interview: Vaseem Khan on elephants, India, and the fourth book in the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series

Interview: Vaseem Khan on elephants, India, and the fourth book in the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series

Vaseem Khan is author of the crime series Baby Ganesh Detective Agency. The novels are set in Mumbai, India and the detective on the case is accompanied by a baby elephant!

June 12, 2017

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What to listen to next? Audiobook recommendations galore

What to listen to next? Audiobook recommendations galore

It can always be difficult to pick your next title to listen to. Whether you've just come off the back of listening to a book you loved or one that you're not sure was quite right for you, or if you've never listened to an audiobook before, how do you pick from the vast range of books out there?

June 5, 2017

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