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New book releases: 2016 so far

New book releases: 2016 so far

We’re now almost a third of the way through the year (what, really? Surely it’s still February?), but what does 2016 have to show for itself? Well, if the news is anything to go by, it seems to have been dominated by the continuing migrant crisis, Donald Trump, and nobody knowing what to think about the EU referendum.

April 11, 2016

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Curious jobs authors had before they were famous writers

Curious jobs authors had before they were famous writers

Writers and authors often start off with different jobs or careers before writing pays the bills. And for many of the best authors out there, they didn't know for a while that novels would be their calling!

April 4, 2016

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7 blogs that offer great audiobook reviews and recommendations

7 blogs that offer great audiobook reviews and recommendations

You're wondering what to listen to next, you don't know where to start on browsing Amazon comments, and you just want a few trustworthy audiobook reviews. Blogs can be a great place to find this sort of thing!

March 29, 2016

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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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Disabled Access Day - What you need to know

Disabled Access Day - What you need to know

Disabled Access Day begun in 2015 with a view to furthering the conversation between disabled individuals and venues, and to raise the profile of disabled access. This year it takes place on 12th March 2016.

March 11, 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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