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Stress less: Tips to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing

Stress less: Tips to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing

National Stress Awareness Day falls tomorrow on 4th November 2015. While this years' focus is on employee wellbeing, an important issue, this post aims to help reduce stress in all aspects of your life.

November 3, 2015

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National Novel Writing Month: Inspiration

National Novel Writing Month: Inspiration

National Novel Writing Month kicks off on November 1st, and if you've ever thought of writing your own novel, (or are thinking about it now!) why not get involved?

October 28, 2015

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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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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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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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