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The Anatomy of Crime

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Wellcome Trust are launching a new exhibition in February, perfect for any crime fans out there: ‘Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime‘. Using real-life case studies,  the exhibition ‘travels from crime scene to courtroom, across centuries and continents, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. […]

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Get ready for your favourite books making the big-screen in 2015

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

We’re all aware of the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, due to hit screens in February. But what of the other book-to-screen productions coming up in 2015?     A huge fan of Gone Girl, the book and the film, I’ll be saving space in my diary for the next Gillian […]

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National Readathon Day Roundup

Monday, January 26th, 2015

On Saturday 24th January, Penguin Random House, together with Goodreads, Mashable and the National Book Foundation, celebrated National Readathon Day by encouraging people all across the world to read between noon and 4pm in their respective time zones. Their aim was to highlight how fortunate those with the power of literacy are, compared to that […]

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High Rise in Film

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

It’s always a good day when you find out one of your favourite books is being made into a film. This week’s revelation is J. G. Ballard‘s High Rise. The director has already started tweeting cryptic photos of the set and an early teaser poster has been released: Copyright Jay Shaw Starring actor-of-the-moment Tom Hiddleston and Sienna […]

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Bitter Greens Takes Another Captive

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

This week I began reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth and, at the risk of appearing biased, have been totally captivated by it. What we know as the fairy tale, Rapunzel, is traced back to its origin, any glossing-over or ‘Disneying’ forgotten. The stories of the three central female characters are cleverly woven together: Charlotte […]

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Slow and steady…

Monday, January 19th, 2015

It’s the perfect weather to be tucked up inside with a book at the moment and yet I don’t seem to be getting through any of the three reads I have on the go with much pace. But there’s a new reading craze that tells me I’m not alone in this and neither should I […]

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Should we fictionalise real people?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

It cannot be denied that stories from the past, recent or distant, are incredibly popular with modern audiences. From success of television drama The Tudors, telling of Henry VIII’s reign, to the feature-length Titanic, we are intrigued by historical events. However, to what extent is fictionalising the past misleading audiences and is it ethically correct […]

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New Favourites

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Last weekend I went to one of my favourite exhibitions of the year: Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the National History Museum. Now in its 50th year, the exhibition ‘provides a global showcase of the very best nature photograph’. I always find myself astonished by the ‘Young Photographer of the Year’ award as some […]

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Perfume psychology with our favourite authors

Monday, January 12th, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed Emerald Street’s article last week matching famous authors to their comparative perfumes. Based on nothing more than their writing and a passing knowledge of their lives, here are some speculative suggestions for the preferred scents of our favourite writers. Anaïs Nin Mitsouko features frequently in Anaïs Nin’s writing, including Henry And June. […]

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Leave Frankenstein Alone

Friday, January 9th, 2015

It saddens me that production companies feel compelled every few years to churn out yet another Frankenstein remake. With their reputation for all-star casts and their textual inaccuracy –it is unforgivable to confuse the name of the creator with the created –it needs to stop. In the same year as the National Theatre stage production […]

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A Year in Books

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has set himself the challenge of reading a new book every two weeks for the entirety of 2015. The project, called A Year in Books,  was shared on Facebook on January 3rd and has since gathered over 180,000 followers. Zuckerburg’s mission statement  says ‘Our books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and […]

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The A&B Forecast

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Whilst thinking about my New Year’s resolutions and upcoming schedules, I’m also looking forward to some fab new books coming out of the A&B factory in the next few months. Take a look below at my recommendations for some of our exciting new titles, and see what the rest of the A&B office is waiting […]

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