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My Left Foot, the Autobiography of Christy Brown

My Left Foot, the Autobiography of Christy Brown

April 22, 2014.

The story of Christy Brown is as inspirational as it is curious. Born with severe Cerebral Palsy, Brown was spared a life in convalescent hospitals by his parents, incredulous at the suggestion of anything other than personal care. Shunning the advice of doctors, they opted to raise their son with his siblings at the family home. Despite

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The Timeless Works of Graham Greene

The Timeless Works of Graham Greene

March 14, 2014.

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. – Graham Greene The licentious lifestyle of Graham Greene would be of little surprise to even the casual reader – the author’s recreations of the spectrum of the human condition suggest a less-than-pious life lived, after all. Born in 1904 to an established middle-class

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“I Am The First In The East, The First in The West, And The Greatest Philosopher In The Known World.” – A Pickle for the Knowing Ones

“I Am The First In The East, The First in The West, And The Greatest Philosopher In The Known World.” – A Pickle for the Knowing Ones

February 28, 2014.

One of the most gratifying curiosities of working in this trade is that every now and then you turn up a book that, though it be small in stature and ever so obscure, nonetheless makes an expansively good excuse for a story. Just so with this lovely copy of “A Pickle for the Knowing Ones”,

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Love in Letters – Author to Author (Part Two)

Love in Letters – Author to Author (Part Two)

February 21, 2014.

Last week, we offered up some salacious script from the very soul of particularly lovelorn writers. They can be found here. Not all love is that which stirs the loins, however. History has offered up adoration and camaraderie of a more innocent but equally perfervid sort, and a selection is displayed below. Less heat under

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A Golden Year for Publishing – the Legacy of 1922

A Golden Year for Publishing – the Legacy of 1922

February 14, 2014.

Written with Grace Barham At first glance, it might be considered a little difficult to pick out one specific year in the 20th Century that stands out as the very best in book publishing. While there certainly several notable contenders – the rest of which we’ll cover at a later date – there’s a huge

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Love in Letters – Author to Author (Part One)

Love in Letters – Author to Author (Part One)

February 14, 2014.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, and happily without the expected recital of the Sonnets, we’ve put together a list of literary greats as they fawn over one another in displays of love, mentorship and camaraderie. There were so many examples, in fact , that this blog will be a two-parter. Check back next week

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The Contradictions of A.A. Milne

The Contradictions of A.A. Milne

January 30, 2014.

    “I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next.” It is easy enough to take tales of bears, piglets, owls and donkeys at face value, labelling a

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The First Hardy Boys Book: The Tower Treasure

The First Hardy Boys Book: The Tower Treasure

January 29, 2014.

  The 1920s have been described as The Golden Age of Detective Fiction, a decade when a huge audience of readers hungered for new mystery novels, and authors like Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ellery Queen became literary stars. It was at the height of this craze that Edward Stratemeyer, owner of book packaging firm the

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The Origin of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

The Origin of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

December 20, 2013.

  It may be the most loved Christmas Story ever written. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was a bestseller when it was published in 1843, and has never been out of print. It has inspired hundreds of stage and film adaptations and has influenced the way people around the world view Christmas. Dickens wrote four

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The Metropolis of Tomorrow by Hugh Ferriss

November 29, 2013.

During the early 20th century, particularly the 1920s and 30s, the United States saw an explosion in the construction of new skyscrapers, as advances in steel and concrete technology allowed architects to stretch their imaginations and build larger and higher than ever before. It was in this fevered rush to remake whole cities that architectural draughtsman

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