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Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch has bought National Geographic.

Climate change denier, Rupert Murdoch has bought National Geographic It was announced earlier this week that media giant and climate change denier Rupert Murdoch has bought National Geographic.

Mr Darcy Returns

It’s been 11 years since the Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason and the moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived- the return of Mr Mark Darcy, the character who has been capturing hearts on screen since the very first film stormed the charts way back in 2001. After the first glimpse of Renée Zellweger in character as ...

The Cereal Killer Cafe twins have released a cookbook

The Cereal Killer cafe which now has a shop in Camden as well as Brick Lane, has received dare we say a mixed response since their launch last year.

New Tolkein story to be published

The first fantasy story of JRR Tolkein, author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, will be released later this month.

Entitled ‘The Story of Kullervo’, Tolkein wrote the story whilst studying at the University of Oxford in 1915 as a retelling of the Finnish epic poem ‘Kalevala’. The piece sees a man sold into slavery romance his sister ahead of his suicide.

Prior to its release by HarperCollins on the 27th August, the original unfinished manuscript has been kept in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Prior to this, the text has appeared solely in academic works by American scholar Verlyn Flieger.

Publishing house HarperCollins has called the titular character Kullervo “perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all JRR Tolkien’s characters”. HarperCollins went on to claim that ‘The Story of Kullervo’ is a clear predecessor and inspiration to the narrative of Tolkein’s later work ‘The Silmarillion’ in which the author details the early ages of Middle-Earth.

Writing to poet WH Auden in 1955, Tolk


Man Booker International Super Award

Reported in The Guardian, one of the nation’s most respected literary award bodies, the Man Booker has announced that it will be awarding a new annual prize for foreign-language fiction for both writers and translators.

Books everyone should read: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road (2006) is Cormac McCarthy’s tenth novel, and this, like his others, is bleak and savage, but brilliantly profound. McCarthy has previously explained how this novel, as it revolves entirely around the journey and relationship of a father and his son, was inspired by his own recent experiences as a parent. Set in a post apocalyptic America, where ash ...

Honour for Philip Larkin

Now set to join famous national poets such as William Wordsworth, TS Eliot and Ted Hughes, the now deceased Warwickshire poet Philip Larkin will have a commemorative stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. The floor stone will be shown to the public for the first time on 2 December 2016 – 31 years after the poet’s death. Dean of ...

“Why not have a Year of Publishing Women”

Writing in The Guardian newspaper last Saturday, Kamila Shamsie (author of five novels and a work of non-fiction) challenged the literary world of readers, critics and publishers to acknowledge the under-representation of women in the upper echelons of popular literature.

The original Great Gatsby house for sale

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The New York home where ...

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