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Celebrate a spooky halloween half-term at Foyles

Foyles will be hosting a series of spooky events for children this half-term, from 25th October until 2nd November, in three of its London stores: Royal Festival Hall, Westfield White City and Westfield Stratford City. Children of all ages are invited to take part in ghostly activities including fancy dress treasure hunts, storytelling and crafty activities, with the chance to win goody bags and special pri ...

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Unique buys for book-lovers.

Below are 6 unique hand picked products that are ideal for the avid reader who couldn't think of anything better than getting their head stuck in a good book. Whether you are treating yourself or in need of the perfect yet unoriginal gift for someone, these products are definitely out of the ordinary and will transform any home or office into a personalised literature haven.  Literary paper rose - Bookish E ...

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Read it, see it, enjoy it!

Are you after a riveting book or gripping film this summer? don’t miss these blockbusters! Sisterland (£16.99, Doubleday) 6 July Identical twin sisters, Kate and Violet, always knew they were different. And while Violet embraced her abilities to prophesise future events, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their disparate paths have led them back to their hometown of St. Louis, and Kate – a de ...

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Life-changing books

When a good story touches you deeply, you might be surprised at what happens in the next chapter of your own life… There’s no denying it, when you find a novel you love, normal life goes on hold. You miss your stop on the train, ignore your favourite TV show and stay up half the night to finish ‘just one more chapter’. And when you reluctantly turn the very last page, chances are you’ll feel strangely beref ...

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Was EL James’ husband the author’s inspiration for Fifty Shades of Grey?

Husband to the saucy pen master, Niall, sets the record straight about his involvement in the explicit trilogy While EL James’ husband, Niall, must undoubtedly feel proud about his wife’s success in the literary field, he has also had to clarify his own involvement in the penmanship of the Fifty Shades novels. No, critics have not asked whether Niall helped spell check his wife’s wo ...

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Can’t wait for Downton Abbey? Try these books

Series three of Downton Abbey starts again on the 16th September but if you can’t wait then try these books for an instant fix of upper class drama. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy MitfordThe House: Hampton, somewhere in the English countryside.The family: The Hamptons – Lords, Ladies and Lecherous Lecturers Despite the cold English climate, the aristocratic Hamtons of Nancy Mitford’s novel spend a lot of ti ...

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Fifty shades too far?

The trend for erotic literature has reached new heights as authors seek to revamp old classics in the raunchy vein. As the Fifty Shades phenomenon continues to sweep the nation – trilogies are being past down from mothers to daughters and new book clubs are being set up in its honour (mainly involving giggle led discussions about X-rated scenes while being in the throws of rose wine ...

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Want to read a classic for your holiday?

As we keep up with the latest best-sellers it's easy to overlook the classics. Sometimes titles such as 'War and Peace' can become so synonymous with the reading 'to do' list that we forget to actually read them. Make a change this year though and take a trip back during your holiday with a missed classic novel that could potentially become your new favourite. Here are our choices of the not so obvious clas ...

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Literary classics that will make you blush

So it seems the overwhelming success of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic novel (or 'mummy porn' as it's now being called) that has taken the e-readers of millions of women by storm, has caused a sexual reawakening of sorts in the publishing industry, and all our favourite literary protagonists look set to share in the experience. Clandestine Classics has created a new series of books which will br ...

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I Love Printed Books – Why Should I Buy an E-reader?

Maybe it’s the satisfaction of turning a page, the feel of paper between your fingers, or the sweet smell of a freshly-opened book that makes letting go and buying an e-reader difficult for some; understandably so, as books have been with us for thousands of years. However, with the e-reader market rife with competition, there’s never been a better time to get your hands on a Kindle, Kobo or something simil ...

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50 Shades of Grey: would you let your mum read it?

If the above title means nothing to you, chances are you’ve been hidden under a rock, buried under the depths of the vast Arctic Ocean for the last six months - that, or you’re a man (and even they don’t remain unscathed by this literary craze!). It’s the erotic novel that has been sweeping the nation. But why is it only now that such a book has taken the UK - and the world - by storm? Penned by 40-somethin ...

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