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Even footballers like Roald Dahl! Here is Arsenal’s very own BFG with his favourite. 

Even footballers like Roald Dahl! Here is Arsenal’s very own BFG with his favourite. 


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Here’s an event that we WISH that we had been able to attend: Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation. They sat down for an hour and covered a huge variety of topics. Must-watch video here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7326672/events/2831224

Here’s an event that we WISH that we had been able to attend: Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation. They sat down for an hour and covered a huge variety of topics. Must-watch video here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7326672/events/2831224


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Our very brilliant Nick Hornby’s very brilliant novel A LONG WAY DOWN has been adapted into an actual film (in cinemas from today)! Here’s a super exclusive video, with Penguin talking to star Imogen Poots.  


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Ooo well this is nice - Osborne and Little have started selling Penguin Library wall paper. Perfect for all you Penguin lovers out there! 

Ooo well this is nice - Osborne and Little have started selling Penguin Library wall paper. Perfect for all you Penguin lovers out there! 


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A brilliant #shelfie this week, from the very wonderful Nina Stibbe, author of LOVE, NINA.
 Nina says: My ‘shelfie’ shows a section of a wall of shelves. These books belong to the whole family. To start with, the books were arranged alphabetically and, although we didn’t keep it up, you can still see evidence of it in parts. Especially in the less easy to reach sections.
 I don’t like to single out favourite books but if I had to choose a book right now to take onto a desert island it would be something by Arnold Bennett or Dickens or the collected stories of W Somerset Maugham. Gazing at the shelves now, I suddenly have urge to reread Kazuo Ishiguru and Barbara Pym (especially the wonderful Some Tame Gazelle). I’m surprised by how many books Anne Tyler has written, I notice that we have three copies of Money by Martin Amis and I note that I never did finish Edna O’Brien’s autobiography. Mostly though, I’m reminded of the enormous joy brought to this family by JK Rowling.

A brilliant #shelfie this week, from the very wonderful Nina Stibbe, author of LOVE, NINA.

 Nina says: My ‘shelfie’ shows a section of a wall of shelves. These books belong to the whole family. To start with, the books were arranged alphabetically and, although we didn’t keep it up, you can still see evidence of it in parts. Especially in the less easy to reach sections.

 I don’t like to single out favourite books but if I had to choose a book right now to take onto a desert island it would be something by Arnold Bennett or Dickens or the collected stories of W Somerset Maugham. Gazing at the shelves now, I suddenly have urge to reread Kazuo Ishiguru and Barbara Pym (especially the wonderful Some Tame Gazelle). I’m surprised by how many books Anne Tyler has written, I notice that we have three copies of Money by Martin Amis and I note that I never did finish Edna O’Brien’s autobiography. Mostly though, I’m reminded of the enormous joy brought to this family by JK Rowling.


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Ever wanted to know what 2 million book sales look like…well now you do! Love this from lovereading.co.uk. 

Ever wanted to know what 2 million book sales look like…well now you do! Love this from lovereading.co.uk


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'Funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the CATCH-22 of dentistry, but it’s sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author’s invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books.' Stephen King
Published 5th June, 2014

'Funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the CATCH-22 of dentistry, but it’s sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author’s invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books.' Stephen King

Published 5th June, 2014


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'No living writer exerts quite the same grip on the British imagination as John le Carre and his Smiley novels'

—Robert McCrum on John le Carré


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Today’s shelfie comes from publicist Lija, whose shelves demonstrate her passion for cats, old-looking books and insects trapped in resin. 


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Not only is today World Book Day, but also #MárquezDay, celebrating the peerless Gabriel García Márquez. 


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