UK Books – The Independent – Enid Blyton 50 years on: Let’s be more critical about books venerated in the past

In 2008, Blyton was voted Britain’s best-loved author. But we should remember that sexism, racism, snobbery and xenophobia all featured in her children’s books, says Ceri Radford Half a century has passed since Enid Blyton died on 28 November 1968, fading out of a world that was changing alarmingly from the sunlit chauvinism of her stories. She left…

UK Books – booklaunch.london (Huh? Why London?)

      First impressions: If only Booklaunch’s online usability was as good as its contents. A brilliant idea rushed to market … Booklaunch is a project of New Premises Ltd 12 Wellfield Avenue, London N10 2EA. Published by Stephen Games Designed by Pearce Marchbank RDI Printed by Mortons Media Group Ltd. Registered in England at Media…

TV – PBS – The Great American Read

The Great American Read premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 8/7c. Official trailer The 100 List   THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their…

UK Books – Exhaustion of rights

  The concept of ‘exhaustion of rights’ (from the blog post Amazon and Brexit fuel territoriality fears) is not something I am familiar with, and the following article, courtesy WIPR provides a helpful explanation: Brexit: changes ahead for exhaustion of rights If the UK leaves the EU without joining the European Economic Area, the principle of trademark…

UK Books – Nic Cheeseman & Brian Klaas : How to Rig an Election

How to Rig an Election Nic Cheeseman, Brian Klaas Price: £18.99 Format: Hardback Publication date: 24 Apr 2018 ISBN: 9780300204438 Imprint: Yale University Press Dimensions: 320 pages: 210 x 140mm Illustrations: 12 figs. An engrossing analysis of the pseudo-democratic methods employed by despots around the world to retain control Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian…