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10 women who changed Science Fiction

It’s no secret that I am an avid Science Fiction reader, or that I really admire Margaret Atwood.  But she’s not by any means the only important woman writing in the field – SF is as much for, and by,

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FREE AUDIO: ‘We’, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Calling all lovers of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, etc. etc.  Anyone who likes dystopian literature, or the struggles of the one against the many, against the State.  Here I go again, getting HIGHLY excited about a radio dramatisation that

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Books to give you hope? The Handmaid’s Tale

  The Guardian are currently running a series of articles on ‘books to give you hope’ and the inclusion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale caught my eye.  Whilst it’s a favourite book, it’s not one I would necessarily have

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Literary Anniversaries: 22 August

Today, in 1920, Ray Bradbury was born. Bradbury is probably best known for writing the classic dystopian novel, ‘Fahrenheit 451‘ (named after the temperature at which he believed paper burst into flames).  We (rightly) have such negative connotations of ‘book-burners’, and

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New YA Fiction from the author of ‘Itch’

Many parents will know Simon Mayo as a Radio DJ that people of (ahem) my age will have grown older with over the last twenty or so years.  He teams up with Mark Kermode to make the funniest and most

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Literary Anniversaries: 10 August

Today, in 1962, Suzanne Collins was born in Connecticut, United States. She needs little introduction of course, although many people don’t realise that she was a successful author of work for children before The Hunger Games came along.

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Literary Anniversaries: 26 July

Today we wish ‘many happy returns’ to Aldous Huxley, born in 1894. Huxley came from a famous family, and was educated at Eton and Oxford, but by the time he died he was widely-recognised in his own right as an

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Free Audio: Nineteen Eighty-Four

“War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength” and “2+2=5” Want to know more?  What do these confusing statements mean?  What’s all the fuss about?

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‘The Long Walk’: to Bardsea, and beyond …

To mark today’s school sponsored walk (which I’m told is about 8 miles), I wanted to share one of my favourite books about walking … once read, never forgotten, I promise you! I can’t believe this book didn’t influence Suzanne Collins

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