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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Today is one of those relatively rare days of the year when we can celebrate a birth and commemorate a death – both of these novelists are American, pretty much required reading within their genres, and both are favourites of …

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Today in 1949, Margaret Mitchell died in Atlanta, Georgia – the town of her birth, 49 years earlier. Only one of Mitchell’s novels was published during her lifetime, but what a novel it is:  the remarkable and memorable Gone With …

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