Category: September

                                    It’s not so long ago that we were celebrating Herman Melville’s birthday, but today we celebrate 125 years since his death in 1891 …

Literary Anniversaries: 28 September Read More »

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Today’s literary anniversary comes with a ‘Parental Advisory’ warning – the writer, Irvine Welsh, best known for Trainspotting (1993), was born in 1957 in Edinburgh. “You can’t lie to your soul.”

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Today’s birthday author is Mark Haddon, born in 1962. Haddon wrote his first novel, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (2003) as a book for adults, and yet it won the Whitbread Prize for children’s fiction and I …

Literary Anniversaries: 26 September Read More »

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I feel a bit of a fraud writing today’s anniversary post for F Scott Fitzgerald, born today in 1896. That’s because Mr. Martin (Head of English!) has an almost legendary love for the novel The Great Gatsby (1925), whilst to …

Literary Anniversaries: 24 September Read More »

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On this day in 1889 the novelist, Wilkie Collins died in London. A close friend and collaborator with Charles Dickens (who helped publish some of his works), Collins is best known for two important and really entertaining classic novels.  The …

Literary Anniversaries: 23 September Read More »

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              Today is officially Hobbit Day! “Today is my 111th birthday. 111 years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable Hobbits. I don’t know half of you half …

Literary Anniversaries: 22 September Read More »

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One blog post was never going to be enough to write about today’s two birthday boys – not least that one of them is celebrating his 150th birthday  in 2016! ‘Remember that hope is a good thing, maybe the best …

Literary Anniversaries: 21 September Read More »

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Taking an average reading speed of 300 words per minute, it would take nearly 100 hours to read the series of books that today’s birthday boy is most famous for (which stands at 1,770,000 words).  Any ideas who it could …

Literary Anniversaries: 20 September Read More »

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                        In 1709 a man was born who would change the English language forever … Dr. Samuel Johnson spent the best part of a decade compiling the first systematic …

Literary Anniversaries: 18 September Read More »

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Today in 1935, the novelist Ken Kesey was born. Fans of The Simpsons might be interested to know that he grew up in one of the 34 places in America which are called Springfield!  Like Agatha Christie (see 15 September) …

Literary Anniversaries: 17 September Read More »

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