The Best Movies About Writers

The Best Movies About Writers

While it is true that many authors spend their lives squirrelling away behind a desk, some have lived lives larger than the books they wrote. Whether you are obsessed with the dreamy aesthetics of bookish characters in tweeds or want to get in the heads of your favourite writers, we have the definitive list of the best films made about authors that will tick all your boxes.   Bright Star (2009)   One of the greatest poets who ever lived, John Keats life was cut short far too early at the age of 25 from tuberculosis. Jane Campion deftly paints the quiet and brief love story between the poet, played by Ben Whishaw and Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish.  ...

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10 Classic "Beach Reads": Your Essential Holiday Escape Guide!

10 Classic "Beach Reads": Your Essential Holiday Escape Guide!

The essential part of any holiday is grabbing a good novel at the bookshop or the airport before you go. For some, it’s an escapist romance or a gripping crime thriller. But what if fizzing rom-coms or murderous plots don’t exact meet your reading criteria?   Here is my list of the top 10 classic reads that will keep you entertained on your sun lounger and still scratch that literary itch!   If you love an atmospheric mystery….     Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier   This book has it all - set in the gothic and eerie Manderley, a manor house on the wild shore of Cornwall, the young protagonist is swept up in a holiday romance with a...

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Marilyn Monroe’s Literary Life

Marilyn Monroe’s Literary Life

  Beyond the movie magic and bleach blond waves, it is now well known that Marilyn Monroe had an intellectual side - a love of literature and a deep yearning for knowledge. As she matured, her collection of books grew into a huge library. Her favourite book was reportedly Ulysses by James Joyce.   Marilyn in Amagassett, reading her favourite book   Typecast by Hollywood, Marilyn lacked true fulfilment in the superficial and sometimes brutal world of celluloid. The movies had cemented her status as a beautiful blonde with few brains. To this day, her image is mostly associated with a kind of vapid beauty: bleach blonde hair, porcelain skin and big doe eyes. But this was merely a star...

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This Dance of Light: The Life of Everybody's Favorite Poet, Rumi

This Dance of Light: The Life of Everybody's Favorite Poet, Rumi

If you asked most people who the best-selling poet in the United States is, not many would think it was a Muslim scholar born over 800 years ago. And yet, Rumi's timeless poetry is beloved by so many the world over. But who is this mysterious poet, who writes such moving and lyrical words that speak directly to the reader. Read on for my short bio of the most romantic poet who has ever lived...   A portrait of Rumi - poet, mystic, teacher, scholar   Rumi had an itinerant childhood. His father was a prominent preacher and jurist. Rumi was born in Wakhsh, now modern-day Tajikistan. The family moved from Rumi's birthplace at the arrival of the invading Mongols...

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Books To Read Before You Travel To…

Books To Read Before You Travel To…

One of the best ways to feel more immersed in a culture before you travel is to read about it! Go beyond the blogs, Google reviews and travel influencers with fiction classics that are truly “transportive”. Delving into another culture through literature is a great way to connect with the place you are visiting, beyond the typical tourist trail. Here are a few of my favourite picks to inspire you for your next big trip!   ….Japan   Murakami is probably Japan's biggest literary export, his book having been widely translated and even made into movies. His books can be complex, even difficult at times. Reading a Murakami book for the first time could even be likened to being in...

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The 8 Best Bookshops in the World

The 8 Best Bookshops in the World

  With Amazon and other cheap online retailers selling books at bargain prices, physical bookshops are a dying breed. But there is nothing more special than spending some time quietly browsing the shelves of a bookstore, discovering new authors and titles, and generally soaking up the wonderful atmosphere these special shops have. Some of the bookstores on our list have actually become tourist destinations, due to their unique locations! But if you have the chance to visit any of these beautiful stores, don’t hesitate to show your appreciation by buying a book as well - what could be a more wonderful souvenir of great holiday?   Here are some of my favourite bookstores around the world…   1…for amazing architecture...

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The Best Podcasts for Book Worms

The Best Podcasts for Book Worms

The second best thing to reading? Listening to book podcasts! Whether you're always looking for more books to add to your to-read list or want a deep dive into the world of literature, podcasts are the perfect way to stay connected to the literary world and explore new authors, books, and ideas. So without further ado, let's dive in and explore the 6 best podcasts for bookworms!   1. NPR's Book of the Day   This podcast is great for those who have short attention spans (episodes are between 7 and 15 minutes long), or who just want some snappy recommendations for their next read. They talk about titles across all genres, so there’s something for everyone. This includes YA...

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The Best Apps for Booklovers

The Best Apps for Booklovers

If you love books, then its a guarantee that a lot of your time will be outside of actual reading will be spent reading book reviews, buying books, talking about books with fellow book-worms…so what are the best apps to do this?   Read on for my favourite apps that will connect you with fellow readers and your next great page-turner!   For bookworms….   …Who love to track their reading   Goodreads Cost: Free Goodreads is the OG bookworm app. As well as a great place to keep track of what you’re reading, it can also help you connect with others who have the same taste in books as you do. You can also “follow” your favourites authors, and...

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Best Books Made into TV Shows

Best Books Made into TV Shows

While it’s always exciting when your favourite book gets made into a film, a TV is even better - usually at least 3 times as long, so it is more likely that they won’t cut up the book and omit important bits!   Here are my favourite book-to-TV picks - maybe some of your favourites are here, and maybe some new ones too.     Sanditon by Jane Austen Year: 2019-2023     Whilst everyone has seen the BBC miniseries of Pride & Prejudice, did you know Jane’s last unfinished novel was recently made into a TV show? Granted, since she didn’t finish it before she died, there is a hefty amount of story embellishment in order to fill a...

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How to Decorate Your Bookshelves

How to Decorate Your Bookshelves

As the writer once said, “Books really do furnish a room”. Bookshelves are a great way to show off your personality and tell visitors a little bit about who you are. But there is an art to styling bookshelves in a way that is both practical as well as pleasing to the eye. Shelves can be a way not only of storing your book collection but also to show off your favourite objects and ornaments. Whether you are a minimalist who prefers as few items of clutter as possible, or a maximalist who loves to collects trinkets, your bookshelves can tell a story to whomever walks in the door. And most importantly, it will make you smile every time you...

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