UK Reading

Walter Benjamin and How I Learnt to Love My Library

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Benjamin remembers some of the books he has collected over the years. He recalls ordering books from catalogues - which are essentially the Amazon of the first half of the twentieth century - and waiting eagerly for their arrival.

Seven Years Later... The Night Harry Potter Ended

Ryan Love | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ryan Love

Here we are, seven years on from the publication of the final Harry Potter book. In its first 24 hours Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows went on to sell over 15 million copies. An astonishing figure that followed the hype, secrecy and excitement surrounding the publication of JK Rowling's final piece of an intricate seven-book journey.

AI and EG: Why You Shouldn't Believe the Reports on Eugene Goostman

Thom James | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Tech
Thom James

Most articles that have been written in the past few days have referred to Eugene Goostman as a "supercomputer", or a highly complex form of AI that we have never seen before. Something that will truly advance technology. Something that essentially, is smarter than a human being. They are wrong.

Is it Worth Reading Thomas Piketty?

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Now that the panic has subsided somewhat, I find myself asking whether Piketty's book, for an average-Joe like me, was worth reading. Hopefully, by explaining my personal experience reading Piketty, I will help other intellectually-curious, non-economist types decide whether it's worth all the effort.

Six Reasons Not To Read 'Six Reasons...' Articles

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Buzzfeed and bloggers aren't stupid, they all know that the most clickable content currently exists in the format of 25 Reasons It's Great To Have No Direction In Life or 8 Ways To Find The Hottest Guy Ever. I'm as guilty as anyone for clicking on 9 Reasons It's Ok Not To Be 5'9" and it's countdown counterparts, but here's 6 reasons we should go cold turkey, even for a day...

Brilliant #ThisBook Campaign Highlights Books By Women - What's Your Favourite?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A project to highlight the books written by women has received the support of high profile women such as Jennifer Saunders and Susanna Reid, who have ...

What the Doctor Can Teach Us About Terms and Conditions

Neil Taylor | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

Like all sane people, I try to draw all my life lessons from Doctor Who. In an episode last year, the Eighth Doctor (that'll be Paul McGann) is told ...

Library as Church, Bookshelf as Altar: Why I Gave Up Praying, and Carried on Reading

Kester Brewin | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

Around 18 months ago my best friend died of cancer. He was early 40s, and left a wife and twins. Like me 'the son of a preacher man,' we'd collaborated together on projects exploring the outer edges of what our faith was becoming.

Why It's Important to Discover What You DON'T Know You Want Online

Dan Franklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dan Franklin

When it comes to the cultural choices we make: the films and plays we see, the gigs we attend, the exhibitions we visit, the books we read, no-one really knows what they want. That's what can make cultural life rich and surprising.

Free Comic Book Day 2014

Olly MacNamee | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly MacNamee

In many shops it has become more than just the giving away of comics in the hope that some newbie will be back the following week and become a collector. It has become a day for the family too; my eight-year-old daughter may even be looking forward to it more than me.

Women Writers Are Getting a Raw Deal

Sara Sheridan | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Female writers earn averagely only 77.5% of what their male counterparts earn. That's taking into account the bestselling efforts of the likes of JK Rowling. I'm an historical novelist and given that over 80% of fiction is bought by women I found that statistic particularly surprising.

An Ode to Children's Books

Sara Sheridan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

In reading to my daughter when she was younger it became apparent that modern children's writing differs from the classics of my own childhood. Heidi and the Secret Garden might propel me back to the comforts of childhood, but for her fiction from the pre-TV era grated because the prose felt too descriptive.

It's (Not) Just a Load of Fairy Stories

David Knowles | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Knowles

Caution seems to be the perfect watchword for all to bear in mind when approaching the Hebrew Bible. Yet caution, and its cousin attentiveness, are qualities in short supply in the modern world. The biblical texts are not easy to read or understand. But they are worth engaging with - and that will be the subject of my next blog.

11 Reasons Why You Are Reading This

Steph Weller | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Steph Weller

If I pick up my phone to use it for its original purpose - to actually ring someone, the temptation is to just have a peek at my newsfeeds. I then get sidetracked and find myself scrolling through '14 of the Most Hilarious Mullet Hairstyles, Ever', but why?

Oculus, Virtual Reality and Why Books Must Win the Battle for Our Eyesight

Kester Brewin | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

The joke, if your head has been in a bucket the last few days, centres on Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR - a virtual reality start-up that, even though it has yet to release a single product, found itself bought for billions of dollars.

Connected Women

Serpil Timuray | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Serpil Timuray

Right now, millions of women around the world cannot read. They are unable to read to their children, help them with their school work, read public transport information or understand the words written on a medicine bottle.

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

I Signed Away My Possessions Because I Couldn't Read

Wafaa Mohamad Ramadan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wafaa Mohamad Ramadan

My first husband married me when I was 12 years old. We travelled to Jordan to live together. He took a little girl with him who didn't know anything about life... I signed a paper I couldn't read because I wanted to make him happy - or maybe I didn't want to endure his anger. He started to treat me very badly. I was abused. We were eventually divorced.

This App Can Teach You To Reach 1,000 Words Per Minute

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Tech

How fast do you read? Probably not as fast as you can. Spritz is a new way of displaying text via smartphones and watches which - its developers cl...

Book Review: Tabish Khair, How to Fight Islamist Terror From the Missionary Position

Claire Chambers | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Chambers

This is a fast-paced, hilarious novel that nonetheless has sufficient depth to withstand several re-readings. If there's any justice, it's going to be as big a hit in Euro-America as it has been in Khair's home country of India.

'Sensory Fiction' Uses A Vibrating Vest To Tell Stories In New Dimensions

Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Tech

As everyone with a passing interest in modern technology knows, books aren't dead. They just need to be relentlessly 'augmented' by layer after layer ...

Reading This Can Make You Rich in 2014

Malcolm Bell | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

People don't really read, but if they did, they could be a lot richer. I have realised that downloading a new book to my kindle, isn't the same as actually reading it. (Does anyone else do this?)

Best Business Books 2014 - My Top 5

Malcolm Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

These 'best' business books, are maybe not the 'best', as in 'best sellers', but the 'best' in the sense of great books that have been recommended to me that are particularly useful, insightful and relevant for anyone who works in the business world.

Thirteen Things I've Learned

Chenice Clarke | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chenice Clarke

As 2013 is ending, I've taken the time to reflect on the last 12 months. I think reflection is an important part of growth, and I look forward to hearing what you've learned in 2013 and what you hope to achieve in 2014.

Why Does Reading Makes Christmas So Special for UK Children?

Alison David | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

Imagine a family - mum, dad and children, all in their pyjamas - snuggled up together on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and listening to dad read a favourite Christmas story. No, it's not a flashback to the 1950s; it's what parents have told us they will be doing this year.