UK Reading

Stranger Than Fiction

Caragh Little | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

My favourite health and fitness app measures how many steps I've taken each day and how deeply (or- most often- not) I've slept each night. It calculates the balance of the calories I've consumed, and gives me a helpful nudge if I've had too much salt, sugar or saturated fat. It sets me targets, and gives me a virtual pat on the back if I meet or even exceed them.

New Font Could Seriously Help A Lot Of Dyslexic People

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's estimated that one in 10 people in the UK suffer from some form of dyslexia, but reading difficulties for dyslexics could soon be a thing of the ...

How #WaterstonesTexan Should Have Spent His Two Hours Trapped...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Mystery still surrounds the two hours that Texan tourist David Willis spent locked in Waterstones in Trafalgar Square. Though we know that the twe...

Blind Man Asks For Help Reading. The Internet Responds In The Most Beautiful Way

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Andrew Bailey loves literature, but he hasn't been able to read a book since he began to lose his eyesight 15 years ago. But the 34-year-old may so...

When I Grow Up...

Caragh Little | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

When I grow up, none of my lessons will be boring. None of my jokes will be bad, apart from the ones which are intentionally terrible for ironic effect. All of my lessons will be planned to the last second and will never be derailed by tangents or contingencies or people falling asleep.

Top Five Most Underrated UK Cities

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Blumenthal

Britain is full of vibrant beautiful bustling cities. Some are more famously so than others. I wanted to give you a run down of those that surprised me with their awesomeness...

Ten Books - Ten Thoughts

Caragh Little | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

I've been nominated for that social media challenge of picking ten books which affected me or shaped me in some way- and there's a challenge to savour. A week's thinking and a bit of writing later, here it is. Plots thankfully recovered.

A Reluctantly Pessimistic Interpretation of Moby-Dick

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Walter Benjamin once said that 'it is not books that live inside the reader, it is he who lives inside them.' The aforementioned Swansonian interpretation of Moby-Dick is utterly representative of the man...

Roald Dahl Day: What Is Your Favourite?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important," said Roald Dahl, and as we celebrate a day named ...

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Secrets and Lives

Caragh Little | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It takes courage, someone commented to me once, to send your observations out into the ether of the blog. Anyone could read it, whether they know you in 'real life' or not, and judge you or criticize you or think you're very strange. Almost worse, perhaps, nobody will read it at all...

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I was paradoxically condemned to be both pretentious and a philistine. I was both too smart and too dumb. I was, ultimately, just plain old wrong. My family's condemnations were, much like A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather bland and confusing.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore: Judging a Book by its Cover

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I have read quite a few well-known, critically acclaimed plays yet none of them were quite as entertaining - or indeed shocking - as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Ford explores an extremely provocative subject matter - essentially, the morality of incest - in a sort of lively, almost playful, fashion.

Common Sense Politics in The Grapes of Wrath

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck supports collective ownership: 'If this tractor were ours it would be good - not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours.'

The Absurd Death of Albert Camus

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

On the 4th of January, 1960, at the age of forty six, Camus had planned to take a train back to Paris after a Christmas holiday with his wife and kids. At the last minute, Camus changed his mind and decided to travel instead with his publisher Michel Gallimard. During the journey, Gallimard's car slipped off the icy roads and smashed into a tree, immediately killing Camus.

Drenthe Treats Reading Fans To Fifa Tournament... At His House

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport

Roystone Drenthe's career has taken him from Real Madrid to Reading, via Everton but the Dutchman hasn't let his decline affect his generosity, as he ...

Extreme and Dangerous

Caragh Little | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

You'd think a book would be the least dangerous thing you could send to your friend who's just begun their summer holiday. Nothing could be much safer, it might seem, than relaxing on a deckchair, in a peaceful garden or hotel poolside terrace, with a book and a cool drink. But this is Northern Ireland, and when we send parcels, we have to risk assess.

Walter Benjamin and How I Learnt to Love My Library

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 21.09.2014 | 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 20.09.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 30.07.2014 | 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.