UK Reading

The Simplest Things in Life Are the Best (Especially When Accompanied by Tart and Wine!)

Anna Fraser | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Fraser

It is 9pm and the holiday house that we are staying in rural France has retired for the day; the garden cleared of toys, bikes, and all signs of long lazy lunching (which always merges in to dinnering) has been washed-up and put away, until the next day.

Romanians Are Coming... At the London Book Fair

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Ion Jinga

Romania has been a constant presence at the London Book Fair since 2007 and I pay my tribute of admiration to so many writers, publishers, translators and literary promoters who, along these eight years, have showcased the excellence of Romanian literature and established lasting relations between Romania and the UK.

Writers' Lament: Conditions Worsen for Those in Britain's Favourite Job

Sara Sheridan | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, wrote a blog piece recently about the disturbing practice arising at some book festivals, where authors are not paid for appearing. Her rallying cry was taken up by the Bookseller and the Society of Authors, which recently published guidelines about the level at which authors should peg event fees.

Learn the Secret Behind Knowledge, Good Writing and Creative Thinking

Thomas Church | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Church

I read two or three books per week and have created a system of notation and filing that I want to share. It enables me to use what I've read, search what I've read and come back to it many years on.

Are Children Still Interested in Books?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Some encouraging results from the survey indeed show that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds spend more time reading on devices than their wealthier peers. More encouraging results: print books are actually more popular with three to five-year-olds than reading on devices!

The Storytelling Manifesto

James Whittaker | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
James Whittaker

What if every teacher in every classroom on this planet had the oratory power of our greatest storytellers? The school day would be anticipated instead of dreaded. Society would change.

Don't Judge a Kid By Its Costume

Mark Bryce | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Bryce

A lot has been written about World Book Day, and rightly so.A celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. Shared in over one hundred countries. A beautifully uncomplicated premise in an otherwise complicated world. And yet, like any parade, some people can't wait to piss on it. The main target of their ire, dressing up.

Books Are What Make Us Civilised

Marcus Sedgwick | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Sedgwick

In America, Tom Paine's writings spurred the revolution for independence. Or closer to our own time; consider how the Nazis burnt books of which that they were scared. It's easy to see that books have power if they are being fought over because of the ideas they contain.

Does Enid Blyton Have a Place on My Children's Bookshelf?

Natasha Batsford | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Natasha Batsford

I was aware that the language was old fashioned, and in some cases offensive, but it never got in the way of my love of the books or the stories they told because (like most children) I cared more about characters than grammar.

Three BookTubers Talk About Their Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2015

Laura M. Bell | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laura M. Bell

YouTube might not be the first place you go for that most low-tech form of entertainment: reading. And yet, YouTube has become the unlikely hero of a reading renaissance, thanks to the BookTubing phenomenon.

Milestones and Neurotic Mums

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Milestones are there as a guideline as to what your child should be doing, but can be a bit misleading too as we are told 'every child is individual' and 'they'll get there in their own time' still we can't help but panic and wonder about the 'unknown' or 'what if'.

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.

Seven Reasons Why I Read Haruki Murakami

Ellis Shuman | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.

Interview with Bestselling Children's Author Jacqueline Harvey

Alix Long | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

There is nothing more special than children's literature. Even now, I remember almost by heart the books my parents used to read to me as a young child, and the books I first started reading by myself.

Best Books We Read In 2014 - What Are Yours?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Books, wonderful books. Where would we be without them? As this young lady finely puts it: "The world needs books! They fuel our minds like cars an...

Stranger Than Fiction

Caragh Little | Posted 12.01.2015 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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.