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French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Marie Hugo was born 26 February 1802 in Besançon, France. Hugo’s childhood was a period of national political turmoil. Napoléon was proclaimed Emperor two years after Hugo’s birth, and the Bourbon Monarchy was restored before his eighteenth birthday. The opposing political and religious views of Hugo’s parents reflected the …

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Anthony Burgess

Controversial English Writer and Composer John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (Anthony Burgess) was Born 25 February 1917 in Harpurhey, Manchester. Burgess was predominantly seen as a comic writer, and although this was how his works were read, he claimed that his works weren’t intended to be humorous. The dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange is Burgess’s …

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The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

I am currrently reading the exciting science fiction novel The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter. This is an officially sanctioned Sequel to the classic War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells. The book is set fourteen years (1920) after the events of the ‘The First Martian War’ when the Martians invaded England but were successfully …

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Wilhelm Grimm

Best Known for writing Grimm’s Fairy Tales, German philologist and folklorist Wilhelm Grimm was born 24th February 1786. He was the younger brother of Jakob. Grimm’s Fairy Tales (German: Grimms Märchen) was first published in 1812 and The first volume contained 86 stories; the second volume of 70 stories followed in 1814. For the second …

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Never Go Back

I would like to watch The exciting American Espionage Crime Thriller “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” which is out on DVD and is based on the Lee Child novel of the same name. It stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher (who is described as 6’5 with Blonde hair?) and Cobie Smulders as Susan Turner. It …

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Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children

I have watched The DVD of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children again. The film is directed by Tim Burton and is based on the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. It tells the story of Jacob Portman who, as a child, listened to his grandfather Abraham’s stories about living with peculiar children in …

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Harper Lee

Best selling American novelist Harper Lee  sadly died 18 February 2016 at the age of 89. Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926 And was the youngest of the four children born to lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. She grew under the stresses of segregation and as a child shared summers …

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Len Deighton

British military historian, cookery writer, graphic artist, and novelist Len Deighton was born 18 February 1929 in Marylebone, London, in 1929. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook. At the time they lived in Gloucester Place Mews near Baker Street. His interest in spy stories may have been …

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published on 18 February 1885 in the United States and 10th December 1884 In the United Kingdom. It is narrated by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a sequel …

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The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

The epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, is soon to be joined by a new Trilogy of fantasy novels called the Book of Dust. His Dark Materials was set in many differing alternate realities and comprised of Northern Lights, Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass. The original story reflected the vision of William …

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