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Even if you are something of a polyglot, there will probably be hundreds of languages you can’t read yet. We don’t want to be discouraging (sorry!), but here’s the silver lining: it gives you the opportunity to take part in our quiz. Guest blogger Joanna Rubery has put together a quiz with excerpts from languages around […]more
Book lovers will definitely know about some sequels to famous novels. These can be in series – the sequels to the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games books for instance – or initially unplanned. Much discussion was caused in 2015 when Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was billed as a follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird (though we […]more
“There are three words in the English language, and three words only, that begin with the letters ‘dw’,” claims President Bartlet in The West Wing. The three that the show proceeds to list – dwindle, dwarf, and dwell – are certainly the most common. Each of these has related forms (e.g. dwarfling), but there are […]more
You’ll hopefully have seen at least one play by Shakespeare in a theatre, at some point in your life – but did you know how often Shakespeare refers to theatres, acting, and performance in his plays? It adds a layer of amusement to a scene, acknowledging that the audience is seeing a play being performed, without […]more
Every day is Book Lovers’ Day, we’d argue, and to celebrate, we’ve taken a broad look across lots of authors and genres to come up with an ‘odd one out’ quiz. In each question, three of the titles were written by one author, while the fourth was written by somebody else. Can you identify which […]more
Heroes come in many shapes and sizes in novels – we’re using the term loosely to cover those you love, those you hate, and those you love to hate. Diving into various different fictional worlds, we’re challenging you: do you know the names of fictional main men from novels across the decades? Take our quiz and […]more
If music be the food of love, play on, as Shakespeare once said – or had Orsino say in Twelfth Night, at least. (He did go on to add that he wanted ‘excess of it, that, surfeiting, / The appetite may sicken, and so die’, of course, but let’s omit that bit for the moment.) Shakespeare not […]more