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Happy Birthday Beano!

This year marks the 80th birthday of Beano. To celebrate, we invited them to share some little-known facts about everyone's favourite comic.

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Long Read: Muriel Spark and Africa

Willy Maley reflects on Muriel Spark’s formative experiences in Africa and the importance of her time there for her life and work.

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Maria Edgeworth

Rebellious Writers: Maria Edgeworth

A daughter of privilege strikes out against the injustices of her own class in novels that would be considered shocking even today

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10 Brilliant Books by Dundonian Writers

Guest author Robin Crawford takes us through 10 great books by Dundonian writers.

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Teen Book of the Month: Firebird

September's Book of the Month is Firebird, Elizabeth Wein's latest novella set in Russia during WW2. We have five copies to give away!

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Muriel Spark: Child Writer, Childhood Writer, Children’s Writer

Willy Maley explores Muriel Spark’s childhood fascination with writing, her imaginative depictions of childhood, and her little-known work as a children’s writer with three enchanting stories to her name.

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Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Rebellious Writers: The Two Mary's

Discover the rebellious stories of 'Frankenstein' author Mary Shelley and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft.

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Dr Spark, I presume? The return of Muriel Spark’s forgotten drama

Willy Maley on the forgotten Muriel Spark play currently experiencing a revival at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Six Unconventional Sets of Sisters From Books

To celebrate World Sister Day, we've compiled six sets of unconventional sisters from books.

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A Secret Diary of the First World War

Children's Book of the Month: A Secret Diary of the First World War

August's Book of the Month is a non-fiction treat, A Secret Diary of the First World War by Gill Arbuthnott. We have five copies to give away!

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