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Shakespeare week picture quiz. Can you guess the play from the picture?

Shakespeare week picture quiz. Can you guess the play from the picture?

by Sean Heather March 13, 2019 1 min read

Here’s a little fun thing to try with your kids for Shakespeare Week. If you don’t know what Shakespeare week is, by the way, it’s a week in March in the UK, aimed at getting kindergarten age children into Shakespeare, and it’s totally fun. It’s all about dressing up in costumes and having a go at acting some of the plays out. They also have some great Shakespeare themed crafts for kids to do as well as local events across the UK. So, in the spirit of having fun with Shakespeare, we have created this picture quiz, and you know what?
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10 classic books to say I love you on Mother's Day

10 classic books to say I love you on Mother's Day

by Sean Heather March 13, 2019 5 min read

Getting the perfect Mother’s Day gift isn’t always easy. The first hurdle is remembering that the day is coming but you’ve already jumped that one by reading this article. Still, if you want to get something better than the last-minute chocolate and flowers you have to put in some thought in advance. If you agree with the saying “it’s the thought that counts” a book is just about the best gift you can get. If you’ve picked the right one, it shows that you know the person well and you’ve been thinking about them enough to get them a present that is personalized to their tastes.
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Mothers are strong women too

Mothers are strong women too

by Amelia Baker March 13, 2019 4 min read

The fact that International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day in the UK, are so close together this year, has got me thinking. It’s funny how we celebrate, strong powerful achieving women, breaking barriers and giving men a run for their money on international women’s day, and then on Mother’s Day it’s suddenly all about chocolates and flowers, and getting Mum or Mom, to have a nice sit-down. 

As anyone who has given birth will tell you, all mother’s and strong, very STRONG!

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Travelgram: Top Travel Books you must read before you fly away #Wanderlust

Travelgram: Top Travel Books you must read before you fly away #Wanderlust

by Sean Heather February 25, 2019 3 min read

 A book always looks great on an insta pic, but they can also be fun to read while you are waiting on a bus or train because let's face it there is a lot of waiting around when you're travelling around the world.

So here are 6 GREAT book recommendations to go with your #instatravels  Australia, Mexico, Paris, London and Round the world. 

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5 Reasons Why a Book Makes the Perfect Gift

5 Reasons Why a Book Makes the Perfect Gift

by Sean Heather February 22, 2019 3 min read

Admittedly, I’m biased, and frequently have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from a chapter, but there’s a joy to giving someone a book. No other gift can take you back in time, or into the future, make you laugh and cry (often on the same page), broaden your horizons, deepen your interests, and end your day on a relaxed high, or maybe with a determination to enjoy just one more page. What else can scare you and look great on a shelf?

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Can you tell a Jane Austen book by its cover?

Can you tell a Jane Austen book by its cover?

by Amelia Baker February 08, 2019 1 min read 1 Comment

For all those big Jane Austen fans and vintage book lovers everywhere, we have put together a fun quiz, to see if it really is possible to tell a book by its cover. Don't worry there are a few clues! Alternatively, you could always cheat - but browsing our Jane Austen collection, where you will find all the books in the quiz for sale. Enjoy.
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Jane Austen loved by under 30's, why?

Jane Austen loved by under 30's, why?

by Amelia Baker January 20, 2019 4 min read

There is no doubt that our best selling author amongst our female customer's under 30 is Jane. Given the #metoo era demonstrates how brilliantly vocal young woman can be, and how we woman in general are now very much 'doing for ourselves' how does this reconcile with sitting in a drawing room waiting for some man on a horse?
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ROOM AT THE TOP BOOK REVIEW

ROOM AT THE TOP BOOK REVIEW

by Amelia Baker January 20, 2019 2 min read

Joe Lampton seeks desperately to rise from poverty into the oh-so-attractive world of wealth and privilege. Handsome and intelligent, he believes he has found a way to get everything he ever wanted as he pursues Susan, the beautiful young daughter of a wealthy factory owner. However, he is presented with a dilemma after he falls in love with Alice, an older married woman.

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Jane Austen and Nuncheon: 10 Weird and Wonderful Things you Probably Don’t Know About her World

Jane Austen and Nuncheon: 10 Weird and Wonderful Things you Probably Don’t Know About her World

by Amelia Baker January 19, 2019 4 min read

To coincide with the anniversary of the publication of her best-loved novel, Pride and Prejudice, Country House Library thought we’d take a journey back to a time when women wore crinoline and men looked dashing on a horse and explain a few of the things about her world that you might not know.
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