Lewis Carroll's Wacky and Wonderful Characters of Wonderland

by Lewis Saddington January 27, 2020 4 min read

Today is the day we wish a very happy birthday (or a very happy un-un-birthday...) to the fabulous Lewis Carroll, and offer up our thanks for the literary legacy he left behind - a legacy which remains ever strong and influential. Over one hundred and fifty years have passed since the publication of his 1856 classic novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (more commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland), and yet the story continues to touch the hearts of the masses who read it to this day. It's hard to not be moved by the brilliant and colourful madness of such a zany and memorable tale, which is why we're using this special day to explore Carroll's many wacky and wonderful characters - characters which make Wonderland worthy of its name, a world which would not be the same without each and every one of its unique inhabitants.

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National Day on Writing: The Most Influential Genre Authors in Literature

by Lewis Saddington October 22, 2019 4 min read

With National Day on Writing having just taken place, a day where we can all appreciate the importance of literature and storytelling, it only feels right to celebrate some of the most influential and adored writers of our time. Every book we read today has been influenced by one great writer or another - and, without certain names in the literary world, many of the classic genres know would likely not exist in their current form. Some may not even exist at all...
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Beatrix Potter: The Birth of Literature's Most Beloved Critters

by Amelia Baker July 22, 2019 3 min read

There are few readers today who can honestly say that Peter Rabbit and his fellow forest-and-field friends didn't have a presence in their reading as they were growing up. Beatrix Potter left us with a collection of children's works so adored, they're still being read and adapted for other mediums to this day. But behind each great story (or stories) there's another story of inspiration. This is Beatrix Potter's.
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Celebrating the royal birth - Delve into classic kid books

by Sean Heather May 13, 2019 4 min read

A talking pig, a friendly spider, five children who live in a surprisingly high-crime area, and of course a toad with an exceptionally nice house – the books we love as children stay with us forever, and when thinking about them it’s impossible not to feel a little warm and nostalgic.

So whichever decade you were born in – from the forties to the eighties - here are just a few of the most iconic and unforgettable children’s books of all time, just waiting to be discovered or rediscovered.

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Tragic Reality to Beautiful Fiction: The Origins of Peter Pan

by Amelia Baker May 07, 2019 2 min read

J. M. Barrie's The Story of Peter Pan simply doesn't grow old. But, as much as the classic Peter Pan book deserves to have a place on any child's bookshelf, the origins of the story and the characters themselves are far more grounded in reality, much unlike our flying hero and heroine Peter and Wendy.
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