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Fictional Languages

This week the Information Store is celebrating International Translation Day and European Languages Day! Our display features illustrations by James Chapman along with a selection of manga and international fiction. In this post, we look at some of the most famous fictional languages, spoken in fantastical worlds, magical schools and underground warrens. Advertisements

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Book Review: Some Assembly Required

Transgender issues are at the forefront of much debate at the moment, with the recent ban on trans people serving in the American military and the question of how access can best be provided to bathroom facilities for trans and non-gender-conforming people with the so-called ‘bathroom bills’ finding significant pushback from voters in America. Meanwhile,… Continue reading Book Review: Some Assembly Required

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Noirwich Festival 2017

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is taking place this weekend! On Saturday, Anthony Horowitz will take the stage at Norwich Arts Centre to talk about his latest book The Word is Murder, in which Horowitz himself teams up with a down-on-his-luck Detective to try and figure out who killed a wealthy woman with a saddening… Continue reading Noirwich Festival 2017

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Book Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

My sixth and final book in the Reading Ahead Challenge is an old favourite, Sabriel by Garth Nix. Across this challenge I read loads of things I’d never tried before, and finally managed to get through a book I’d been planning to read for years. But Sabriel holds a special place in my heart –… Continue reading Book Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Book Review: Nation

More than half way through my Reading Ahead Challenge, I’d already visited an art show in Paris, braved the jungles of Colombia, and been dazzled by visions of the near future. But, like one of the characters in the novel I’ve just finished, I did not expect to enjoy my time on a tiny island in… Continue reading Book Review: Nation

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Pride Month: More Than This by Patrick Ness

June is Pride Month, when people around the world commemorate the Stonewall Riots (which sparked the fight for LGBT+ civil rights in the USA) and remember the LGBT+ people who lost their lives to AIDS and hate crime. It’s also a time to recognise the achievements of the LGBT+ community, and to talk about what… Continue reading Pride Month: More Than This by Patrick Ness

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Book Review: Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now

My Reading Ahead Challenge choices so far have at least been set in the real world, but I am also exploring futures that may never be and places that we can’t visit except in fiction, with this anthology of short stories by Cory Doctorow adapted and illustrated as a graphic novel, my third pick for… Continue reading Book Review: Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now