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Going to Flanders

on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:46

This blog entry was written by our very own Alan Monaghan, Dublin-based author of the Soldier's Song trilogy. Here is his experience of visiting Flanders, in the north of Belgium, where the first book of his series is set.

Writing a novel about the First World War is a strange, intense and often unnerving experience. You learn that whizz-bangs and toffee-apples are much more lethal than their names suggest. You try to conjure up the special wobbling sound that distinguishes an approaching gas shell from high-explosive or shrapnel.

National Libraries Day - Competition Results!

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 13:08

Since our last post two weeks ago, we've recieved many email with answers to our ten questions. The response has been much appreciated, but unfortunately there can be only one winner of the signed copy of Lee Child's Never Go Back. But before the winner is announced, let's go over the answers:

1—    The author of The Grapes of Wrath was John Steinbeck.

2—    The Comedy of Errors is the shortest of William Shakespeare’s plays.

3—    In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the animals live at Manor Farm.

4—    The Artful Dodger's real name is Jack Dawkins.

5—    Noddy was a taxi driver.

6—    Don

National Libraries Day and Win a Free Book!

on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:37

We’re looking forward to this year’s National Libraries Day on Saturday February 8th, and so we thought we’d have a literature-themed quiz to celebrate! Answer all of these questions correctly and you could win a hardback first edition of Lee Child’s latest novel Never Go Back, signed by the author himself.

So, on with the questions:

1—    Who wrote the novel The Grapes of Wrath?

2—    Which is the shortest of William Shakespeare’s plays?

3—    What is the name of the farm in George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

4—    What is the real name of the Artful Dodger in the Dickens novel Oliver Twist?