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  • Of Lice and Men

    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:02

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    My parents live in a very idyllic thatched cottage in Dorset on England's south coast. Recently, and at great expense and bother the thatch needed to be replaced, and a very professional job was done by the local thatchers.

    Only some days later did things start crawling from the roof. Actually just one type of thing - just thousands and thousands of them. Distressed by not being able to see much through the windows due to the bodies of crawling mites and concerned by the thought that they were devouring the new thatch, my father wrote to (as you would) the Science Advisor to the National Society of Master Thatchers. Some correspondence ensued and with some examples of dead mites sent through the post, the culprits were identified as booklice (Liposcelis bostrychophila). The science advisor reassured that they were not eating the thatch, indeed it was somewhat of a mystery as to how they got in the reed at all.

    He also supplied some fantastic pictures of the sample sent through - which I thought, given the name of the beast, might be of interest!

    (With many thanks to Dr Roger Angold)

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    For little boys around the age of six going to the movies can have a momentous impact. Those little boys will always remember the unbelievable excitement and the wonder of that early experience and often spend the rest of their lives, in vain, trying to find that feeling again.

    The first three Star Wars movies from 1977 to 1983 pretty much cover the age range of most of the men of a certain age in the Book Depository basement, we were all about six during those six years. So when Moleskine announced they were bringing out a special edition Star Wars notebook, that familiar twinge of excitement and anticipation was felt around the office.

    And then, when Moleskine made this promo video of a Star Wars origami battle... You can guess the rest.

    Let's hope these lovely new notebooks can provide some small condolence in our search for moments of lightness and joy on the long journey away from childhood... BECAUSE THEY'RE AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • 1Q84

    Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:33

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    Murakami's (clearly 'Haruki' not required any more. He's that big) eagerly anticipated new mahoosive novel (as big as him and requiring three parts and two books) is very nearly here. Publisher Harvill has released a not too bad book trailer (as book trailers go...) Click on the book jackets above to pre-order your must have copies!

    Posted by Adam Adam

    Categories: Murakami, 1Q84, new release

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  • Dahl Day

    Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:18

    blog imageRoald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller. And 2011 is no different! This year we are also celebrating the very special 50th anniversary of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH so why not join the fun and organise your own Peach-themed event at school or at home? Just don't forget to invite loads of friends! We've got some great downloads along with a Dahl competition over on our competitions page here. Below you'll find links to the Roald Dahl Day website where you can sign up for a Quentin Blake webcast, become a Revolting Reader and Follow That Peach! Click on the links below to join in!

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  • What is Super Thursday

    Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:44

    {Apologies to our international customers for whom some of these names will be meaningless}

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    UK publishers go wild on Super-duper Thursday! All this year's big-hitters are released into the ring on the 29th of September. Or, erm, the 13th of October. What the heck, TWO super-duper thursdays! YaY. A double-header! Two for the price of one! (much better than 3 for 2...) There are LITERALLY 823,724* titles published on these two days alone and that's a FACT! Who's going to come out on top in this bare-knuckled brawl to be a bestseller?!

    It's Seconds out. Round One. DING DING!

    Phew!

    And, in a special Book Depository prize to celebrate this momentous event simply text 85937542219745241543** with WINNER and your pick to be this year's World Champion and receive a pair of Jamie Oliver's sweaty shorts!

    • *Somebody told me this number on twitter so it must be right
    • **Not an actual text number
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