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Nominated by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, who has dedicated his life to promoting peace and reconciliation. He is the author of many books, focussing on various aspects of Mindfulness and the art of Mindful living, including Mindful Eating, Mindful … Continue readings

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  New Zealand-born Len Lye was an experimental animator and sculptor. He is known primarily for a series of innovative films produced in the 1930s and 40s, the earlier while working with John Grierson’s much acclaimed GPO Film Unit. A Colour Box (1935) was particularly influential – wonderful Norman McLaren took up animation full time … Continue readings

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  Night Mail, the GPO Film Unit’s 1936 documentary, seemingly had everything going for it from the start – from its directors Harry Watt and Basil Wright, narrators John Grierson and Stuart Legg to the poem that WH Auden wrote especially for it and the music score composed by a 23-year-old Benjamin Britten. The GPO … Continue readings

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Through focusing on dark tales of paranormal and suspense romances, Cynthia Eden is an extremely popular American writer. A two-time finalist for the RITA® award, Eden has written more than 30 books/novellas for Harlequin, Hachette and other publishers. Her ‘Deadly‘ series of paranormal romantic suspense novels are particuarly successful.   DEADLY SERIES: Deadly Fear; Deadly … Continue readings

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An award-winning writer, Madeline Hunter holds a PhD in art history and lectures at university level in the United States. She is the author of more than 22 historical romances, including ‘The Fairbourne Quartet‘ series. Hunter lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.   See also: Mary Balogh; Anne Gracie; Georgette Heyer   … Continue readings

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An eminent Russian novelist, short-story writer and playwright, Turgenev wrote many influential works, including the novella First Love, based on his own experiences as a young man.  Fathers and Sons (1862) is considered one of the greatest 19th-century Russian novels.   See also: Chekhov; Leo Tolstoy; Flaubert                 … Continue readings

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling writer of 20 novels and several short stories, Allison Brennan is a former consultant in the California State Legislature. She lives in northern California with her husband and five children. Brennan has written nine books featuring Lucy Kincaid and her boyfriend Sean Rogan.   LUCY KINCAID/SEAN ROGAN SERIES: … Continue readings

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee was a close friend of Truman Capote. To Kill a Mockingbird was her only published novel. It was adapted into a film in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.   See also: Truman Capote; James Baldwin; Ernest Hemingway; John Steinbeck                

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An award-winning American author, Kay Hooper cut her teeth writing Regency novels. She is perhaps better-known today for the excellent Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series of paranormal-suspense books. Hooper has written more than 60 books, including Finding Laura, Raven on the Wing and Blood Ties.    BLOOD TRILOGY: Blood Dreams; Blood Sins; Blood Ties   See … Continue readings

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A former children’s book editor, Irish-born Jane Casey has written several crime-fiction titles featuring DC Maeve Kerrigan. The books have been critically acclaimed.   DC MAEVE KERRIGAN SERIES: The Burning; The Reckoning; The Last Girl; The Stranger You Know                                 … Continue readings

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  I love old Penguin books. I have an abiding passion for them: I love the look of them, the feel of them, the size of them – and, of course, most of all I love the authors Penguin, in particular under Allen Lane, chose to publish. It’s thus no surprise that my first ‘Book … Continue readings

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  adj.   First-known usage: 14th century.    n. opprobriousness   1. Expressing scorn, contemptuous reproach. 2. Disgrace; shameful or infamous.   First known usage: 14th century   Example of usage – from C.S. Lewis’s Studies in Words   The purpose of all opprobrious language is, not to describe, but to hurt — even when, like Hamlet, … Continue readings