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Masters of horror: Short stories

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Need a good scare?   Halloween will be here soon and in the spirit of the season bidorbuy will be highlighting the best horror writers, films and video games to keep you all a’feared. This first volume will focus on the best short stories in the genre – texts that will disturb and terrify:   […]

The 10 bestselling books of 2013

It seems there is still some room in this modern technological world for the joys of sitting down with a good book. Whether its via an eBook or the printed version, there’s still something magical about a good read.   So what did we read most in 2013? Let’s take a look at the top […]

Old masters: David

The 18th century gave birth to the modern world, but it proved to be a most bellicose and disturbing parent, for this period proved to be the climax of more than a millennium of serfdom, church control and totalitarianism.     In  France, the peasants marched on Paris, citizens stormed the Bastille, the army turned […]

Old masters: Rembrandt

The greatest of the Dutch painters   The Eighty Years War, in which the Netherlands shrugged off the shackles of Hapsburg domination under Spain, energised the former to such an extent that the rebel states became a military and cultural force in Europe.   It was perhaps the most artistic period in history. The houses […]

…And The Mountains Echoed

When Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, was published in 2003, he had no idea that it would become something of a phenomenon. That book and the books he has written since contain similar themes expertly woven about the history of Khaled’s homeland, Afghanistan, and all of them have topped bestsellers lists and garnered […]

Old masters: Goya

Spain has been a great contributor to Western art. Spanish artists were influenced by the Renaissance movements of Italy, the flourishing of French art, as well as by their Moorish heritage.     When one speaks of Spanish art three principle figures spring to mind: El Greco, Velasquez and Goya. And when one thinks of […]

Fantasy comes of age

  When A Game of Thrones was published in 1997, it was quickly embraced by readers. Celebrated for its mature themes, realism and for the fact that no character is held sacred, the book and its series changed the topography of the fantasy genre. The first book was lauded by writing organisations, winning the 1997 […]

The Wheel of Time: A Modern Epic

The Wheel of Time is a modern epic begun in 1990 and completed in 2013, which tells the story of three messianic figures battling against the Dark One, source of all evil on earth.

Librarian’s Choice: Banned Books

The reason that banned books, even those that are no longer banned, are so interesting to us is that they reflect a friction in the times; a need to talk about an issue that has been lying beneath the surface of public discussion and finds a voice in the stories of literature. It is a need to explore life, even […]

Librarian’s Choice: Man Booker Long-list 2011

The Man Booker Long-list for 2011 was announced a few days ago and here it is: Have a click through and find one that tickles your fancy. They’re sure to all be brilliant. Look out for four brand new authors: Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness. The Long-list: Julian Barnes The Sense of […]