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Thug Notes: YouTube comic brings literary Classics to the masses hip-hop style

Sparky Sweets' self-styled "gangster" approach to education is bringing books like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird to new audiences. Miranda Dobson meets him

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy will release an 'autobiography' in November

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy to release 'autobiography'

Will Ferrell's most famous character promises to 'tell all' about his life so far

Dame Barbara Cartland, who in her lifetime, published 723 books

106 unseen works from romance queen Dame Barbara Cartland to hit bookshelves

Late author left behind around 160 unpublished manuscripts, which will form collections to be released in three sets

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Whether your haul is short or long, these handy aircraft accessories will make sure your holiday gets off to a flying start

The book, by E L James and forthcoming film by Sam Taylor-Wood, have inspired a range of lingerie for BlueBella

Fifty shades of pants... new lingerie inspired by book

You’ve read the book – now try the underwear.

Salman Rushdie: ‘If you don’t want to read a book, don’t read it’

Salman Rushdie: We're all too offended now

'Satanic Verses' author attacks rise of religious and political tribalism that makes people define themselves by what they hate

Graphic novels award is a sign of maturity

A major symptom of the graphic novel's emergence from puberty over the past 30 years will happen this month at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Not only does this year's programme see the inauguration of an entire themed sub-festival called Stripped, but also the first presentation of the 9th Art Award, an international prize for graphic fiction whose organisers don't seem keen to discourage talk of their ambition to be “the Booker Prize of graphic novels”.

The Fundza team, Mignon at the centre

Fundza: A revolution in teen reading

Mignon Hardie has been involved with the start-up and management of a number of SMEs including the Fundza Literacy Fund where she is a trustee and trust manager.

'Your country needs you': The myth of the most iconic World War I emblem

The picture of Lord Kitchener has long been regarded as the poster that encouraged young men to join the army, but this may just be a popular myth

Judge a book by its cover version

The Bookshop Band are Britain's only literary band. “We've just written a song inspired by Damian Barr's Maggie & Me,” says Ben Please. The Avon trio are fresh from a UK tour of independent bookshops and last month played Glastonbury. Authors who've had their books immortalised in song love it: “Rachel Joyce brought her family to see us when we played at a shop near her home,” says Please.

Book of a lifetime: Nonsense Omnibus, By Edward Lear

My copy of Edward Lear's Nonsense Omnibus shows why bookbinding is not a task for the young. The spine has been reattached upside-down. There are no cover boards, but sticky-backed plastic has been applied at a jaunty angle to the title page, preserving crumbs and ink-splotches, my name written in a child's wobbly joined-up, and a sum in blue pencil, confidently underlined: 191-150=15.

The 10 Best scones

Whether it's as part of a classic cream tea or as a savoury snack, the traditional British treat has few equals

The 10 Best technology guides

From app designing to blogging, we all need help with computing. Here are some of the best guides to the new world of IT

'Most embarrassing Fox News interview ever' sends Reza Aslan's biography of Jesus to number 1 in the Amazon book charts

A respected academic, who just happens to be Muslim, was challenged by a Fox News anchor as to why he was qualified to write about Christ

Growing up is hard to do: the TV show Girls

From Young Adult to New Adult: Books for the inbetweeners

After the boom in Young Adult fiction,  publishers are on the hunt for the next hit genre. Have they found it in the swearing and sex of New Adult fiction?

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