*Note – this book review contains references to addiction and mental illness which are key themes within A Head Full of Blue*
By Nick Wells, Operations Senior OP
My name is Nick and I work in the packing department at Wob. I’d like to introduce a book that I first read twenty years ago. It had such an impact on me that I read it repeatedly over the following decade. This memoir, by Nick Johnstone, touched a chord with me as it deals with themes of mental health and addiction – issues I have dealt with in my personal life.
In 1969 The Booker Prize was born, it was renamed The Man Booker Prize in 2002 until 2019 when it returned back to The Booker Prize. Since its inception, 35 men and 18 women have won the prize, and four authors have won more than once – Peter Caret, J. M. Coetzee, Hilary Mantel and Margaret Atwood. Initially awarded £5,000 to its winners, the prize fund doubled in 1978 to £10,000, and today the winner receives £50,000. Each of the shortlisted authors receives £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. Here are the last 10 winners of the Booker Prize from the past 10 years.
The summer holiday season is drawing to a close, with many of us taking a well-deserved trip away to explore, experience, or reset. With holidays come memories, and with memories come stories that can last a lifetime. Some of happiness, laughter, and friendship, others of discovery, exploration, and even romance. Our Top 10 trending books set on holiday offers all of these feelings, experiences, and more. Whether you’re looking for a poolside read, some pre-holiday inspiration, or simply an escape from everyday reality, this collection will give your mind an adventure to remember.
Reading is the best form of escapism, and fantasy books will transport you to magical lands, have you befriend mythical creatures, and believe the impossible. The fantasy fiction genre is seemingly ever-present on every bestselling reading chart, and at Wob it is no different. Let your imagination run free and explore the unthinkable with our list of 10 trending fantasy novels of June ‘22.
From photographs exposing clandestine relationships to the global atrocities of British colonialism, we take a look at the rogue royals who have both shaped and shocked the British identity and our relationship with Queen and Monarchy. Take a look at our curated list which shows the best books discussing the biggest royal scandals of the last 150 years.
The first use of the term “Graphic Novel” was seen in 1964 when it was coined by the writer Richard Kyle in his essay, “The Future of Comics”. But the first widely accepted graphic novel was a 1978 book, A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Storiesby Will Eisner as he tried to bring a more sophisticated and adult twist to the comic format in the United States, which then in turn inspired the likes of Frank Miller and his incredible, The Dark Knight Returns in 1986 and Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Award-winning story, Maus in 1980. I could go on and mention the likes of Alan Moore with his Watchmen series or V for Vendetta. The point I’m trying to make is that graphic novels have been around for a long time; they were born from comics and used as tools to tell more hard-hitting and darker tales.