This month we’re celebrating Black History Month. As avid bookworms, it got us thinking: who was the first black person to have been published in Britain?
After some digging around, we discovered the inspiring story of Ignatius Sancho. Born into slavery, he not only became a writer but was also the first black person to vote in a British election and an influential figure in 18th century Britain.
As part of our Black History Month celebrations, we wanted to share his poignant story with you…
Peter James’ bestselling Roy Grace crime series is soon to be brought to life on the small screen with ITV. John Simm will be playing Detective Inspector Roy Grace, the Brighton-based sleuth who’s captured the attention of crime and mystery readers across the globe. The Roy Grace TV adaptation begins on March 14th, so in celebration of Peter James’ fantastic detective, we want to share five things to love about Roy Grace.
We are celebrating those new and old American authors that we love at World of Books. You will find a list of 50 fantastic authors that were all born in the land of the free and have produced some fantastic pieces of literature that stand the test of time. Find out our top 50 American authors below.
Jodi Picoult was born on the 19th May 1966 in New York and was raised by her parents, she was late joined by her brother. She moved to New Hampshire. Jodi wrote her first story at the age of five, and has always said that her mother and grandmother were both teachers, and their influence was very important growing up.
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi is an American writer and is the bestselling author of 23 novels. Approximately 14 million copies of her books are in print worldwide and they have been translated into 34 languages. Her books are incredible stories, all dealing with real-life situations; suicide, school shootings and illness. She is a favourite of ours here in the office.
Michael Crichton has to be one of the most popular American authors of this modern era. With his books selling over 200 million copies worldwide and with many being adapted into movies, many generations have seen his work in some way. We are celebrating this brilliant author’s birth date today and are getting ready to curl up with Jurassic Park and the not so cuddly dinosaurs.Continue Reading
We are celebrating the birthday of the “Stephen King of children’s literature”, R. L. Stine. He is the author of hundreds of horror fiction novels that included Goosebumps, Fear Street and The Nightmare Room series. He has sold over 400 million copies.Continue Reading