I was first introduced to the grump that is Ove by my aunty who’s a librarian and has dedicated most of her working life to encouraging teenagers and young adults to read more books. I hadn’t heard of A Man Called Ove before, nor the author and columnist Fredrik Backman; both had completely bypassed my radar when the novel was first published back in 2012. I picked it up in my *ahem* early 30s and I wasn’t disappointed with the recommendation.
With the new ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, we take the opportunity to look back at one of the most memorable Austen characters: Elizabeth Bennet. Landing into the literary world in the 1813 publication of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet is a stand-out character, full of zest and vivacity. We break down her best traits to find out how to be more Elizabeth Bennet.
The autumn term has finally arrived and all the kids big and small are settling into their new school year. Whether you’ve got a herd of teens heading off to college and university or a tiny tot learning the ropes in their nursery, books are an amazing way to keep them afloat. Our back to school reading list is here to help. At World of Books, we believe that reading is the best activity to fill up the hours, escape or connect, and learn. Whatever your children are into, we’ve got just the book!
Some of the most memorable teenage literary characters are not heroic or inspiring. Coming of age stories often portray the worst sides of adolescence in curious ways. Whether it’s the old familiar and mostly harmless angst-fest or a sadistic moralless teenage rampage, we’ve listed our top five troubled teens in modern and contemporary fiction.
Fantasy books are one of our favourite ways to escape our own reality. Delving into a magical kingdom, a mystery world, or an alternative universe can provide us with adventures never before anticipated from our blue and green rock. But what if we told you that many of your favourite fantasy lands are based on real-life – and visitable – places? Continue Reading
It’s coming close to that time of year again. The day parents up and down the country discuss in hushed tones in quiet corners, shuddering over the ghosts of World Book Day past. Sadly, for most parents, the days when children were just given a voucher and had a book fair are done, it’s all about the costumes these days. Now, before you go delving into the dressing up box in a blind panic, here are some handy tips to help you get prepared.