Bookish news on the web this week - 11 April 2015


Books

To Celebrate Anthony Trollope’s 200th Anniversary, Writers Choose Their Favourite Novel
The Guardian
"Poor man’s Dickens, or master of motives and manners? Authors pick the book that they most admire, from the Bishop of London on The Prime Minister to Antonia Fraser on Can You Forgive Her?"

100 Best First Lines From Novels
American Book Review
Just that – first lines from 100 novels.

History

Stuff And Nonsense: Myths That Should By Now Be History
Mary Miley Theobald for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
If you like the facts to be right in historical novels, I think you'll enjoy this fascinating article on facts in museums. "Every day, stories about people or objects are told in museums that are not true. Some are outright fabrications. Others contain a kernel of truth that the years have embellished. Still others could be true, but lack the proof of documentation. Because they are catchy, humorous, or shocking, the stories stick in our memories when information less sexy slips away."

Young adult books

What Shall I Read Next? A Guide To UKYA
LucyTheReader for the Guardian
It’s UKYA Day tomorrow [12 April 2015], so here’s blogger and site member "LucyTheReader AKA Queen of Contemporary with five UKYA must reads – that’s books for young adults written by authors born or currently residing in the UK"

Not particularly bookish, but interesting anyway

Why Is It "Zed" in Britain, And "Zee" In America?
Paul Anthony Jones
"So zed is British and zee is American, yes? Well, that might be the case today, but once upon a time things were quite different. Historically, both zed and zee were used pretty much interchangeably in both British and American English ..."



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