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↑ Dark Matter to be filmed Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter is a creepy ghost/thriller book that I loved. And now it is to be made into a film by DNA Films, which is developing the project with Film4. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly is adapting the screenplay. The novel tells the story of a 1937 British expedition to the high Arctic which takes a hugely sinister turn. Click here to read about how Michelle researched the book:- ↑ Gaiman on getting kids reading Thumbs up to fantasy author Neil Gaiman who lambasted book snobs in a recent lecture given on behalf of The Reading Agency. People who decide children should read only worthy books are misguided, he suggested, when the motivation should be to get children reading something, anything, first. Then, they can discover reading. That is why our public libraries are so important. “The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them. “I don’t think there is such a thing
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Categories: Book Love.

My favourite library… The British Library

I only visited the old British Library, when it was at the British Museum in Bloomsbury, once. When the plan to move to a new building St Pancras was mooted in the late 1970s, I was a student at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. I saw the plans of the architect, Colin St John Wilson, and it was a case of instant dislike: all that red brick. Brutalist architecture, not my favourite. But I have an inbuilt love of all libraries.Now the building has mellowed and so have I. Now that I’ve been there, worked there, spent many days there all day, I have fallen in love with it. The quiet of the reading rooms [my favourite is Humanities One], the excellence of its systems, the large workstations… The British Museum’s Department of Printed Books was founded in 1753. From its inception it had the privilege of legal deposit, giving it the entitlement to a copy of most items printed in the UK: books, periodicals, newspapers, maps and printed music. Space was always a factor, with the storage of newspapers being moved early in the 20th century to the British Library Newspapers at Colindale. The building survived bombs dropped by
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Categories: On Researching and On Writing.

My favourite library… The London Library

Every time I go to The London Library, it feels like an enormous treat. Why? Well for one, it’s a private library and there is a membership fee which I feel I must justify by regular use. But mostly it feels like a treat because it feels like a library should. It is hushed, the bookshelves are full, floor to ceiling. It has one million books dating from the 16th century to today. I have my favourite workstation, except it’s just a ledge beside a window looking across the rooftops of St James, where no-one else ever seems to walk by. Sometimes I go to collect a book I have ordered online, sometimes I go to research something specific, sometimes I just go to browse. I always seem to leave with at least one book, whether I planned to or not.   ‘Possession’ by AS Byatt [UK: Vintage] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: My favourite library…@TheLondonLib via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love, On Researching and On Writing.