George RR Martin: ‘Gandalf’s death in Lord of the Rings inspired Game of Thrones killings’

The 69-year-old author is known for liberally killing off characters in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. In fact there’s been over 1000 notable deaths in HBO’s Game of Thrones and that’s not including the latest season. And now Martin has revealed it was Gandalf’s death in The Lord of the Rings that had a “profound effect” on him. Speaking More...

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By admin On Monday, August 13th, 2018
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Family Tree, a short story by Sarah Franklin

That first night home, when I had to sleep in the bunk bed all on my own, I couldn’t go into our bedroom. I didn’t want to say anything that was going to make Mum cry harder, or Dad turn away. But I really More...

By admin On Saturday, August 11th, 2018
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Denise Welch: My six best books

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott Puffin, £9.99 This portrayed an idyllic life of which I knew nothing and I wanted to be part of the world of the four sisters. I was quite a girly girl but I was drawn to More...

By admin On Friday, August 10th, 2018
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Book reviews: Watching You

I always drop everything to read a new Lisa Jewell novel and life was put on hold while I zipped through nearly 500 pages of Watching You, a thriller about people in a fictional Bristol suburb who are watching More...

By admin On Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Before We Met, a short story by Heidi Perks

Before we met I hated you, though I guess it was inevitable. I used to stare at my reflection and wonder if your tummy bulged over your waistband the way mine did. Or if you too had creases etched across your More...

By admin On Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
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You Left Early review: Sobering tale of troubled talent

Robert was charismatic, a playful character described by a close friend as “extraordinary fun, because what he really loved was misbehaving, in every way he could possibly think of”. However, he was also More...

By admin On Monday, August 6th, 2018
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I’d never have been a success if Mum wasn’t a prude

‘I’d never have been a success if Mum wasn’t a prude’ (Image: getty) The writer dubbed “The Voice of America” has sold more then 300 million books worldwide and found More...

By admin On Sunday, August 5th, 2018
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Book review: Laughter and tears as flying ace picks up the post-war pieces

But you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy the second. The earlier novel opened during the golden days of Edwardian England and carried us through the tragedy of the First World War. This sequel More...

By admin On Saturday, August 4th, 2018
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Book review: Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee?

If the plate with five fish was chosen, the sea lion was rewarded with only two fish to eat. However, if it chose the plate of two fish, then it would be rewarded with five fish. Not only did the sea lion learn More...

By admin On Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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Cerys Matthews: My six best books

CERYS MATTHEWS, 49, was lead singer of Welsh indie band Catatonia whose hits include Mulder And Scully and Road Rage. Source link  More...