Andrea Leadsom gave us quite a laugh early on in July. A few days after the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen‘s death, the leader of the Commons was attempting to praise the author, who will feauture on the new £10 banknotes that will go into circulation in September. Following comments from the shadow Commons leader, Valerie Vaz, praising leading female figures, she said:
“I would just add one other great lady to that lovely list, who I am delighted to join in celebrating, and that’s that of Jane Austen, who will feature on the new £10 note, which I think is one of our greatest living authors.”
When confronted with laughter, she quickly corrected her statement as follows: “Greatest ever authors, and I think it’s fantastic that at last we are starting to recognise – well I think many of us probably wish she were still living – but I absolutely share the sentiment.”
After the literary slip, she was mocked on Twitter and even trended on the social media website for a little while. Among the tweeters was bookseller Waterstones that was having a lot of fun with Andra Leadsom’s mistake.
We are currently moving all our Jane Austen stock from Classics into Greatest Living Authors. Thanks Andrea Leadsom for the heads up.
Today we celebrate Harry Potter, since the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published exactly twenty years ago on the 26th of June 1997. Bloomsbury released special house editions for the occasion.
You’ll see Harry Potter pop up basically everywhere and The Story Burrow has no intention of being an exception. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, I’m sharing my 20 most favourite Harry Potter moments from the entire series. You can read part one first, or start part two immediately and turn to the other post later, if you feel like. It goes without saying that this post contains spoilers.
Exactly twenty years ago, on the 26th of June 1997, a little children’s book that wasn’t supposed to make any money was published. Back then, nobody expected the sales of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone to go way beyond the initial print-run of 500 hardback copies, let alone to have a profound impact on the book trade. As soon as newspapers started noticing the book and awarded it with glowing reviews, the sales went through the roof. Today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is one of the best-selling titles of all time.
In celebration of twenty years Harry Potter Bloombury released special anniversary editions of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. For the very first time you can buy your favourite children’s book in your house colours. It’s total bliss.
Across the world 26 June 2017 is set to be a Harry Potter day with thousands of events planned in bookshops and libraries, on Youtube, social media and bookblogs. It will be extremely hard to avoid the magic if you are crazy enough to want to do so. I, for one, am more than glad to do my bit in celebration of every reader’s favourite wizard. In no particular order, here are my 20 favourite moments from the Harry Potter series. It goes without saying that it will contain spoilers.
May has flown by already and luckily it hasn’t been all Donald Trump and Brexit in the news. Stuff happened in the world that really matters too: the world of books. Obviously, I can’t give you a summary of everything that happened in May; you’d still be reading this blog post by the end of June. So, here’s a compilation of newsworthy stories I found interesting.
Joanna Trollope (Credits: unknown)
J.K. Rowling (Credits: unknown)
The month kicked off with a sneer towards J.K. Rowling. Not – as you would expect – by Twitter trolls picking a fight over her political views. This time she was criticized by fellow author Joanna Trollope. According to the latter, social media are not the kind of platforms for a writer to express his views.