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Francois Verster resenseer Lafras Cuyper Kanonnier deur Karl Kielblock

Lafras Cuyper KanonnierUitspraak: wortel

En as jy nie meer so jonk in jare is nie, maar jonk in gees, beveel ek steeds hierdie boek aan. Dit bied meer as blote nostalgiewaarde en dit voel vir my reg dat Karl Kielblock nog nie vergeet is nie. Mag hy deur sy karakters voortleef.


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Winners of the 2015 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards

Conny Masocha Lubisi

Alert! The winners of the 2015 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards (MMLLA) were announced at the Pearson head offices in Cape Town last night.

The MMLLA was launched in 2006 by Maskew Miller Longman as their commitment to develop quality literature in all official languages for young readers and to encourage a love of reading in learners’ mother tongue.

The competition acts as a platform to encourage and provide support for aspiring writers who wish to produce literary work in the language of their choice. It remains the only literature competition that gives equal weighting to all 11 official South African languages, reflecting the commitment to developing quality literature in all official languages for young readers.

The competition explores a different genre each year. In 2015 a call was made for Children’s Fiction and a total of 122 entries were received, with 50 percent being written in African languages.

Finalists include a teacher with a passion for theatre, freelance translator, freelance journalists and writers, a church leader with a focus on the youth, and a community project member who helps children discover nature through art. Among the 8 finalists there are debut as well as multi-award-winning writers.

Dianne Case


Before the prizegiving, celebrated children’s and young adult author Diane Case delivered the keynote address. She was the English winner in the MML Literature Awards 2007.

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Spending time with children, which is something she does often as a very active grandmother and involved community member, and her own childhood memories inform Case’s emphatic stories. She shared many touching anecdotes to give examples and stressed throughout her address that “children are not stupid”.

Through witnessing kids’ reactions to not only her stories but other South African narratives too, Case has found enough evidence to say with authority that localised stories – especially those told in a child’s mother tongue – make children feel relevant and help them to articulate their South African world.

Her books tend to create empathy in readers and offer a glimpse of what life was, and in some respects still is, for many people in South Africa. Her first novel, Albatross Winter, was published by Maskew Miller Longman in 1983.

After Case’s spirited address, Brian Wafawarowa, Pearson SA Executive Director for Learning Resources took the stage to announce the winners and present them with their books, hot off the press.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2015 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards (in alphabetical order):


  • Jelleke Wierenga for Mensekind teen die monstervlieg (Afrikaans)
  • Bridget Pitt for The Night of the Go-away Birds (English)
  • Sipho Richard Kekezwa for Icebo Likamalusi (isiXhosa)
  • Emmanuel Nkosinathi Nazo for Imbewu Yomuthi Obabayo (isiZulu)
  • Mabonchi Goodwill Motimele for La Fata Gal Le Boe Fela (Sepedi)
  • Thatayaone Raymond Dire for Ngwana Sejo o a Tlhakanelwa (Setswana)
  • Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho for Mveledzo na Zwighevhenga (Tshivenda)
  • Conny Masocha Lubisi for Xixima (Xitsonga)

Read about each of these authors and their books:

2015 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards


2015 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards – Biographies of Winners


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Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) tweeted live from the launch using the hashtag #livebooks:


Press Release

Aspiring writers give South African children the gift of reading in their mother tongue

Pearson South Africa will host the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards on Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 17:00-21:00 at its Auto Atlantic Office in Cape Town to announce the winners of this national literature competition. Annually, Pearson invites experienced, new and aspiring writers to submit their original, unpublished stories in their mother tongue to develop quality literature in all of the official South African languages.

The competition judges had the difficult decision of selecting only 8 finalists, from hundreds of submissions received for children’s stories aged 9 to 12. Many of whom work in other industries unrelated to writing and awarded them the opportunity to follow their passion and see their dreams realised.

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, a freelance journalist and one of the (Tshivenda) finalists said: “I have found the MML Awards to be a strong foundation and basement for writers (like me) who still see writing in indigenous languages as a cause worth establishing and celebrating.”

In support of the writers, Pearson hosted a free writer’s workshop in February 2015. The workshop was hosted by Niki Daly, renowned author and illustrator who is respected in the industry for his contribution to children’s fiction and art. The 2014 MML Awards Tshivenda winner, Khalirendwe Nekhavhambe attended and workshop and remarked that it had provided her with invaluable knowledge and skills that left her feeling empowered, motivated and confident as a writer.

Brian Wafawarowa, Pearson SA Executive Director for Learning Resources says: “We are proud to be a part of this annual celebration of ethnic language literature in South Africa’s official languages. Literature is an important element in improving literacy in our country, we encourage people to read and enjoy literature in their mother tongue. We support all initiatives that will help to improve education in some way.”

Award-winning South African author, Dianne Case will be the guest speaker at this year’s Awards ceremony. She has written several successful children’s books.

A prize of R7 500 will be awarded to each winner and will be considered for publication by Pearson. A prize of R3500 will be awarded to each finalist.

Next year the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards will celebrate literature for teenagers. YA authors of all South African languages, start writing! Keep an eye on Books LIVE for information on how you can enter.

Congratulations to the 2015 winners!

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Caro Liebenberg resenseer The Mark deur Edyth Bulbring

The MarkUitspraak: wortel

Ettie, eintlik Juliet Seven, is nie ’n spesiale meisie met supervermoëns wat die wêreld gaan red van hierdie bose Elite nie. Sy is ’n niemand, ’n Drudge wat bestem is om die vuil werk van die Elite te doen. So het die Masjien dit bestem en haar getatoeerde nommer is die bewys. Maar Ettie is nie tevrede met wat vooraf bepaal is nie…

’n Boeiende lees tot op die laaste bladsy.


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Knotting Your Brain Over Festive Gifts? Check out the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue for Ideas

Does the very idea of Christmas make you break out in a cold sweat? Is your festive season countdown calendar an endless list of futile ideas (because really, how many creative gifts can you buy someone you’ve known for years now?) Or do you simply avoid the issue until Christmas Eve, and then pray for Groundhog Day?

However you approach the holiday that inevitably turns into a time of giving – and more giving – the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue will take the guesswork out of gift-shopping.

There is something for everyone in the Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue – from fiction to poetry, children’s books to young adult, even books for inspired home cooks or avid gardeners.

For all that the Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue has to offer, have a look at the contents page (click to see the entire list):



Here are a few of the local books in the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue:

The Book of MemoryThe Magistrate of GowerSweet MedicineFlame in the SnowBeer SafariVlakwaterImmer wes
SkarlakenDie verdwyning van Billy KatzDJ Opperman - Versamelde poësieRympies vir pikkies en peuters’n Goeie dag vir boomklimDie huis van ryeTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Jane’s Delicious Urban GardeningGolden LionDonker stroomSugar ManThe Supper Club
Burchell's TravelsShed Happens50 Must-see Geological Sites in South AfricaThe Secret Society
Still GrazingWe Have Now Begun Our DescentJack Parow - Die ou met die snor by die barRhodes Rage

The catalogue was launched last week Friday at Exclusive Books Rosebank, with special presentations and activities by Suzelle DIY (SuzelleDIY: The Book), Lucy Corne (Beer Safari), Jane Griffiths (Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening) and Rico of Madame & Eve (Shed Happens).


Read Monique Bernic’s blog post on the event:

We were then able to select our next activity between container gardening with Jane Griffiths, learning to draw the characters from Madam & Eve with Rico, tasting craft beer with Lucy Corne and decorating cookies with Elli Saayman in celebration of the release of the special edition of Alice in Wonderland.

I opted for the container gardening due to my background in Conservation and got to put together and take home an upside-down potted parsley which now graces my front door. We learned about the water-holding properties of peat (an essential in this drought!) and the soil enriching characteristics of earthworms.

Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) live tweeted the festivities:



Press release:

Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue Event

Exclusive Books was delighted to have hosted media, publishers and clients at this year’s Christmas Catalogue Event at the Rosebank Exclusive Books store this past Friday.

As part of the festivities, Exclusive Books announced the 2015 Christmas Catalogue titles, among which were highly esteemed authors and one very special anniversary. CEO of Exclusive Books, Benjamin Trisk delivered a warm welcome to all attending guests and spoke heartily about the industry and Exclusive Books’ mission to keep the legacy of print books alive. After his speech guests quickly moved on to an exciting ‘make your own handbag’ activity with the comical and energetic Suzelle DIY.

After Suzelle’s hilarious delivery, the order of events continued and Rico Schacherl, Jane Griffiths, Lucy Corne and Elli Saayman kept the crowd thoroughly entertained with their activities. Publishers and media were invited to gather around the specially designed activity tables. All were in for a treat! Rico taught his guests a thing or two about cartoon drawing. Some of his guests’ attempts were dismal but Rico kept his students going, encouraging them to focus more on the pleasure of the creative exercise. Lucy Corne’s beer tasting table was a popular draw card, especially amongst the gents. The result? Great conversation, plenty of laughs and quite a few interesting facts about beer. Jane was not at all phased by her mall surrounding. She immediately set to work and got her hands (quite) dirty. Inspired by her enthusiasm, Jane’s table of guests all did their best at urban gardening and made their very own upside down pot plants. The final thrill of the afternoon was Elli Saayman’s cookie designs. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, Elli’s table designed the most exquisite Alice in Wonderland cookies using glitter, icing, frosting and a rainbow of other sweets.

The Christmas Catalogue Event was a great success. The hosts went all out with the food and drinks menu too. The beautifully displayed tables of cheese boards, macaroons and other desserts were mouth-wateringly gorgeous. The endless supply of flat white coffees from the Exclusive Books cafe was certainly a win with guests, especially those who’d burnt through the midnight oil to ensure they didn’t miss out on this exclusive event.

All guests thoroughly appreciated the joys and spoils that the Exclusive Books team put together. We wait with childish anticipation on what the team will put together for 2016!


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Who Will Be Our “Story Bosso”? Nal’ibali Announces Their Storytelling Competition Shortlist (Plus: Videos)

Alert! Nal’ibali has announced the shortlist for their “Story Bosso” storytelling competition.

The nationwide talent search was launched during the Literacy and Heritage Month in September this year in an attempt to identify undiscovered storytellers across the country. The campaign received 2 000 entries, and the shortlist of 15 storytellers between the ages of five and 15 was announced yesterday.

The authors on the judging panel that will help to choose South Africa’s Story Bosso are Lebogang Mashile, Sindiwe Magona, Shaka Sisulu, Nik Rabinowitz, Bonnie Henna and Alan Glass.

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The winner will be announced on Monday, 30 November, and will walk away with a R5 000 cash prize, a R1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. The winner will also get to hang out with one of the participating celebrity judges. The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.

Carole Bloch, the Executive Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign, said: “As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential.”

For the competition, contestants had to submit video clips of themselves showcasing their storytelling talents. Have a look at a few of the shortlisted videos, and visit Nal’ibali on YouTube for more:

(Scroll down for the complete shortlist)

Funeka Soga’s “Lucy learns her ABC’s”:

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Athandiwe Skade’s “Umboleki”:

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Nozipho Thsabalala’s “The Lion and the Mouse”:

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Sihle Mncwabe’s “Everything is Rosy”:

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Olwethu Peter’s “The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids”:

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Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa’s “The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest”:

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The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club’s “The golden thread”:

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Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin’s “The Lonely Frog”:

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Horacio Ngovene’s “The Lion and the Little Mouse”:

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Lisa Gebe’s “The Lion and the Mouse”:

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Press release

Monday, 2 November

Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced the shortlist of nominees for its “Story Bosso” storytelling competition. Running throughout Literacy and Heritage Month in September this year, and in conjunction with media partner Times Media, the competition has been designed as a nationwide talent search to excite people about reading and telling stories; identify undiscovered storytellers across the country and connect members of the public with a range of local stories as well as tips and ideas on how to become better storytellers.

Carole Bloch, Executive Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign, said: “As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential.”

Having invited all South Africans, young and old, to tell their favourite family-friendly story in their home languages, the campaign has collected over 2 000 stories from a full cross section of South African society. Now, whittled down to just 15 candidates, celebrity judges will assist Nal’ibali literacy activists in deciding South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.

Celebrity judges include actress and writer, Lebogang Mashile; author and retired teacher, Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer, Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author, Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author, Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer, Busiswa and TV presenter and radio personality, Elana Afrika.

The winner will be announced on Monday, 30 November, and he or she will take home not only the title, a R5 000 cash prize, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers, but will also receive a visit from a participating celebrity judge. The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.

Members of the public will be able to access and enjoy all 15 shortlisted stories in the form of audio and video clips on the Nal’ibali website for the month of November. Stories include original stories, retold stories and stories that have been read aloud by some of South Africa’s most animated storytellers between the ages of five and 51.

Nal’ibali 2015 Story Bosso Shortlist Nominees:

1. Lisa Gebe
Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Read aloud. Language: English. Age: 11

2. Chiara Dover
Story title: Probleme in die Droombos. Category: Read aloud. Language: Afrikaans. Age: 9

3. Atang Makgata
Story title: A Dream About the Enchanted Forest. Category: Original. Language: English. Age: 12

4. Busisiwe Smith
Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 30

5. Edith Makola
Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: English

6. Olwethu Peter
Story title: The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids. Category: Read aloud. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 9

7. Sihle Mncwabe
Story title: Everything is Rosy. Category: Read aloud. Language: English

8. Nozipho Thsabalala
Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 5

9. Athandiwe Skade
Story title: Umboleki. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 7

10. Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa
Story title: The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 51

11. Nyameka Combi
Story title: Lisa’s First Day at Harare Library. Category: Original. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 33

12. The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club (team entry)
Story title: The Golden Thread by Aaliyah Monga (club member). Category: Read aloud. Language: English

Club leader: Maimoonah Asiya Gori, 51. Club members: Muhammad Kaamil Bux, 11; Fathima Mohammed, 9; Husna Adam, 8; Yumna Bux, 8; Haadiya Monga, 9; Tasneem Sheriff, 9; Mahdiyah Moola, 10; Aaliyah Monga, 8; Yusrah Seja, 10; Mohammed Ameen Yousoof, 10; Mariam Seedat, 12.

13. Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin (team entry)
Story title: The Lonely Frog. Category: Original. Language: English & Sign. Age: 33 and 31

14. Funeka Soga
Story title: Lucy learns her ABC’s. Category: Original. Language: English Age: 24

15. Horacio Ngovene
Story title: The Lion and the Little Mouse. Category: Re-telling. Language: English. Age: 21

For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign as well as reading tips and stories in a range of South African languages, visit, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Nal’ibali is driven by PRAESA, 2015 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award for children’s literature and reading promotion.


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Alles om na uit te sien op die RSG Kunstefees-program (15 – 19 November 2015)

Die program vir die derde RSG Kunstefees is pas bekendgemaak en bied vanjaar besonderse pitkos vir boek- en kunsliefhebbers!

Die radio-kunstefees vind plaas vanaf Sondag, 15 November tot Vrydag, 20 November (en nie die 19′e soos in die opskrif aangedui word nie) en word regstreeks uitgesaai vanuit die M1-ouditorium in Auckland Park.

Die RSG Kunstefees beloof om iets van alles aan luisteraars te bied – van storieverteltyd met Elias P Nel en “Die woordketting” met Ilse Salzwedel en die digters Diana Ferrus, Andries Bezuidenhout en Philip de Vos tot die hervertelling van ou gunstelinge deur André P Brink, Chris Barnard en Leon van Nierop.

Enkele hoogtepunte op die program is die verskyning van radiodebute deur Adam Small ( Maria – Moeder van God, Sondag om 18:30), Ingrid Jonker (Korreltjie kantel, Maandag om 19:10) en Hennie Aucamp (Wolf-wolf hoe laat is dit? Maandag om 20:00).

Nog ‘n debuut om na uit te sien is Atropos deur Hendrik J Botha.

Bly ingeskakel op RSG vir vars nuwe stemme, geliefde ou woorde, klankeksperimente en nóg meer:


GoreeKanna hy kô huistoeLobola vir die leweAdrenalienBallade vir ’n enkelingDiane Victor - Burning the Candle at Both EndsBek sonner brieke
Vlam in die sneeuFlame in the SnowIngrid JonkerSkulpMits dese wil ek vir jou sêAtropos
Kop op \'n blokVan sprokie tot tragedie in die kolligI've Come to Take You HomeVeelvuldige gebruike vir huishoudelike toestelleToeris in Hillbrow
Danda op OudeurBriewe van Uys KrigeThe Lion Sleeps TonightDie huis van rye


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Loer na die program:

Program vir die RSG Kunstefees 2015 gelaai deur Books LIVE


In die video vertel Magdaleen Krüger, RSG se stasiebestuurder, en Kobus Burger, uitvoerende regisseur: drama, wat luisteraars kan verwag van vanjaar se fees:

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Zoe Salzwedel (16) resenseer Spooksoene deur Troula Goosen

SpooksoeneUitspraak: wortel met enkele punte van kritiek

Maar ten spyte van hierdie kritiek kan ek Spooksoene steeds aanbeveel vir almal wat van spookstories hou. Dit sal veral gewild wees by jonger lesers van so tussen tien en dertien – dis nie heeltemal vir ouer kinders nie.


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Willie Burger resenseer Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklok deur Pieter Verwey

Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklokUitspraak: wortel

Een van die vernaamste vereistes vir ‘n jeugroman, is dat ‘n sterk spanningslyn gehandhaaf moet word. Pieter Verwey se Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklok slaag telkens daarin om, net soos die leser begin dink dat die verhaal nou ‘n voorspelbare verloop gaan volg, ‘n nuwe wending te bring, vol verrassings.


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Ilse de Korte resenseer Liefde is ’n sprokie saamgestel deur Santie Nel

Liefde is ’n sprokieUitspraak: wortel

Liefde is ‘n sprokie is ‘n lekker versameling liefdesverhale geskep deur die Fynbos-skrywers, ‘n groep skrywers wat sedert 2010 al saamskryf onder die wakende oog van die sameroeper en administrateur, Santie Nel. Hierdie groepie is saamgestel uit mense wat saam ‘n kinderboekskryfkursus bygewoon het en toe begin saam skryf het met die doel om ‘n liefde vir lees by kinders te kweek. Die stories in Liefde is ‘n sprokie is geskryf deur 12 van die 30 Fynbos-skrywers en is 22 kort liefdesverhale wat op bekende sprokies geskoei is. Bydraer Elsabè van der Colff het ook pas die ATKV-prys vir die selfleeskategorie (gr 4–5) vir Nina en die funky eksperiment ontvang, so beslis nie ‘n klompie wat lig in die broek is nie.


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5 Sunday Reads, Including the Irish Literature Boom, Neil Gaiman on Libraries and a Short Story by Ben Marcus

The Devil I Know1. Irish literature is flourishing: Justine Jordan looks at the post-crash stars of fiction

From The Guardian: ““Money kills the imagination,” says the narrator of Claire Kilroy’s 2012 novel The Devil I Know, a fiendishly good satire of the moment the Irish boom went bust. “It makes us want the same thing.” The book is set in 2016 and takes the form of one man’s testimony to a tribunal intended to uncover the sleaze and short-termism that enabled a giant property bubble to inflate in the years leading up to the global financial crash of 2008. In the autumn of 2015, we have not yet caught up with Kilroy’s future setting, but as the real-world aftershocks of the Celtic Tiger’s downfall continue, one Irish sector is booming: with the rise of a new wave of writers, from Paul Murray, Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan to first-time authors such as Eimear McBride, Sara Baume, Lisa McInerney and Colin Barrett, there is a palpable energy to Irish fiction.”

The Catcher in the Rye2. Rediscover the classics by reading 30 great opening lines in literature

From The Telegraph: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” – J.D Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye (1951)

Trigger Warning3. Neil Gaiman believes our future depends on libraries, reading, daydreaming and ultimately – our imaginations

From The Guardian: “It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone4. On Audiobooks: 10 Voices will make you love literature, even if you’re listening to it instead of reading it

From io9: “Do you ever outgrow the pleasure of having a story read to you? Not if you’re listening to these books. From A-list celebrities to talented voice actors with multiple pseudonyms, these voices will make you love literature, even if you’re listening to it instead of reading it.”
Leaving the Sea5. A short story on the cruelty of children by Ben Marcus: “Cold Little Bird”

From The New Yorker: ” It tarted with bedtime. A coldness. A formality.

Martin and Rachel tucked the boy in, as was their habit, then stooped to kiss him good night.

“Please don’t do that,” he said, turning to face the wall.

They took it as teasing, flopped onto his bed to nuzzle and tickle him.”


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