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JK Rowling hits back at claim she doesn’t understand her own Harry Potter books | Books | Entertainment
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JK Rowling hits back at claim she doesn’t understand her own Harry Potter books | Books | Entertainment

JK Rowling has become a polarising figure in recent years with her outspoken views on transgenderism.Most recently she challenged Scotland’s new hate crime law, describing several transgender women (biological males who identify as women) as men on social media.The Harry Potter author has continued to double down on her opinions in rows with trans activists on X (formerly known as Twitter).Most recently one wrote to her in an on-going argument thread, claiming the writer should “understand” transgender issues because of the nature of her tales about the boy wizards.They posted to Rowling: “Side note I think it's hilarious and ironic that the most successful modern author on a coming of age story where the protagonist realizes they are someone completely different than they were socializ...
Someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds | UK | News
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Someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds | UK | News

45-year-old mortgage adviser Nicola Bulley who went missing. (Image: )I live in the Scottish Highlands where, last year, I read about a lone hiker who disappeared. Literally. He went off hill walking one day and never returned. The story made a few paragraphs in a local paper, that was it. Beyond a few social media groups, his disappearance was barely noticed. No one was interested. And his immediate family aside, no one seemed to care.It made me wonder why some missing persons cases receive so little interest, while others make huge headlines.So I began to look into the phenomenon and even as a former police officer of 25 years, I was startled by what I found.On average, someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds. Yes, you read that right. Every minute and a half, someone disapp...
Someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds | UK | Travel
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Someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds | UK | Travel

45-year-old mortgage adviser Nicola Bulley who went missing. (Image: )I live in the Scottish Highlands where, last year, I read about a lone hiker who disappeared. Literally. He went off hill walking one day and never returned. The story made a few paragraphs in a local paper, that was it. Beyond a few social media groups, his disappearance was barely noticed. No one was interested. And his immediate family aside, no one seemed to care.It made me wonder why some missing persons cases receive so little interest, while others make huge headlines.So I began to look into the phenomenon and even as a former police officer of 25 years, I was startled by what I found.On average, someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds. Yes, you read that right. Every minute and a half, someone disapp...
Six in 10 have been inspired to try something new – after reading a book | Books | Entertainment
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Six in 10 have been inspired to try something new – after reading a book | Books | Entertainment

Six in 10 adults have been inspired to take up or do something new after reading – including change career, learn a new language, and climb a mountain, research has found. A poll of 2,000 adults, who read for pleasure, found 26 percent have been compelled to make a positive change to their lives after reading.As many as 25 percent said they’re “likely” to try something new after reading about it, while 57 percent agree anyone looking for inspiration should get stuck into a good book.Other things those polled have been inspired to do by the pages of a book include travel, write, and cook at home.The study, commissioned by makers of the Galaxy Tab S9 Series, Samsung, found that reading helps 77 percent to relax, while 49 percent said it makes them feel “happier”.Broadcaster Nick Grimshaw,...
Book lovers can bag 3 months of Audible for 99p in limited time deal | Books | Entertainment
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Book lovers can bag 3 months of Audible for 99p in limited time deal | Books | Entertainment

Amazon is giving shoppers the chance to bag three months of audiobooks for just 99p and the options are seemingly endless. Audible is the shopping giant's audiobook service and would usually set you back £7.99 a month for one credit which you can cash in for any book on the site - which includes bundles where you can get entire series with one credit.For a limited time they're letting listeners enjoy new books for even less. In the Amazon Spring Deal they've dropped the price down to 99p for the first month and then months 2 and 3 for free, offering shoppers a saving of £23.This is the standard Audible deal and gives new subscribers one credit they they can use to purchase any book across the site, although there are other options including two credits a month or an annual subscription ...
The incredible story of a 14th century Great Escape from the Tower of London | Books | Entertainment
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The incredible story of a 14th century Great Escape from the Tower of London | Books | Entertainment

The Tower of London was a prison until the 1950s (Image: Rudy Sulgan/Getty)The mass escape of Allied airmen from a German prisoner of war camp remains one of history’s most famous jail-breaks. Stalag Luft III was designed to be escape-proof but PoWs, using impressive ingenuity to remain undetected, dug a tunnel, then crawled their way to safety 30ft below the oblivious guards.It was an amazing master-stroke of courage and endurance nearly 80 years ago in March 1944. Unfortunately, the tunnel stopped far short of the protective cover of the surrounding forest.Emerging one by one, the men had to make a dash for it. This foiled the original plan to free the full 200 men.Even so, the Nazis discovered that 76 hardy prisoners had broken out of their supposed fortress.Their heroic act was immo...
Harry Potter beats Paddington Bear to top of favourite heroes list | Books | Entertainment
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Harry Potter beats Paddington Bear to top of favourite heroes list | Books | Entertainment

It's World Book Day, the internationally celebrated holiday where literature is praised around the globe, and children are encouraged to pick up a book and put down their phones.Of course, there are an almost infinite amount of loveable characters from hundreds of years of publishing.And while Alice in Wonderland, Katniss Everdeen and the Famous Five are all-timers... it's a modern hero who has come out on top.Harry Potter has been crowned children's favourite literature character (from train-related books, anyhow).National rail company Trainline has teamed up with celeb Vogue Williams to bring together the full list of kids' best characters, who have dropped the heartening statistic that almost two-thirds of children (60 percent) of children flick through a book on their train journeys...
Top 30 books that have inspired holidays – ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ tops list | Books | Entertainment
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Top 30 books that have inspired holidays – ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ tops list | Books | Entertainment

Millions of holidaymakers have chosen a destination based on a book they’ve read – with “Under the Tuscan Sun”, by Frances Mayes, named as the top inspiration. A study of 2,000 adults found one in four have booked a holiday in order to visit a location referenced in a novel.Some of the most popular holiday spots inspired by books include Venice (“The Thief Lord” by Cornelia Funke), Barcelona (“The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon), Kefalonia, (“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”) and Paris (“Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo).Others long to visit Rome, thanks to “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown, and Corfu, which features in “The Corfu Trilogy”, by Gerald Durrell.The research also revealed that 35 percent have been influenced by TV shows – with Iceland, Spain, and Italy among the top count...
Meet the boss of Timpson paying for his staff to fix their ‘ruined’ teeth | Books | Entertainment
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Meet the boss of Timpson paying for his staff to fix their ‘ruined’ teeth | Books | Entertainment

James Timpson, right, with his father Sir John Timpson (Image: John Gladwin / Reach Plc)James Timpson is reading an email from one of his shop managers, asking for a second-hand car and a prom dress for their daughter. This might seem unusual for the CEO of a business turning over nearly £300million and employing more than 5,500 staff in 2,100 locations. But neither James nor his firm are exactly run-of-the-mill.As well as operating Britain’s biggest service retailer, rightly famous for pioneering jobs for ex-offenders, the 52-year-old is also de facto head of its inspiring Dreams Come True scheme and recipient today of several similar requests.This employee’s family car is on its last legs and they’re struggling to find a finance deal, ahead of a driving holiday to Devon. Like many Bri...
Harry Potter official new book announced for Christmas 2024 release | Books | Entertainment
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Harry Potter official new book announced for Christmas 2024 release | Books | Entertainment

The Harry Potter main novel series may be over, but that doesn’t mean that’s the end of official books set in JK Rowling’s Wizarding World.Following last year’s Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac comes Christmas at Hogwarts.Unveiled today by Bloomsbury and Scholastic, the festive illustrated book focuses on Harry’s first stay at the wizarding school over the December holidays.Text from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be accompanied by magical illustrations.An announcement teased: “With exquisite full-colour illustrations courtesy of artist Ziyi Gao, Christmas at Hogwarts is crammed with cheerful, seasonal drawings focusing on Harry Potter's first time staying at Hogwarts for the Christmas holidays.”Beijing-born illustrator Gao said: “Though the owl delivering my acceptance let...