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An incredible and chilling story about a young boy surviving the Holocaust | Books | Entertainment
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An incredible and chilling story about a young boy surviving the Holocaust | Books | Entertainment

This article contains affiliate links, we will receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Learn more Moshe and his best friend Shani Itzcovitz 2020 (Image: Ad Lib)In January 1945, with the evacuation of the Auschwitz camps, several hundred children and adolescents aged six to sixteen arrived in Buchenwald.I was among them.We got off the train. It was noon.Only those who could stand could get out of the caravan. Some had no strength left and remained sitting on the train, amid the piles of the dead. Out of approximately one hundred people who boarded the car - only a few survived.We had no idea what the place was. We encountered veteran prisoners in uniforms similar to ours, and armed SS soldiers. The main concern of any move to a new place was the fear they were going to ...
The awe-inspiring true story of Nicholas Winton, protagonist of the One Life film | Books | Entertainment
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The awe-inspiring true story of Nicholas Winton, protagonist of the One Life film | Books | Entertainment

The extent of his efforts has never been recognised (Image: Getty)Amid the deepening horror of March 1939, as Europe stood on the precipice of a Second World War, it was no wonder the arrival in Britain of 20 Jewish children by aeroplane from the Czech capital Prague should pass almost unnoticed.Five days later, on March 15, as German troops marched across the border, Hitler’s Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop told the world: “The lands of the former Czechoslovakia… are from now on part of the Greater German Reich.”Trevor Chadwick, the only adult to have escorted the children recalled how they “were all cheerfully sick, enticed by the little paper bags, except a baby who slept peacefully in my lap the whole time”. The youngsters, believed to be between the ages of two and 12, had ...
James Bond is set to enter public domain – What this means for next 007 future | Films | Entertainment
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James Bond is set to enter public domain – What this means for next 007 future | Films | Entertainment

Fleming’s first Bond novel Casino Royale had a 1967 unofficial spoof movie starring David Niven before EON won back the rights in 1999, ahead of Daniel Craig’s debut in 2006.Similarly, Thunderball producer Kevin McClory unofficially remade the fourth Bond movie with Sean Connery reprising the role in Never Say Never Again, which went up against Roger Moore’s Octopussy at the 1983 box office.So it’s nothing new for EON, and by the sounds of it, they’ll very much have this 2035 date in mind as they prepare to reboot with the new Bond in what will be their last decade of full movie rights ownership of Fleming’s novels.That's according to Bond expert and franchise insider Mark O’Connell, whose grandfather was a chauffeur for Cubby Broccoli, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore on the 007 mo...
Game of Thrones fans hoping for Winds of Winter despair at George RR Martin post | Books | Entertainment
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Game of Thrones fans hoping for Winds of Winter despair at George RR Martin post | Books | Entertainment

As 2024 dawns so do 13 years since George RR Martin published a book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.Since A Dance with Dragons hit shelves in 2011, the Game of Thrones TV show has come and gone with the showrunners being forced to rely on the author’s plot outlines for his unwritten final two novels.The HBO hit ended five years ago come May (yes you read that correctly) and despite positive updates on progress during the pandemic lockdowns, The Winds of Winter still doesn’t have a release date.Even more painfully for ASOIAF fans, Martin’s New Year’s Eve blog post shared no update on the book, but plenty of information on other Game of Thrones side projects that are taking him away from writing the penultimate novel.The 75-year-old’s latest blog post included news that some TV spin...
Ian Fleming’s unprecedented James Bond rights deal just before his death | Books | Entertainment
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Ian Fleming’s unprecedented James Bond rights deal just before his death | Books | Entertainment

This year James Bond fans celebrated the 70th anniversary of Ian Fleming's original 007 novels. Yet the author famously only wrote 12 novels and two collections of short stories about his MI6 spy.In the almost 60 years since his death, there have been over 50 post-Fleming Bond adventures aside from the movies.These novels include further adventures, novelisations, Young Bond, contemporary missions and even a children’s book about 007’s nephew 003½.But all this almost didn’t happen and it goes back to when Fleming made an unprecedented deal for the majority stake in his Bond book rights, having already sold the film rights in 1961.Bond expert Mark Edlitz, who was promoting his new book James Bond After Fleming: The Continuation Novels shared the tale.Speaking exclusively with Express.co....
Martin Brunt on his new book and life as the Sky News crime correspondent | Books | Entertainment
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Martin Brunt on his new book and life as the Sky News crime correspondent | Books | Entertainment

Hatton Garden: Ring leader behind heist jailed for 10 yearsJournalists should probably always contact the police when seeking a criminal case update. Well, in most cases, perhaps. Let me explain. Over the years, my insider information about underworld bosses and absconding fugitives has earned me respect, possibly grudgingly, from officers of the law. For instance, a police press officer once told a rival news hack: “Ask Martin Brunt, he knows everything before we do.”That hasn’t always been true, but as Sky News’ long-standing crime correspondent, I’ve often scooped Fleet Street.From the infamous Cromwell Street murders to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, I’ve been at the heart of some of the biggest news stories of the last 30 years.And yet, unbelievably, one of my biggest exclu...
Patrick Hamilton – the forgotten English writer who invented ‘gaslighting’ | Books | Entertainment
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Patrick Hamilton – the forgotten English writer who invented ‘gaslighting’ | Books | Entertainment

The growing influence of the phrase is a tribute to the vivid imagination of Patrick Hamilton (Image: Getty)Gas has all but disappeared from our lives as a method of lighting. Yet this outmoded technology, long superseded by cleaner, safer electricity, has left one remarkable legacy. For in recent years the term “gaslighting” has entered our language, deployed with ever greater frequency in psychological analysis and political debate.It describes the process where individuals – or even institutions – can be manipulated by their abusers so that they lose their resilience and slide towards breakdown, a form of psychological trickery in which the abuser sows self-doubt and confusion.Prince Harry has been accused of trying to “gaslight” the Royal Family with his barrage of public criticisms...
Richard Armitage on his latest Dickensian venture – EXCLUSIVE | UK | News
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Richard Armitage on his latest Dickensian venture – EXCLUSIVE | UK | News

'Dickens loved home, hearth and Christmas' says Richard Armitage. (Image: Getty)Having played Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s smash-hit Hobbit trilogy with a powerful northern accent, it’s slightly surprising to hear Richard Armitage’s deep, rich baritone minus the strong inflections of the dwarf lord. But then, the Leicester-born star is a sought-after voice actor, having been a go-to narrator for audiobooks and video games almost as long as he’s been a familiar face on stage and screen.“My accent in the Hobbit was a hybrid of my dad and his northern side of the family,” he admits with a smile. “I don’t know why my ear tuned into that, but they [the filmmakers] liked it so much Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman [who played Thorin’s nephews Fili and Kili] had to do it too. I remember...
The Life And Lies Of Charles Dickens by Helena Kelly – Dickens revised in new biography | Books | Entertainment
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The Life And Lies Of Charles Dickens by Helena Kelly – Dickens revised in new biography | Books | Entertainment

As this fascinating book reveals, we don't actually know the truth at all.Much of what we think we know is based on an authorised biography by John Forster published in 1871.Fair enough you might think but Forster was Dickens's best mate and only "revealed" what Dickens wanted the public to know.Forster was a spin doctor par excellence for his friend and his book is replete with lies, lacunae and inconsistencies.In 1856, Dickens wrote to fellow author Wilkie Collins: "I have never seen anything about myself in print which has much correctness in it."And that was the way Dickens liked and wanted it.He met Forster in 1836 and within a year the two men were working together.It was Forster who said that David Copperfield was autobiographical.Forster also kept hidden a secret sister and Jewi...