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Happy Birthday John Marsden!

marsdenjohn01Happy Birthday to John  Marsden, beloved Australian author of the Tomorrow series and the Ellie Chronicles! 

Born in Victoria, John Marsden began a Law/Arts degree at the University of Sydney, and worked at a mortuary, in a sideshow and as a security guard, before finally becoming an English teacher.

His landmark Tomorrow series is recognised as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times in Australia and is now a television show on the ABC network. The first sequel of a new series of books featuring Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow series, The Ellie Chronicles: While I Live, was published in 2003, with the second novel and third novels released in November 2005 and November 2006 respectively.

 

Happy Birthday George Bernard Shaw!

Happy Birthday to George Bernard Shaw, born 160 years ago today.

One of our favourite playwrights, he was famous for his acerbic observations and wit.

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About our quoted book:

9780141195070A barbed attack on the British class system, Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.

It was later adapted as the film My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway.

Our friends at Penguin have an extract on their website. You can read it here.

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

Did you know the fabulous children's author Dr. Seuss would be 112 this year?

While he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in the pages of his ever-popular books.  Seuss forever changed the way children’s books were written and continues to inspire generations.

Some Seuss-ical facts:

  • If you want to pronounce the name the way his family did, say Zoice, not Soose.
  • As a magazine cartoonist, he began signing his work under the mock-scholarly title of “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss” in 1927. He shortened that to “Dr. Seuss” in 1928.
  • Dr. Seuss was not a doctor.
  • For over half of his career as a children’s author, Dr. Seuss had no children.
  • He joins Hans Christian Andersen, Astrid Lindgren, and Mark Twain as one of the very few writers for children to have his own public statue.

No-one wishes anyone a Happy Birthday better than Dr Seuss, so we found a copy of Happy Birthday to You written by the great man himself!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR SEUSS!