Billy Bunter first arrived on the scene in an unpublished work in the late 1890s and was said to be derived from three people known by his originator Frank Richards (real name Charles Hamilton), who died Today in 1961. 474 more words
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This November I’ll be giving a talk on the wartime Magnet comics to the Being Young in World War One conference in Manchester. I’ll be arguing that the comics had a nuanced approach to the war, remaining firmly patriotic while suggesting that the demands of war should not make people forget the civilised decencies of peacetime. 841 more words
THE BBC news website last week published a list of the top 10 must-read books for young kids … and Harry Potter is nowhere to be seen. 660 more words
Welcome to my childhood world of books! .
You would have heard of the Dolls museum in New Delhi… Started by the greatest Grandfather of all time – Shankar of Shankar’s weekly immortality (far more than fame)… It is Shankar who started this museum, sometime forty or fifty years back…. 1,195 more words
Guest Post by Dilip M. Menon
Unlike Salman Rushdie, I did not grow up kissing books, I merely collected them. From provision stores, sidewalks, and from booksellers who were eccentric enough to try and survive by selling second hand books, in the small towns and yet-to-become cities of post independent India. 1,072 more words