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AUGUST NEWSREEL: Bridget Jones, Harry Potter, Live a Little Longer

ALL NEW Bridget Jones
Bridget Jones' Baby to arrive after a phantom pregnancy

Those of us around in 1996 will remember the mega-phenomenon that was Bridget Jones's Diary – the novel that emerged from Helen Fielding's 1995 column for The Independent newspaper. The iconic everygirl was everywhere and everyone either knew a Bridget
or, just as likely, was one.

 

And the good news for Bridget Jones fans is that Jonathan Cape have just announced that there will, after-all,  be a new release to tie in with the release of the new film, Bridget Jones's Baby, which is due for release in cinemas on the 16th of September.

 

The new book, Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries, is to focus on Bridget's first pregnancy, some time before the events of the most recent novel – Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy - in which Bridget's children are all grown up and husband, Mark Darcy, is dead.

 

Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries, is set to be published on 11 October and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

NEW NEW Harry Potter
Cursed Child breaks more records for Rowling.

Anyone visiting a supermarket last Sunday will no doubt have seen half-emptied display stands with the last few copies of the Cursed Child playscript by Jack Thorne and JK Rowling.

 

The book launch has been marked by midnight openings, special discounts and record-breaking pre-orders with chains like Amazon and Waterstones. This Special Rehearsal Edition of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book contains the script used by the cast in crew in development of the stage show, along with further details about those involved in the stage production.

 

This current rehearsal edition is to be available for a limited time only, and will soon be replaced by the Definitive Collector’s Edition. This will contain the finalised, definitive script of the play, and other extras related to the production.

 

The book has received four stars in The Telegraph, 6/10 in The Irish Times.

 

NEW OLD Harry Potter
Hogwarts Houses for everyone - except you muggles, not for you.

The 26th June 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, which Bloomsbury will mark with an unprecedented year long marketing campaign.

 

The occasion will see special 'Hogwarts House Editions' of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for each of the the four Hogwarts houses. There will be shields on the jackets, extra content, and edges sprayed in house colours.

 

There will also be an exhibition on the magic of Harry Potter run in partnership with the British Library, set to open in October.

 

Longer Lives For Readers
 reading, longevity, long life, health

The New York Times reports on a study that links reading with longevity in the Elderly. The study reported in Elsevier journal Social Science & Medicine, found that those readers who read up to three and a half hours a week were 17% less likely to die in the next 12 years,
with those reading over 3.5 hours 23% less likely to die.

 

The results suggest that readers live on average approximately two years longer than non-readers, even after adjusting for gender, wealth and education.

 

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