London, the capital of the UK, the heart of Blighty and the most wonderful place in the world. Despite being brought up in a relatively quiet seaside town in south Devon, my heart has always been in London since my very first visit at 6 years old. With just a few weeks to go until I make the move to the big city here are my 3 reasons why London is my favourite city on earth.
3. It’s beautiful and magical
Remember all of the scenes from the films you’ve watched where a young plucky individual attempts to make it big in their capital city? Remember the wide eyed look of wonder on their face when they see the skyscrapers for the first time? That’s how I feel every time I go to London and see the beautiful buildings again. Different parts of the city have different types of architecture that is equally wonderful. From the beautiful gothic arches of the natural history museum to the beautiful facades found in Piccadilly, it all holds beauty and intrigue with so many hidden gems to admire.
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Peter Pan is a charming story about a little boy that never grows up. As a child many of us have enjoyed the Disney film as well as the popular book itself. Today I’m sharing my top 3 reasons why Peter Pan should remain a bookshelf favourite.
If you hadn’t guessed by now, I’m a massive fan of anything that is magical. Not always magical in the traditional way as in wizards waving wands and hocus pocus/abracadabra kind of magic, but Disney’s kind of “happiest place on earth” magic and anything that gives you that warm feeling inside. Peter Pan is another childhood novel that does that for me. I’m always safe in the knowledge that the I can return to Neverland any time I please and be swept up in the magic of childhood adventure.
In terms of physical magic, Peter Pan is overflowing with all kinds of traditional characters used in make believe games of Barrie’s era, many of which are still relevant today. Pirates, mermaids, Indians and pixies all feature meaning all genders (and ages) have something they can enjoy.
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This week I am having a look back at the books from my childhood that have had a lasting effect on me. Here are 3 reasons there is a Matilda-shaped space in my heart.
3. We all need that kind of magic in our lives
No matter our name, race or class, the one thing that reaches out to us all on a universal scale is fiction and, as a part of that, literature. The mere fact that one medium can overcome so many factors which frequently divide us is magical, and no matter who we are, we can all be better off because of it.
Matilda gives us literal and figurative magic and it is a beautiful modern classic in every way. Nearly 30 years after it first hit our shelves (1988) this book is still as current as ever and is present on the bookshelves of many young children. Along with the popular film adaptation of 1996, you’d be hard pushed to find anybody who has not been touched by Matilda in one way or another.
In recent years the magic of Matilda has spread to London’s West End and across the pond to Broadway. Adapted into a musical that shows 8 times a week, Matilda has proved a popular stagey favourite as well as a hit in its previous formats. The score is moving, brilliant and totally apt for such a beautiful story.
Now reaching a range of audiences across the globe in various different ways, I will be forever thankful to Roald Dahl for gifting us this heart-warming tale of the importance of reading and the joy we can find within that.
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Have you heard of Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season? If not, why not? These brilliant books follow teen Paige Mahoney in the 2050s as she battles with life as a clairvoyant in the criminal underworld of London, where the world is under the rule of an intriguing organisation called Scion.
Here are my top 3 reasons to make this series a priority on your TBR (to be read) list.
3. It’s the start of a series
Although there are currently only 2 books published, Bloomsbury have picked this up as a 7 book deal with the 3rd due for release in March 2017. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that a new series you are just starting has longevity. The end of the road isn’t after the next book; you have a further 4 books to enjoy which could mean almost another decade of enjoyment!
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