14 Nov 2012


This is the world's smallest book - smaller than a pinhead but set to last more than a million years.

Boffins set the new world record with the scaled-down version of Malcolm Douglas Chaplin's Teeny Ted From Tulip Town.

The nano book - which has to be read using a microscope - measures a mere 0.07mm by 0.10mm. 

Valued at £10,000, it's kept in a tiny box in a bank vault. More

A 200 year old book illustrating 'freaks, swindlers, murderers, and eccentrics', such as an Irish Giant, a Hairy Girl and a Wild Boy (pictured right), has been discovered.

Entitled The New Wonderful Museum and Extraordinary Magazine, the book is a complete listing of all the ‘wonders, curiosities and rarities of nature’ known to man in 1808 in this Georgian-type freak show display, its pages filled with images and descriptions of a variety of society's outcasts. More

"The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath"

A children's book publisher has outraged the American literary community (and me) by editing the 18th century poem ''A Visit from St. Nicholas' - which is better known by its first line, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - by omitting any mention or image of Santa puffing on a smoking pipe.

Canadian publisher Pamela McColl changed the poem, which was written in 1823 by the late American professor Clement Clarke Moore, to 'save lives and avoid influencing new smokers,' she claimed on her website. 

McColl's version also clips the classic illustration of Santa holding a pipe between his teeth. The edited the poem is printed in a book that McColl published through her own publishing company.

The American Library Association has cried foul, saying the changes amount to 'an act of censorship that denies the audience access to the author's authentic voice.' More

Simon Callow is acclaimed as one of Britain's finest Shakespearean actors, but he's gone from Bard to barking by narrating the world's first bedtime story for dogs.

Called Teddy And Stanley's Tall Tale, the book has been scientifically developed to relax canines on and after Bonfire Night (5th November) by minimising the stress caused by fireworks. More

Books which portray ‘traditional’ images of mothers caring for their children or fathers going out to work could be barred from schools under proposals from Brussels.

An EU report claims that ‘gender stereotyping’ in schools influences the perception of the way boys and girls should behave and damages women’s career opportunities in the future.

Critics said the proposals for ‘study materials’ to be amended so that men and women are no longer depicted in their traditional roles would mean the withdrawal of children’s classics, such as Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, Paddington Bear or Peter Pan. More

Remember my mentioning Wearside Women In Need who planned to burn copies of 50 Shades Of Grey on Bonfire Night (5th November)? Well, more recently spokesperson Clare Phillipson had this to say .... 

"There were a range options.

"We discussed the book burning while getting the message across that this book is a dangerous trend.

"I think we've got a culture now which has completely sexualised women and in which women feel obligated to take part in that culture. We want to draw a line under that.

"We will be cutting them up, using them for toilet roll and sticking them on our compost heap and they will go back into the ground... although the ideas they represent will continue." More

Dennis Wilson, a World War Two veteran who wrote poetry during lulls in fighting on the front line has secured a publishing deal at the age of 91.

The then 22-year-old soldier wrote about the horror of war and the life-changing injuries he sustained during enemy action in Normandy. Ripping pages from his Field Service Pocket Book, he sent copies home to his mother in Southampton, Hampshire, so his work would survive if he died in battle.

Now Dennis has finally made it into print with his book, Elegy of a Common Soldier, after a researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London, read his collection of 125 poems. More

And finally .....

Who would have thought it .... a book I read and reviewed way back in May has become an e-book literary session.

Hilary Boyd's Thursdays In The Park (see my review HERE), the  romantic tale of a sixty something woman who meets the man of her dreams while looking after her grandchildren, has now topped the charts for four weeks, outselling noted thriller writer Ken Follett and Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James. More


A Lady's Life said...

I love story telling times
I used to love sitting listening to my teacher read books. In those days it was quite a treat.

fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

Another diverse and interesting selection of stories.

Personally, I think that no books should ever be destroyed or burned, that's sacrilege. Everyone has the choice whether to read a book or not and others should respect that choice and susequent decision. I have no interest whatsoever in reading the fifty shades trilogy, but I have plenty of friends who have devoured it avidly and I certainly don't think any the less of them for having done so!

I totally disagree with the stupid EU directive about gender stereotyping in classic books being removed from the bookshelves. Classics are exactly that and should be left just as they were written by their authors.

I also don't agree with the way many classics are being re-written to modernise them by changing the intrinsic storyline or modernising the genre. If an author can't come up with an idea of their own for an original storyline, then perhaps they are in the wrong job!!

Rant over! You certainly knew the right buttons to push today!!

Great post,


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I have to say that they need to leave the classics alone. I heard the one about him smoking and it never made me want to do it too. BTW, who has a microscope for reading? LOL

Suko said...

Wonderful, "bookish" post today! I cannot believe how tiny that book is; it's truly microscopic! Love the soothing sound of the bedtime story for dogs!! Thursdays in the Park sounds like an ebook I'd better not miss.

Kelly said...

The tiny book at the top is fascinating! (not that I'd want to try and read it)

...and puleeze! Editing out the part about Santa's pipe?? Ridiculous!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

wow...a tiny book? Intersting, but not something I'd really care to own. Would be cool to see in a museum or something, though.

Tracy said...

Wow I've never heard of a tiny book before - at least one that minuscule! Thanks for checking on me yesterday. I'm staying home sick today. They think I'm starting to develop migraines now. UGH!! Have a good day! :)

Claudine G. said...

I'm so glad Dennis's book has made it to print. :) And I'm curious about the book on freaks and outcasts. That would make a really interesting read. I'm not wild about edited classics either. Sometimes publishers worry too much about what children can or cannot take. I'm sure kids understand that while Santa smokes a pipe, it doesn't mean kids should. Last of all, how adorable ~ a bedtime story for dogs!

Dizzy C said...

I have Thursdays in the Park to read on my kindle :)

Will they have any books from our generation left if they ban the sterotypical books?


DMS said...

I can't imagine reading the world's smallest book- I don't think I would be able to see the words- even with a microscope. I don' think the book should be edited to get rid of the pipe. It was written a long time ago and I read it every year and have never smoked a pipe. Love the news- as always.

naida said...

Great post Tracy. I need to read Thursday's in the Park.

Jenners said...

I am most curious about books for dogs!

Mamakucingbooks said...

now they are planning to cut the book up instead? hmm...don't understand it. If they doesn't like it, then just boycott the book. The more action they take, the more the public would be tempted to read it.

Anyway, I feel that people are getting more calculative nowadays. What of if the daddy go to work and mummy stay home?

Yes, I don't like the old fairy tales being edited nowadays. Like The Red Riding Hood. The scene where the wolf gobble up the granny was edited out. Just doesn't have the same feel anymore