Good Reading : November 2016
TopUKfi l m In a recent survey, 2000 moviegoers were asked to nominate their favourite book- to-film adaptation. No surprise to hear that J K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ came in at number one on the list. Number two was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens followed by Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. ‘TheLordoftheRings’byJRR Tolkien, and the ‘James Bond’ series by Ian Fleming rounded out the top five. ‘Ninety?’ said Winnie-the-Pooh. ‘Is that more than seven?’ ‘Yes, Pooh,’ said Kanga patiently. ‘You’re 90 years old, which calls for a celebration.’ As being 90 years old was a Very Great Thing. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh, an official sequel, The Best Bear in All the World, has been published. You can follow Pooh and his friends through the Hundred Acre Wood as they encounter mythical creatures, mysterious new friends and foes, and a peculiar type of sauce. The library that is widely considered to be the world’s oldest, Khizanat al-Qarawiyyin, has finally been restored to its former glory. Situated in the ancient city of Fez, Morocco, the library was founded in the ninth century by Fatima al-Fihri, the daughter of a wealthy merchant from Tunisia. The library expanded into a complex that included the oldest higher education institution in the world, the University of al-Qarawiyyin. The library, which stands behind a wrought-iron door secured with four ancient locks, holds precious treasures such as a ninth-century copy of the Koran, written in ornate Kufic script (a form of Arabic calligraphy) on camel skin. The book was considered so precious that four different people would each hold a key to one of the four locks. Some of the library’s manuscripts are so fragile that they are wrapped up to prevent them disintegrating in the reader’s hands. GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2016 10 World’s oldest library BOOK TRIVIA Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack is an annual 1500- page tome of statistics. But the first edition was only 112 pages and included an account of the trial of King Charles I, the rules of the game of quoits and the length of Britain’s canals. What’s hot The nonagenarian bear A Long Innings The new hype is Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’). It’s why Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world!
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