Who are the most romantic literary lovers of all time?

Feb 14 2021

You don’t need to be a book worm or a fan of romantic literature to know some of the most famous literary lovers of all time. My personal favourites are Francesca and Robert from The Bridges of Madison County that is a wonderful book by Robert James Waller beautifully adapted to the big screen by Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. I also love the couple from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (also a movie starring Ryan Gosling). Unsurprisingly, although the story may be a tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, who were created in the 16th century by William Shakespeare still embody the passion and true love we all wish to experience in our lifetimes. It was also great to see some more contemporary book lovers make the final list, such as life-long lovers Jack and Ennis from Brokeback Mountain as well as Anastasia and Christian from Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Book of the week: Mona Lisa in New York

Feb 03 2021

Mona Lisa is undoubtedly the most famous painting in the world and has rarely left Paris for safety and security reasons after the epic theft that happened in 1911. An new children’s book Mona Lisa in New York out in March follows Mona Lisa as a tourist who experiences New York for the first time – finding art and inspiration in unexpected places. As a big fan of this iconic painting by my fellow Italian Leonardo I find this book published by Prestel fascinating even as an adult. It’s charmingly written and illustrated by artist Yevgenia Nayberg, an immigrant to New York herself who shows young readers the city she has fallen in love with. Cleverly portraying da Vinci‚Äôs iconic subject as a world-weary, know-it-all, Nayberg takes readers on a tour of New York – eating pizza in the Bronx, listening to jazz in Harlem and swimming at Brighton Beach. 

Although we can’t travel at the moment, this delightful tale is the perfect way to take young readers on an imaginary journey, and encourage an appreciation of all kinds of art. A MUST-READ for children and parents alike. 

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Story connections between Peppa Pig, Winnie the Pooh, Pixar’s Soul & Beatrice and the London Bus

Dec 22 2020

00What do Peppa Pig, Winnie the Pooh, Pixar’s Soul & Beatrice and the London Bus have in common? Well, a lot actually.   

In 2015 I came across a fun, witty, humorous inspiring children’s book series set in London titled Beatrice and the London Bus (Volume one, two and three) written by Francesca Lombardo and published by Daily Fairy Tales, a little London-based, independent publisher.  I immediately fell in love with it and felt compelled to include the children’s book series in London Mums’ list of the top ten children’s books about London.  Beatrice is a contemporary Alice in Wonderland, who makes her dream of driving a London Bus, but not just any bus, the only talking London Bus in London that people with a special gift can hear talking, come true. As the two drive around the city every Sunday, he introduces her to a world of famous speaking buildings, London most famous landmarks, that all have their desire, secret wishes, and problems and Beatrice will resolve many of their problems but also will make some of their dreams come true!

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