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World Book Night: One in three reading more during lockdown

World Book Night: One in three reading more during lockdown

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Media playback is unsupported on your device People in the UK are turning to books to help them through lockdown, according to a new survey by The Reading Agency.The figures, released on Thursday to mark World Book Night, suggest 31% of people are reading more since lockdown restrictions were imposed in the UK.Most are reading fiction, with classics and crime novels proving popular.Almost half (45%) of the young people - aged 18-24 - asked said they were reading more than they had been before.And many of the 2,103 people surveyed cited reading as a form of release, escapism or distraction during these troubled times, and that having more time was the key to reading more. Notably, the ...
Lupita, Reese and Jake among stars reading bedtime stories to kids in isolation

Lupita, Reese and Jake among stars reading bedtime stories to kids in isolation

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As schools and nurseries around the world shut down due to coronavirus, two Hollywood actresses are doing their bit to help children in need.Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have created Save With Stories, a US charity that not only entertains kids by reading them books, but also raises money to make sure vulnerable children are getting enough food while they're out of school due to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Image: Jake Gyllenhaal gets to grips with an uplifting mystery about a balloon In partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, they've gathered together a whole host of celebrities to tell stories on Facebook and Instagram.Here's our favourite seven celebrity bedtime stories.Jake Gyllenhaal ...
Books 2020: What you could be reading

Books 2020: What you could be reading

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It may be the era of the box-set binge, but many of us are still finding time to enjoy books. In the UK alone, sales of adult fiction, non-fiction and children's print books have remained healthy over the past 12 months. Before the Christmas boost, they were up 1% to 191.5 million copies sold, according to market analysis firm Nielsen.Meanwhile, Nielsen predicts a sales increase of audiobooks of 15% to nine million recordings. Ebooks, however, are estimated to be down 10%.To whet your appetite for the books out in 2020, we've picked a selection of adult titles in different genres. Hopefully you'll find something to enjoy. Fiction by established best-sellers Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell ...
Championship results: Leeds and Swansea go top of the table, West Brom strike late against Reading and Jack Butland howlers cost Stoke City

Championship results: Leeds and Swansea go top of the table, West Brom strike late against Reading and Jack Butland howlers cost Stoke City

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It was another frantic night of action in the SkyBet Championship, with Leeds United and Swansea City moving to joint-top of the table after respective wins. Here’s how the action played out from England’s second-tier. Getty Images - Getty James McClean had a typically eventful evening for Stoke City at Deepdale Leeds United 1-0 Brentford Getty Images - Getty Eddie Nketiah is already a huge fan favourite at Elland Road Eddie Nketiah made a name for himself at Elland Road by coming off the bench and netting a late winner as Leeds returned to the top of the Championship with a 1-0 victory over Brentford. With former Arsenal striker Ian Wright watching on from the stands, the Gunners loanee was sent on for his Cha
FCA issues £45.5m fine over HBOS Reading fraud scandal

FCA issues £45.5m fine over HBOS Reading fraud scandal

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter Bank of Scotland (BoS) has been fined £45.5m by the City regulator for failures to disclose suspicions of fraud at its scandal-hit Reading branch.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said the bank first identified suspicious conduct in the Impaired Asset Team (IAT), based in the Berkshire town, in early 2007. It said that it was not until July 2009 that regulators were provided with full disclosure.Six people were jailed in 2017 in connection with the fraud, including two former HBOS managers. Image: Former Deal or No Deal TV host Edmonds allegedly fell victim to the fraud by former staff at HBOS Reading The £245m scam saw bank manager Lynden Scourfield approve