Great Book On The Romantic Poets – The Anxiety Of Influence

Title: The Anxiety Of Influence: A Theory of Poetry  (5 stars from me)

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1997 (2nd Edition)

ISBN (10) : 0195112210

ISBN (13) : 978-0195112214



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20 best audiobooks of all time

Title: 20 best audio books of all time

Author: Carole Mansur, The Telegraph

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The Internet, Online, 20/01/2017

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Following the announcement that sales have doubled in the past five years, Carole Mansur picks the 20 best audiobooks of all time:

1 A Delicate Truth written and read by John le Carré
(10 hrs 30 mins, Penguin/Audible download £13.10)
Le Carré’s 23rd novel, a post-Iraq inquest into the privatisation of war, seals his reputation as a consummate reader of his own work, even into his 80s.

2 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
read by Ben Tibber
(6 hrs 3 mins, Random House/Audible download £15.20)
Peripheral sounds – thuds on the stairs, the roar of a Tube train – suggest the sensitivity to noise of the 15-year-old narrator with Asperger’s. Precursor of the acclaimed play.

3 Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling
read by Martin Jarvis
(4 hrs 59 mins, CSA/Audible download £9.60)
The doyen of audiobook readers reveals the arch imperialist to be a sly and subtle observer of the British caste system in India. You can almost hear the tinkle of teacups.

4 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
read by William Roberts
(18 hrs, Audible download £18.35)
In his journey around the universe, or the story of “how nothing became something”, Bryson is a lucid guide and creator of mostly good jokes.

5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
read by Stephen Fry
(20 hrs 55 mins, Pottermore download £32.99)
Fry deserves a long-service award for narrating the seven-volume series of wizardry. In this, the fourth, he skewers Rita Skeeter, the journalist with a Quick Quotes quill.

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Great Book On Poetry

Title: Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform The World

Author: Jane Hirshfield

ISBN 10: 0385351054

ISBN 13: 978-0385351058

Publisher:Knopf (2015)

A must read for poetry loves ❤

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How to Lose Weight While Eating More Food

Title:How to Lose Weight While Eating More Food ; 7 ways to cut calories without feeling deprived.

Author: Kathleen M.Zelman

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The Internet, Online, 17/01/2017

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One of the most common pitfalls to weight loss is an all-or-nothing approach aimed at dropping pounds in a hurry. When you start an unrealistic diet plan, you quickly learn that such diets lead to nagging hunger and cravings for forbidden foods. After a few weeks of this, most people return to their old eating habits, complaining that “diets don’t work.” But what if you could actually lose weight by eating more food — simply by making a few changes to your everyday food choices?

The truth is that smart weight loss is not about starving yourself or restricting yourself to a few foods. It’s about consistently making better food choices, and slowly changing bad eating and exercise habits into more healthful ones.

Here are seven choices that will help you lose weight while eating more food — and will satisfy your taste buds at the same time:

  • Whole-grain foods such as whole wheat, brown rice, whole-grain breads, cereals, and waffles are a much better choice than refined white foods because they’re generally higher in fiber, more nutritious, and more filling. Eat 3 cups of air-popped popcorn instead of 1 ounce of potato chips (about 15 chips) and you’ll cut 65 calories and get a lot more food to crunch. Instead of having one refined-flour pancake with butter and syrup, you can enjoy two whole-wheat buttermilk pancakes topped with mixed berries for the same 270 calories.
  • Foods high in water are naturally low in calories because of their fluid content. Fruits, vegetables, soups, gelatins, and hot cereal are 80%-95% water, while foods like yogurt, puddings, eggs, pasta, beans, and seafood are 60%-75% water. Eating 1 3/4 cup of grapes takes longer and is much more satisfying than eating 1/4 cup of raisins, although both portions have 110 calories. A cup of minestrone soup (125 calories) and a tossed salad with light dressing (100 calories) is a satisfying lunch for 225 calories. Compare that to a chicken salad croissant weighing in at 550 calories, or a 6-inch tuna sub at 530 calories.
  • Lower-fat foods can really add up to calorie savings because fat has more than twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates. And when you take out some — but not necessarily all — of the fat, foods still taste great……..
  • Treats that satisfy your sweet tooth don’t have to bust the calorie bank. Sorbet, fat-free frozen yogurt, light or slow-churned ice creams, simple cookies, and fruit-based desserts have a fraction of the calories of super-premium ice cream, rich cookies and other decadent desserts…….
  • Fast food is considered a sure route to weight gain because many of our favorites are over-the-top in fat and calories (as well as sodium). Enjoying an occasional burger and fries won’t do in your diet, but many people frequent fast-food outlets regularly….
  • Muffins, scones, doughnuts, and bagels can be deceptively high in calories. A cinnamon chip scone (490 calories), large bran muffin (370 calories), bagel with cream cheese (500 calories), or doughnut (250 calories) go down fast …………..
  • Dips and spreads can do serious damage. They can be addictive, and when you add in the calories from the chips or other dippers, they add up quickly………………

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The Elements Of Style

A Must Read For Writers

Title: The Elements Of Style

Author: William E.Strunk & E.B. White

Publisher: Pearson, 4th Edition, 1999

ISBN 10: 020530902X

ISBN 13 : 978-0205309023



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Nine Gates: Entering The Mind Of Poets

Recommended Reading For Poets –  5 stars

Title: Nine Gates: Entering The Mind Of Poets

Author: Jane Hirshfield

Paperback: 228 pages

Publisher: Harper Perennial (August 26, 1998)

ISBN-10: 0060929480

ISBN-13: 978-0060929480


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editMinion – Robotic Copy Editor

Writers Check This Out – Free Online Copy Editor

EditMinion is a robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. To get started, paste a chapter of writing into the box . It does not track your work! It provides an editing box to cut and paste and make changes to your writing. Mistakes are highlighted and provides a list of items: adverbs, weak words, passive voice, said, ending with prepositions, cliches and homonyms are listed. It also offers suggestions on alternative words to use. It is a great free service.

Title: editMinon

Author: Dr.Wicked

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Welcome! EditMinion is a robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. To get started, paste a chapter of writing into the box below and click Edit! Don’t paste too much or the script will stop responding.

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