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      It's Christmas in July! The winner of the July Supporter giveaway will receive this beautiful Barnes & Noble edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as well as a special Charles Dickens tea by  theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   I've been keeping this book a secret for so long (I couldn't wait until Christmas!) It's actually from a really lovely independent bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, the town of books. I'm so glad I finally get to show you! The picture doesn't even do it justice. A nice feature that you can't see in this image - the page edges are gold and (an extra surprise for the winner) the back is just as beautiful as the front! We also now have twice as much tea as previous giveaways!  (Thank you Literary Tea Company!)   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month. If you want to enter this giveaway but you aren't a supporter, you can join in here https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   Good luck  
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Sad to hear that Anita Shreve passed away just before Easter, and also Steven Bochco, who wrote two of my all time favourite US cop shows - Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue - also passed away the other day.

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"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away today at the age of 76. One of the greatest (if not the greatest) singers of all time.

May she RIP.

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I loved everything about Aretha and her music and she will be very sadly missed. There really was never a voice quite like it. 

 

Everyone has their own personal favourite song of hers, but mine will always be Angel. It just gives me goose bumps.   

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Albert Finney last week, and also author Rosamund Pilcher, who was the grand age of 94 and of course is best know for the Shell Seekers.

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I didn't know about Rosamund Pilcher. May she and also Albert Finney rest in peace :(.

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Just read that Andrea Levy passed away today. She wrote Small Island and The Long Song among others. Really saddened to hear this because I enjoyed her books so much. :(

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Sad to report several recent demises:

 

Mark Hollis (singer with 80s bank Talk Talk), last week

Keith Flint (singer with the Prodigy) - yesterday

Luke Perry - Beverly Hills 90210, he was only 52, very tragic, as are the others.

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It's so sad several celebreties passed away recently :(. May they rest in peace :(.

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Vonda N. McIntyre

 

Cut my reading teeth on her Star Trek novelisations, and also read a rather lack-lustre Star Wars book she wrote, but I have never read any of her original writings. 

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Sad that Peter Mayhew, who was Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films (and part of The Force Awakens), passed away on Friday, the day before Star Wars Day.

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I heard about that too, it's sad :(. May he rest in peace.

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