2017’s World Book Day was on Thursday 2nd March, where children and teachers brought some of their favourite characters to life. However, any day is a good day to celebrate literature and the power of the written word. So here are some of the best discounts that you can get right now.
While it’s now better known as the Second Generation Harry Potter film franchise, Fantastic Beasts… started life as a one-off mini book released for Comic Relief in 2001. This new edition is an expanded version of the original “textbook” written by Newt Scamander himself.
The Harry Potter books made J.K. Rowling one of the most famous modern authors and spawned a hugely successful film franchise, theme parks, and an entire fandom. As of May 2013 the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, and been translated in 73 languages. If you are a first time reader or a Harry Potter expert, this collection brings together all seven books in a collectible box set.
It’s hard to imagine a world without streaming music but it’s only been 17 years since Metallica sued Napster and the world turned its collective attention to the infamous MP3. Stephen Witt’s book tells the story of how the MP3 and digital piracy shaped the modern music industry.
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell [13% Off]
Written during the post-war period and released in 1949, George Orwell’s dystopian novel tells the tale of a future where Big Brother controls the superstate of Oceania. The book has become one of the cornerstones of popular culture, spawning a film of the same name (starring the late John Hurt), as well as introducing the terms Big Brother, thoughtcrime, Room 101, and thoughtcrime into the popular consciousness.
Carla Valentine is a pathologist and technical curator of Barts Pathology Museum in London. In her debut book, she tells the story of her decision to go into pathology, takes us along her decade long journey in training, and delves into cultural attitudes towards the body and death.
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi [57% Off]
I’ll let the official book description take this one;
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.”
Most of us would acknowledge that we probably have a bit too much stuff. In one of the most popular books on the subject of tidying, Marie Kondo introduces the KonMari Method to keeping your home clear and clutter-free.
This illustrated celebration of some of the most trailblazing women in science profiles some of the well-known figures like Marie Curie alongside the lesser-known like Katherine Johnson. In paying tribute to some of the achievements and successes of women in the STEM field, author Rachel Ignotofsky hopes to inspire a new generation of women.
Philip K. Dick’s seminal science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco. Dick uses the novel to explore what it is to be human, and whether androids/robots can express empathy. The book formed the basis of the cult movie Blade Runner featuring Harrison Ford.