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An Abundance of Anniversaries

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year, as you may have heard, is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth! We love her work here at the Golden Hare and our copies of Polygon’s beautiful editions have been selling like hotcakes. At the beginning of April we had a wonderful event with Alan Taylor, Candia McWilliam and Rosemary Goring to discuss Spark’s life and our window is all Sparked up this month.

While we love Muriel, we won’t pretend to be as well-versed in her life as the wonderful experts we had at our event. So, instead of trying to impress you with Spark facts from Google, we thought we would introduce you to some of the other literary anniversaries being celebrated in 2018.

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The bicentennial of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

On a rainy day in Geneva, Lord Byron tasked himself and the two friends he was staying with to come up with a gothic horror story. Only one of them would finish their story, and the completed piece would go on to define the gothic horror genre and become one of the most iconic pieces of literature of all time. Mary Shelley was just 21.

To this day, there is constant conversation and controversy over this short novel. Most recently, there was an article in a certain British tabloid bemoaning the “snowflakes” who believe that Frankenstein’s monster is the victim of the story and think he would be protected by human rights laws today. Obviously, whoever wrote this article has never been within fifty feet of a copy of Shelley’s masterpiece – if they had, they would have felt the empathy with which she wrote the monster, and they would have understood how much pain this poor creature was put through in order to let Frankenstein play God.

200 years later and we are still talking about this novel like it was published yesterday – that’s the best definition of a classic I’ve ever heard. Celebrate its 200th birthday with the lovely Everyman edition we’ve got in stock. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8726″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8727″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The seventy-fifth anniversary of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We love children’s books here at the Golden Hare – so much so that we’ve been nominated for Children’s Bookseller of the Year at the British Book Awards! Anyone who’s had a peek at our kids’ section recently will know that the volume and diversity of titles for young readers these days is tremendous, and there are so many amazing smaller publishers making their voices heard in this scene (we’re looking at you, Gecko Press!).

This being said, there really is nothing like strolling into a bookshop and finding a beautiful edition of a book you loved growing up. On the 75th anniversary of its publication there is an abundance of new licensed merchandise online and lots of new editions of the book are being printed. Rightly so, I say! This novel is a beautiful celebration of storytelling and has enchanted so many since it was first written. We’ve got lots of copies in the shop, come and pick yours up before it’s gone![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The twenty-fifth anniversary of The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Young Adult dystopian/utopian fiction genre is something that has expanded immeasurably in the last decade, with series such as The Hunger Games and Divergent dominating the Y/A shelves. Obviously the influences on these novels are boundless (Shirley Jackson’s short stories, George Orwell, even Mary Shelley) but the novel that arguably started this modern trend and brought Young Adult fiction into the mainstream is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

This novel is a lesson on how to create a dystopian world. Lowry’s prose is at once whimsical and pragmatic, her characters subtle and engaging, her universe hideous and conceivable. It’s a crying shame that more people haven’t read this novel, and an even greater shame that there isn’t more being done to mark its anniversary. 

Well, consider this us marking it! Join us in celebrating Lowry’s original story and maybe have a browse of our Y/A section in the shop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8728″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7464″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

– Daisy