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World Book Day returns in March, but books are something North London does very well 365 days of the year.

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Arguably a footballing legend. Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

David Beckham book signing: Hundreds queue for one-off event in Piccadilly

Its sales may pale in comparison with those of his former manager’s recent tome, but a one-off signing event in Piccadilly today drew crowds clutching copies of David Beckham’s new book.

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David Beckham book signing in Piccadilly today

Footballer David Beckham is to hold the only public book signing for his book, David Beckham, today.

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Morrissey has only signed a single copy of his 2013 autobiography. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Morrisey’s only signed autobiography goes up for sale in aid of PETA

Morrissey has only signed a single hardback copy of his autobiography, and today it is going up for auction to raise money for PETA.

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The Nobel prize-winning author Doris Lessing, pictured attending the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize For Non-Fiction award ceremony at the Southbank Centre in 2008. Picture: Rosie Greenway/Getty Images

Doris Lessing dies age 94

Nobel Prize-winning author and author of The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing, has died at her home in London aged 94.

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Malala Yousafazai gave a talk at the  Southbank Centre to launch her memoir I Am Malala.  Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Malala says swap guns for pens in fight for education at London speech

Campaigner and schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has said conflict-ridden countries should swap guns for pens and fight only about educating their children.

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Helen Fielding, author of the Bridget Jones' series of books. Picture: Freud/PA Wire

Newest Bridget Jones book released

Fans of Bridget Jones can today get their latest update on the life of the world’s most famous singleton.

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Holiday-goers prefer books to eReaders, finds Heathrow

Almost three quarters of people prefer to take physical books rather than eReaders on holiday, a survey by Heathrow Airport has found.

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Book review: Grimm Tales for Young and Old told by Philip Pullman

We all know the stories of Cinderella and Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, but how many of us have read the original versions of them? Or at least, the versions recorded by the Brothers Grimm in one of their editions of Children’s and Household Tales?

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A biography of Margaret Thatcher has topped the list of MPs' summer reads. File picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher biography tops list of MPs’ summer reads

A biography about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has topped a list of summer reading by Tory MPs.

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The third annual Bookstock festival takes place in Shoreditch on August 25. Picture: Gabriel Green

Little bit of the seaside brought to Shoreditch for Bookstockstreet festival

The third annual Bookstockstreet festival is back in east London this August bank holiday Sunday, and it’s gone nautical.

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Artist and film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey, said its author. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct 50 Shades of Grey film

Artist and film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson has signed up to direct the movie version of literary phenomenon Fifty Shades Of Grey.

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Winning author AM Homes at the London awards ceremony last night. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Hilary Mantel misses out on awards treble at London ceremony

The author of Bring Up The Bodies was denied an historic treble of book awards last night as US novelist AM Homes picked up this year’s £30,000 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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Malorie Blackman is the new Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2013 to 2015. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Malorie Blackman will fight library closures as Children’s Laureate

The new Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman said she will use her position to champion public libraries and campaign against ‘short-sighted’ closures.

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Sebastian Faulks in discussion with Mariella Frostrup at Woolwich Centre

Birdsong author Sebastian Faulks will celebrate the official opening of The Woolwich Centre tonight.

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Bird Box, the debut novel penned by Josh Malerman, frontman of Detroit based rock band The High Strung

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London24 has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a free Amazon Kindle taster of Bird Box, the debut novel penned by Josh Malerman, frontman of Detroit based rock band The High Strung.

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