Towels, Fairytales, Boyhood: Bibliotherapy Zine #15

Another set of book recommendations, along with related goodies handpicked from the internet.


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[I] TOWEL DAY SPECIAL:- CELEBRATING DOUGLAS NOEL ADAMS (1953-2001)

“Towel Day is celebrated on 25th May every year since 2001 as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author.”

Unfortunately, the planned Bibliotherapy Read-a-thon to mark this year's Towel Day had to be cancelled, but here's a glimpse at the infinite wisdom Douglas left for humanity.

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Personal favourite...

Opening lines of the greatest book in the galaxy...

Click below to read /reread /re-reread (and so forth) the first fifteen chapters as a Kindle preview...

[MUST-LISTEN] Peppered with snippets from the original radio show, this aural feast is the only podcast I could find on Spotify starring Douglas Adams himself...

Travel back to 2015 London and treat yourself to the hoopy Neil Gaiman talking about Immortality and Douglas Adams for over 90 minutes...

Neil arrives at the 17th minute mark

Also, a bit of rare feel-good news from May 2021- The arrival of the Illustrated H2G2 edition by Chris Riddell. Watch him and Mr Gaiman in conversation on Forbidden Planet TV this Towel Day...

For links to 42+ more such bits of froodiness, including the final public appearance by Douglas Adams, check out...


[II] NEIL GAIMAN:- 'STARDUST' (1997)

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Post-reading treat - Watch the movie adaptation on Netflix here.


[III] SIDDHARTHA VAIDYANATHAN:- 'WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU, KARTHIK?' (2020)

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Read an excerpt from Siddhartha's debut novel below...

Also, for your reading pleasure... two of the many gems from his illustrious career as a cricket writer...

1. From December 2012 - a long time ago...

  1. From January 2021 - a long, long, looooooooooong time ago...

Also, highly recommended for cricket fans, Siddhartha's podcast named after one of the more tragic losses faced by Team India back in 1997. This episode, however, is about...


ADD TO LIBRARY

[I] TOWEL DAY SPECIAL
a. Douglas Adams:- 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Complete Trilogy in Five' (1979-92)
B. DOUGLAS adams & chris riddell:- 'the illustrated h2g2 book one' (2021)
c. Jem Roberts:- 'The Frood: the Authorized and Very Official History of douglas adams and h2g2' (2014)
d. neil gaiman:- 'don't panic: the h2g2 companion' (1988) [read for free on kindle unlimited]
[II] NEIL GAIMAN:- 'STARDUST' (1997)
[III] SIDDHARTHA VAIDYANATHAN:- 'WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU, KARTHIK?' (2020)

See you soon with the next edition of the Zine... Stay safe, stay sane!


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