Ten Interesting Facts About Books / Writers
1. One out of every eight letters you read is the letter ‘e’.
2. Children’s author Roald Dahl worked as a spy in America during the Second World War.
3. Leo Tolstoy’s book War and Peace is really an epic read, the first published edition consisted of 1,225 pages. Typewriters and printers had not yet been invented when the book was being written so Tolstoy’s wife copied the book seven times (by hand!).
4. The original title of Fahrenheit 451 was The Fireman.
5. Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird garnered the author a Pulitzer Prize and is considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century. It spent a significant time on the bestseller’s list after it was released in 1960. To date, it is the author’s only novel.
6. Fifty Shades of Grey is now the best-selling book of all time in Britain (this one is depressing!).
7. Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing up at her desk.
8. For the last twelve years of his life Casanova was a librarian.
9. The seven Harry Potter books are estimated to have sold 450 million between them.
10. According to a previously unseen letter, author Lewis Carroll despised fame so much he wished he had never written Alice in Wonderland – the book which made him a literary legend.