SUSIE Dent is a familiar face on daytime TV as part of the Countdown team. The Surrey-born brain box can be found explaining the meaning of words and giving viewers knowledge about the English language that they may not otherwise find out. But what else do we know about the long-serving Channel 4 celebrity? We've got the lowdown... Who is Susie Dent? Susie Dent was born in Woking, Surrey, in 1964, making her 53. She attended convent school in Ascot before heading to Somerville College, Oxford where she studied modern languages. After graduating from Oxford she did a masters in German at Princeton University in the States. She joined Countdown in 1992 alongside Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman. She is the longest-serving member on the panel. Susie also appears on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and presented a web series, Susie Dent’s Guide To Swearing for Channel 4. Who is Susie Dent’s husband, Paul Atkins? Susie lives in Oxford with husband Paul. He’s a primary … [Read more...] about How old is Susie Dent, who is the Countdown lexicographer’s husband Paul Atkins and how many books has she written?
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0 Have your say A boy called Hero battling to save the planet, a youngster fighting to uncover the truth about his dad, a kitchen boy caught up in black magic and a daring boy time-travelling on the high seas are just some of the stars of a sparkling new selection of children’s books. Age 8 plus:My Dad, the Earth Warrior by Gary HaqCan one boy and his batty Dad save the Earth?Gary Haq, a human ecologist who has spent over twenty years supporting the development and implementation of environmental policy in in Africa, Asia and Europe, is on a mission to save our planet and his delightfully inventive debut children’s book is guaranteed to inspire a new generation of eco-warriors.This sparkling, green-coloured adventure – with a big heart and a big message – is brimming with laughter, love and crazy mishaps as a boy called Hero and his dad are forced to reassess their troubled relationship and set out on a joint mission to save Mother Earth from the … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Boys on a mission take centre stage for Father’s Day
0 Have your say Discover some of the world’s most extraordinary words, enjoy a thrilling wartime adventure, meet a girl who dreams of making dresses, and discover the giant rabbit who lives in the Moon in a sparkling selection of new springtime children’s books. Age 9 plus:What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa UribeYoungsters will be having the last word – and the last laugh – with this entertaining and beautifully illustrated book which celebrates the magic of language.Written by Nicola Edwards and illustrated by Luisa Uribe, What a Wonderful Word features a glorious collection of untranslatable words from around the world… all guaranteed to bamboozle (and impress!) your family and friends.The perfect gift for word lovers of any age, it has been created by 360 Degrees, a non-fiction imprint of the Little Tiger Group which offers a stimulating and creative approach to presenting facts and aims to create accessible and unique … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Wizard words, wartime adventure and a moon rabbit
War hero Humphrey Phillips has become one of the UK’s oldest published authors at the age of 97. Mr Phillips, who served as a flight lieutenant with the RAF in the Second World War, began writing his war memoirs following the death of his wife, Iris, in 2003, after doctors said it would help him to deal with his grief. A Thousand and One documents his aerial battles – including the time enemy fire riddled his Lancaster bomber, nearly killing the plane’s gunner, and forcing an emergency landing on home soil – and his award of the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for bravery. Read more Queen calls RAF ‘shining example of inspiration’ as it reaches 100 And now, after more than a decade of work, the story has finally been published. To celebrate, fellow residents at Mr Phillips’ north London care home held a book launch at which he signed copies for friends and … [Read more...] about 97-year-old war hero becomes one of UK’s oldest published authors
'We Are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives' is not Malala's first book 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: INDEPENDENT This autumn, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is coming out with a new book. We Are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives gathers “the personal stories of some of the incredible girls [Yousafzai] has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and where refugee girls have settled with their families,” according to a Monday press release from Little, Brown and Company, reported Bustle. Regarding We Are Displaced, Malala stated, “What tends to get lost in the current refugee crisis is the humanity behind the statistics… We hear about millions of refugees, hundreds of migrants trapped on a boat or in a truck but it’s only when a truly shocking image appears in the news that people consider what’s really going on.” PHOTO: TWITTER She continued, “I know what … [Read more...] about Malala Yousafzai to release book based on refugees’ real lives