The Great Book Migration

Here at Through the Door Promotions, we all enjoy relaxing with a well-made cup of team and immersing ourselves with a good book. There is nothing better than entering another world and being introduced to an entire range of heroes, heroines and villains and being told their stories regardless of whether they are fact or fiction; realistic or unbelievable.

So that is why were extremely happy to hear that according to a poll of 2000 people, the average UK resident spends 7 hours and 54 minutes reading a book each week. Over 53% of the nation welcome a good book and read on a daily basis for at least an hour, and 7 out of ten people will have heard of an E-reader.

But what do you prefer, the convenience and efficiency of an E-reader or the feel, smell and representation of a book?

The same poll also revealed that the average UK bookworm will get through two and three quarter books each month. The most popular reasons for picking up a book are escaping the everyday stresses and problems of reality and to broaden ones knowledge. However, for some, reading books hide ulterior motives.

Over a third of people admit that they have hidden behind a book to check on someone they admire, avoid a conversation or simply sit back and indulge of a spot of subtle people watching.

This national joy of reading has prompted laser eye surgery specialist, Ultralase to launch the campaign, The Great Book Migration with the support of former athletic – and patient – Jonathan Edwards. The campaign will track 100 books, and their travels, across the UK. The titles will vary from classic horrors such as Dracula to modern day romances such as One Day. The titles can be found in a range of public places with ‘Read Me’ labels attached to their covers. Those who find one of the marked books will then be invited to join the migration and using social media and mobile technology such as QR codes will be able to let followers know where they found it. Let us know what you think about this!!

If you want to find out more information about The Great Book Migration please visit www.on.fb.me/JX5CR4

 

 

50 Shades of Grey

Well, Through the Door Promotions has decided to fall prey to temptation and indulge in the seedy and seductive book that is currently on every woman’s minds. Originally released as an e-book in June 2011, 50 Shades of Grey is the creation of E.L James, who is now wealthier than her character Christian Grey.

Told by the female protagonist, Anastasia Steele, who is an undergraduate of Washington State University? Anastasia meets Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman when she interviews him for a newspaper. The story (and the clothes) begins to unravel when Steele embarks on a dark and dangerous love affair with Grey. With no sexual experience, Steele boards a rollercoaster ride of sexual encounters, limitations and preferences. Grey is a demanding, moody and charming character with particular sexual tastes, which would make even the most sexual predator cringe. Anastasia is warned by her friends to stay away but the female character is too easily seduced (and unclothed) by her lover.

The three-part trilogy takes the reader on a journey through raw emotion with both the relationship and the reading extremely intense. The thin and blurred line between love and lust is a dominant theme and tension is sustained between the innocence and naivety of Anastasia and the domineering and addictive Grey. The more time she spends with him, the deeper she falls and the more she risks falling in love. And eventually she will come crashing down to earth (once the chains and shackles are released) when she realises her love is unrequited.

And with a huge sexual appetite to quench and chaos to cause, the characters do not lose their depth. The author weaves voice of reason within Anastasia’s subconscious as well as voice portraying her inner desire for Grey, which accurately reflects the array of emotions that any woman would experience in this situation. This allows women to relate to the character of Anastasia adding further standing to the novel.

The writing is as tasteful as the content will allow, though with some repetition and the constant references to Icarus flying too close to the sun. However, these may be purposeful to add to the metaphor.

Fifty Shades of Grey is causing a stir amongst women with the novel dominating the conversation at all opportunities. If you are expecting a love story such as Twilight, you are in for a shock.

Public House’s First Ever Liquid Book Club

This March 20th – will see Public House’s first ever liquid book club. You must be thinking .. liquid? What do you mean by liquid? Well…. we mean alcohol. Every month we shall meet, having read a book with alcohol related themes. We shall meet at Public House, situated in islington – and discuss the book and drink cocktails that are featured in the book.

For example, this month we are reading John Updike’s Couples:

Ten couples live in Tarbox, an out-of-the-way New England town. They form an exclusive group that feeds on petty rivalries, secrets, wordplay, entertaining, skiing, drinking and sex. Discreetly swapping partners, they conduct their rituals under the watchful eye of their self-appointed ringmaster, Freddy Thorne. but when Piet Hanema and Foxy Whitman have an affair, they reject expediency and caution, and for once the other unshockable couples are deeply shocked. Soon couples at play will become couples at war…..

If you are interested in coming a long – please contact us via a post or call us on 02034273665 or email georgia@throughthedoorpromotions.com