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6 August 2019 Back from the dead: Usborne's World of the Unknown Ghosts

Back from the dead: Usborne's World of the Unknown Ghosts

Not many books published in 1977 become an overnight hit in 2019, but that’s what happened to Usborne’s The World of the Unknown: Ghosts. Out of print for around 20 years, it is now back by (very) popular demand, and will publish again in October 2019 with a foreword from BAFTA-winning writer, comedian and actor Reece Shearsmith – one of the key figures behind this story.

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29 May 2019 Why the Moon changes shape

Why the Moon changes shape

For the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, we published The Usborne Book of the Moon – a celebration of the beauty and mystery of the Moon, as well as the Space Race and stories from around the world.  

Author Laura Cowan reveals one of her favourite stories from Hindu mythology about how the Moon got its shape.

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14 March 2019 Money advice for young people

Money advice for young people

Managing Your Money authors Jane Bingham and Holly Bathie explain why it was important to write a friendly, accessible guide to money for young people.

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4 January 2019 The story of Josh, our researcher for Look Inside a Hospital

The story of Josh, our researcher for Look Inside a Hospital

For the new Usborne lift-the-flap book Look Inside a Hospital, author Katie Daynes enlisted the help of 5-year-old Josh Hammond – a very brave leukaemia patient. Katie and Josh's mum Katie explain how he eagerly took on the research role.

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16 October 2018 Tips on applying for an editorial job at Usborne

Tips on applying for an editorial job at Usborne

Managing Editor Mairi Mackinnon offers an inside view of Usborne’s recruitment process for new writers and editors, with some helpful tips for candidates.

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31 August 2018 What we learned from the Usborne Academy week

What we learned from the Usborne Academy week

This August, we held our first Usborne Academy week, an opportunity for people currently under-represented in publishing to spend a week at Usborne. 

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31 May 2018 Why I wrote All about Families

Why I wrote All about Families

Felicity Brooks, author of All about Families, explains why it is important to showcase families in all their shapes and sizes.

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27 April 2018 Why manners are so important today

Why manners are so important today

James Maclaine, author of Miss Molly's School of Manners, explains why he felt it was so important to write a book about why manners matter.

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26 February 2018 How to write a history of the world – in 160 pages

How to write a history of the world – in 160 pages

Ruth Brocklehurst, co-author of A Short History of the World, reveals how they condensed such an enormous subject – and why advice from an expert was invaluable.

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13 February 2018 Democracy, elections, voting – how to explain politics to children?

Democracy, elections, voting – how to explain politics to children?

Authors Alex Frith, Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell discuss writing Politics for Beginners – and why the book is important.

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