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20 January

Book of the day

caterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
(UK: Puffin, 2002; USA: Puffin, 2002)

The classic edition of the bestselling story written for the very young.

A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food.

Recommended by:
Nick Hardcastle, Actor, Singer, Entertainer and Emcee, Nick Hardcastle profile

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine, or via Amazon (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

Nick Hardcastle is a talented entertainer and media personality with experience in stage, screen, radio, music and television. Currently based in LA, Nick enjoyed success firstly in his native Australia, and then around the world.

He is the creator, producer and host of an Australian talent showcase series in the UK called ‘Sunday in the Apartment‘ and in LA called ‘Sunday in Hollywood‘. Now in it’s 6th year, it showcases the most exciting established and emerging Australian talent around the world and is supported by Australian Business and the Australian High Commission.

Nick engages in charity and social enterprises around the world, as an ambassador and spokesperson for a number of organisations including BraveheartsVariety, the Children’s Charity, MEND and Unicef.

A list of Nick’s credits can be found at IMDb and on his profile page with his talent agency, Jason Williamson Management, based in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Contact Jason Williamson with opportunities for Nick to consider.


Nick, with Lisa Gray (photo credit: Sonia Diwan)

Facts of the day

20 January

1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes the first woman to testify before US Congress. The National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) was subsequently founded in May, 1869 by Susan B Anthony and Stanton, who served as its president for 21 years.

The NWSA opposed passage of the Fifteenth Amendment of the US Constitution without changes to include female suffrage and, under Stanton’s influence in particular, championed women’s issues that were deemed too radical by more conservative members of the suffrage movement.

New Year

New Year traditions are meant verbally to bring good luck. For instance, eating black-eyed peas on 1 January is believed to bring good fortune in several parts of the USA.


John Grisham was working in the Mississippi House of Representatives when his first attempt at a novel was rejected 28 times before someone finally decided to publish it.

Writers birthdays

1654 Michiel de Swaen (The Netherlands)
1664 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina (Italy)
1716 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (France)
1806 Nathaniel Parker Willis (USA)
1866 Richard Le Gallienne (UK)
1873 Johannes V Jensen (Denmark)
1884 A Merritt (USA)
1896 Elmer Diktonius (Finland)
1910 Abram Hill (USA)
1915 C W Ceram (Germany)
1920 Thorleif Schjelderup (Norway)
1921 Bernt Engelmann (Germany)
1925 Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua)
1925 Eugen Gomringer (Bolivia)
1925 Jamiluddin Aali (Pakistan)
1927 Qurratulain Hyder (India)
1931 Sawako Ariyoshi (Japan)
1948 Nancy Kress (USA)
1950 Edward Hirsch (USA)
1964 Kazushige Nojima (Japan)

Jokes of the day

‘My girlfriend and I often laugh about how competitive we are; but I laugh more.’

Cartoon: Duncan, Writing a memoirPunch

Quote of the day

Carlos Ruis Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind: ‘A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.’