Story Has it – now on Substack

We love running the popular @storyhasit instagram account – and one of the best parts has been connecting with like-minded people who love a good backstory as much as we do.

So we decided it was time to go a little deeper…

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‘Story behind the Story’ at Kinokuniya

This month, Kinokuniya bookstore asked us to curate a collection of some of our favourite ‘books with a backstory’. Let us loose in a bookshop? Yes, please!

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Interview with Women’s Prize author

We were lucky enough to chat to journalist and author, Lisa Allen-Agostini. Here she shares some insights into the backstory of her powerful book that was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize For Fiction.

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The Female Voice Behind E.T.

We tend to think of E.T. as belonging to Steven Spielberg. After all, he directed the film, and the idea began with him on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But, there’s more to the story. The science-fiction fable that cemented Spielberg’s status as a leading director was written by a woman called […]

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Is This The Male Mona Lisa?

Do you know the story behind the most expensive painting ever sold in the history of the art world? The ‘Salvator Mundi’ is a depiction of Christ that sold at Christies in 2017 for $450 million, following years of intense scrutiny about whether or not it was a lost work of Leonardo da Vinci. A […]

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The Godfather of Graphic Design

Who was the puppet-master behind ‘The Godfather’ book cover? Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel sold over nine million copies, breaking records in the three years before the film’s release; it has since become one of the best-selling books of all time.   The cover artwork, designed by legendary graphic artist S. ‘Neil’ Fujita, is as iconic as the […]

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From Page to Screen: Passing

It has taken nearly 100 years for the novel Passing by Nella Larsen (1929) to make its way to our screens, and for the term to start to find its way back into our broader cultural awareness and lexicon. The two female creative forces behind Passing, author Nella Larsen and director Rebecca Hall, have more in common […]

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Jagged Little Pill: The Album That Almost Wasn’t

Alanis. The songwriter of the anthems of a generation and the album that elevated the expression of raw truths to new heights. You may think that songs filled with raw honesty launched her career, but Alanis Morrisette got her initial break as a pop princess, not a powerhouse. A Canadian ‘Debbie Gibson’ of sorts. At […]

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