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Book reviews: Discovery and adventure in our wonderful world

See the world in a whole new way, and discover adventure at every turn, in an exciting new selection of books for all aspiring young explorers.
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A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver

Book review: A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver

When middle-aged antiques dealer George Baxter loses his wife of 26 years, his comfortable, if predictable, life is suddenly torn apart.

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The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images - The Zombies with Scott B. Bomar and Cindy da Silva

Book review: The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images - The Zombies with Scott B. Bomar and Cindy da Silva

Intentionally or otherwise, the misspelling of Odyssey as Odessey half a century ago has led to eternal life for one group of zombies.
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Kayla Watson, who is in the running to become Miss Swimsuit UK. Picture by Anthony Dudley

Blackpool model Kayla hoping to be a splash on the catwalk

An aspiring Blackpool model is hoping her bikini bod will win her a place on the catwalk.

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They’re hot stuff!

Fire-breathers put their tastebuds to the test with the world’s most intense chillis at Blackpool’s annual chilli festival.

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The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo

Book review: The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo

Missing and believed kidnapped by the Mafia, two of the world’s most recognisable holy men embark on a secret, impromptu road trip across the appealing Italian countryside in a delightfully whimsical novel from acclaimed American author Roland Merullo.

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Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Book review: Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

When an 18-year-old girl is charged with involvement in a Stockholm school massacre, a jury must decide if she is a victim demonised by the media… or truly a cold-blooded killer.

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An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry

Book review: An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry

Twenty-three books in and Anne Perry’s brilliantly conceived William Monk Victorian mystery series is as fresh and invigorating as ever.

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Evie's Ghost

Book reviews: Time travel magic, chaotic families and a sci-fi school

Travel back in time with a girl on a mission, meet a wild and wacky family with love in their hearts and reach for the stars at a hilarious high school in a faraway galaxy.

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Crime and mystery take star billing for spring

Book reviews: Crime and mystery take star billing for spring

Crime fiction fans are in for a treat as a new season of reading gets off to a murderous start.

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Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Book review: Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Celebrated London detective Sherlock Holmes might be the master of deduction but he has serious flaws… his prices are prohibitive and he doesn’t understand people.

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The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

Book review: The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

Scandinavian noir just got darker, bleaker, more powerful and more thrilling…

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The Grand Theatre, captured by Sean Conboy

Snap super shots of Grand in masterclass

Amateur snappers can get tips from a professional in one of Blackpool’s iconic theatres.

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Lytham Hall

Lottery fund report criticises Lytham Hall team

The management team behind the Lytham Hall restoration scheme has publicly challenged a damning report on its efforts for the first time.

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The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do by Andy Seed

Book review: The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do by Andy Seed

This amazing book will come out just in time for the summer holidays so there will be no excuse for the children to be bored.

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Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

Book review: Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

Great for teenagers! Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her big and important causes.
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How To Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees by Paul Tobin

Book review: How To Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees by Paul Tobin

This is a strange but fun story following the adventures of Nate Bannister, a sixth grade genius who is trying to keep his life interesting.
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Gecko's Echo by Lucy Rowland

Book review: Gecko's Echo by Lucy Rowland

Mummy Gecko does not want her eggs stolen and tro make sure they are not she threatens anyone who wants to with the wrath of one hundred angry geckos.
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Henry and the Yeti by Russell Ayto

Book review: Henry and the Yeti by Russell Ayto

Like most youngsters, Henry believes Yetis exist and he sets off on an expedition to find one.
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I Don't Want Curly Hair by Laura Ellen Anderson

Book review: I Don't Want Curly Hair by Laura Ellen Anderson

Most of us would love to have masses of curly hair.
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