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Book reviews: Travel, trivia and walks on the wild side

As the school holidays take off, get ready for summer fun with a galaxy of gorgeous new children’s books.

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The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Book review: The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Bone-chilling, ingenious and gut-wrenching, this stunning crime thriller should come with a warning… the author has a track record for graphic horror!

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An almond for a parrot

Book review: An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

Meet the amazing Tully Truegood, captivating courtesan, purveyor of dark magic… and currently only a heartbeat away from the gallows.
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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner

Book review: 50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner

No stone has been left unturned in celebrating the landmark anniversary of a magazine which has covered and – some devotees would say – helped to shape the world around it.
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The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

Book review: The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

If your secret desire is for a travelling companion who promises mystery, drama and passion, then head off to the Eternal City with master storyteller Karen Swan.

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Rooted in Evil by Ann Granger

Book review: Rooted in Evil by Ann Granger

When a man is found with his brains blown out in a woodland clearing, it looks like an open-and-shut case of suicide.

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Graeme Park with Hacienda Classical

House fans are older, but can still have fun

One of the godfathers of House, legendary DJ Graeme Park, has lost none of the enthusiasm for the “electronic disco” that he championed in the 80s.

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The Poulton signal box

Signal box must be demolished

Network Rail says it has no option but to demolish an historic Poulton building.

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Fulwood Library is now set to reopen. Photo: Neil Cross

Closed-down libraries will reopen

Many of Lancashire’s closed-down libraries are set to be re-opened within months.

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The Women Who Flew for Hitler by Clare Mulley

Book review: The Women Who Flew for Hitler by Clare Mulley

While Hitler and his Nazis made plans to conquer Europe, two unconventional German women were making names for themselves as daring flying aces.

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Corpus by Rory Clements

Book review: Corpus by Rory Clements

The past few years have seen divisions opening up across society as Europe and America experience huge political changes.
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The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

Book review: The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

Twenty-four years after her first novel hit the shelves, much-loved author Lesley Pearse has become something of a publishing sensation.

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Thats not my unicorn... by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

Book reviews: A magical rainbow of summer reading with Usborne

A touchy-feely unicorn is the shining star of a glittering collection of books from Usborne as the summer holiday countdown begins.

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The Red Arrows will perform on both Saturday and Sunday at this year's Blackpool Air Show

Red Arrows confirm double date for Blackpool Air Show

The Red Arrows will perform two displays above Blackpool Promenade this summer as the stars of the resort's Air Show
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Walk in Silence by J.G. Sinclair

Book review: Walk in Silence by J.G. Sinclair

Ruthless gangsters, heart-stopping danger and a kick-ass Glasgow lawyer who killed a man when she was only eight years old…

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The cast of Hot Ice 2017 show Dreams

Ice work if you can get it

From box office boy to the glare of the spotlight, a lot can change in 12 months.

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My Evil Twin is a Supervillain

Book review: A summer of fun and adventure with Nosy Crow books

From animal magic to supervillains, children’s publisher Nosy Crow has a sizzling collection of books to keep boredom at bay this summer.
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The House at Riverton

Book review: The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Ten years ago, young Australian author Kate Morton caused a sensation in the book world when she delivered one of the most remarkable debut novels ever.

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Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow

Book review: Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow by Kate Griffin

Raised on her grandmother’s tales of late Victorian London’s Limehouse, it’s little wonder that author Kate Griffin has been seduced by this historic area’s dark mysteries.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Book review: Practice Makes Perfect by Penny Parkes

When an author scoops a coveted romantic comedy award with her debut novel, then you know you are on to something special…
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