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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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Best-Loved Poems: A Treasury of Verse by Ana Sampson

Book review: Best-Loved Poems: A Treasury of Verse by Ana Sampson

In an age of digital overload, what a joy to pick up a book of verse and immerse yourself in the words, truths, language and rhythms that have struck a chord with generations of poetry lovers.
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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul for School by Barry Hutchison

Book reviews: Cool ghouls, a faint-hearted vampire and royal rabbits

Autumn is here and time to escape into a magical world of reading with a special ‘dark nights’ selection of exciting new children’s books.

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A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward

Book review: A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward

Three members of a family found dead in a locked, burning house… is it a classic murder-suicide, or are there more sinister forces at work?

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The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Book review: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

The honeycombed link between the bee’s battle for survival and mankind’s increasingly precarious existence on Earth is explored in a dazzling literary novel from Norway.

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Robert Cunliffe with his book A History of the Garstang and Knott End Railway

Book review: A History of the Garstang and Knott End Railway by Robert Cunliffe

There are still places in the rural Wyre countryside between Garstang and Knott End where the route of this gone but far from forgotten railway can still be traced.
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The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

Book review: The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

It’s the autumn of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine’s life but, still in the iron grip of her ruthless husband King Henry II of England, she has spent years under virtual house arrest.

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He by John Connolly

Book review: He by John Connolly

He was part of one of the greatest comedy couples ever to grace the screen. And he was born in Lancashire.

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The Girl from Ballymor by Kathleen McGurl

Book review: The Girl from Ballymor by Kathleen McGurl

The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, which is estimated to have led to the deaths of one million people, forms the haunting backdrop to a gripping new novel from Kathleen McGurl.

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Beastly beasts, a space odyssey and hair-raising fun

Book review: Beastly beasts, a space odyssey and hair-raising fun

The team behind the world-famous Gruffalo lead the charge as summer gives way to a multi-coloured selection of spectacular autumn children’s books.

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Eve and More Deadly Than the Male by James Hadley Chase

Book review: Eve and More Deadly Than the Male by James Hadley Chase

In two shocking tales reprinted from the 1940s, one of the world’s most notorious crime writers explores a self-destructive writer’s catastrophic fixation with a prostitute, and a meek, introverted encyclopaedia salesman’s transformation into the daring, determined hoodlum he has always fantasised about.

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The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Book review: The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

For 16 years Philippa Gregory has been enthralling readers with her Tudor and Plantagenet novels… stories that give a fascinating fictional voice to some of this tumultuous period’s leading players.

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Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Book review: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

It might only seem like ‘yesterday’ since A is for Alibi – Sue Grafton’s first alphabet mystery starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone – hit the shelves but it’s actually a staggering 35 years!

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My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals

Book reviews: Animal magic, awesome science and a medieval romp

Anarchic hamsters, the world’s wildest creatures, some egg-cracking experiments and a very naughty knight are just some of the stars of an exciting new selection of children’s books as September draws in.

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The Pyx by John Buell

Book review: The Pyx by John Buell

First published in 1959 and later made into a Canuxploitation film starring Christopher Plummer, Canadian novelist John Buell’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Pyx, is reprinted for the first time in 25 years.

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A Child in Burracombe by Lilian Harry

Book review: A Child in Burracombe by Lilian Harry

You certainly can’t accuse saga writer Lilian Harry of ignoring her army of fans… with many still mourning the end of her much-loved Burracombe Village series, she has treated them to a welcome return visit.

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Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson

Book review: Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson

A romantic Hogmanay escape to the Cairngorms becomes a disturbing investigation into a human trafficking ring for dedicated forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod.

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The Habit of Murder by Susanna Gregory

Book review: The Habit of Murder by Susanna Gregory

A college deputation to a small town in the Suffolk countryside proves deadly for medieval sleuth and physician Matthew Bartholomew.

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Running South America with my husband and other animals by Katharine Lowrie

Book review: Running South America with my husband and other animals by Katharine Lowrie

This really is an inspiring book. Author Katharine Lowrie and her husband David decided to learn how to run again.

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Shorebirds in Action: An introduction to waders and their behaviour, by Richard Chandler

Book review: Shorebirds in Action: An introduction to waders and their behaviour, by Richard Chandler

Bird watchers will love this book. With fabulous photographs and fascinating information, it really is a great read.

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