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Book review: Dunstan by Conn Iggulden

One of the most influential figures of 10th century England, Dunstan is perhaps best remembered for his connections to Glastonbury Abbey and as the patron saint of goldsmiths, locksmiths and jewellers.

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Llama dramas, pirate pranks and a battle royal

Book reviews: Llama dramas, pirate pranks and a battle royal

There’s animal magic and exciting adventure in a sparkling new selection of children’s books timed perfectly for the half term holidays.

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The Affair of Lady Westcotts Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

Book review: The Affair of Lady Westcott’s Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

In a pair of intriguing novellas set in London in the 1890s, the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes and his protégé, Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard, are severely tested by a string of random killings of ‘gentlemen of consequence,’ and a plot to bring down the monarchy and plunge the British Empire into chaos.

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The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

Book review: The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

If frothy, lightweight chick-lit leaves you cold, then cuddle up with one of the warmest, cleverest romances on the shelves this summer.

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The Shadow Queen by Anne OBrien

Book review: The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien

One medieval historian described her as ‘the most beautiful lady in the whole realm of England, and by far the most amorous,’ while another made tantalising reference to her ‘slippery ways.’

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The Fix by David Baldacci

Book review: The Fix by David Baldacci

FBI special agent Amos Decker is no James Bond… he’s overweight, socially inept, needs a haircut and his stained clothes could do with a good wash.

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King Coo by Adam Stower

Book reviews: Treetop antics, doodle dogs and a hard-boiled superhero

There’s plenty of mayhem, madness and mischief in an exciting new selection of reading, activity and picture books for adventure-seeking youngsters this spring.

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Built for Speed by John McGuinness

Book review: Built for Speed by John McGuinness

The name John McGuinness might leave some people puzzled… but in Morecambe and the world of TT, his name is legend!

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Stranded by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: Stranded by Matthew P. Mayo

Lost, alone, and trapped in a little valley in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 1849, a desperate 14-year-old girl must find a way to survive the savage winter weather and frequent attacks by hungry wolves, grizzly bears and mountain lions in the historical fiction novel Stranded.

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Stunning steampunk, an inventive village and fairy unicorns with Usborne

Book reviews: Stunning steampunk, an inventive village and fairy unicorns with Usborne

The sun is shining on a sparkling new selection of books from favourite children’s publisher Usborne.

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The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

From the majestic Lake District of Beatrix Potter to high society Edwardian London and the lush countryside of Kent, brilliant storyteller Lucinda Riley returns with another book in her stunning Seven Sister series.

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The Hiding Places by Katherine Webb

Book review: The Hiding Places by Katherine Webb

Steeping yourself in a Katherine Webb novel always offers so much more than an intriguing mystery…

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Deposed by David Barbaree

Book review: Deposed by David Barbaree

He was the emperor who legend says ‘fiddled while Rome burned’ and who finally committed suicide in true Ancient Roman style… but was that really the end of Nero’s story?

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The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson

Book review: The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson

Summer’s on its way! Time to head for the sun lounger and wrap yourself in a fabulous, feelgood Milly Johnson novel...

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Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong by Emily Brightwell

Book review: Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong by Emily Brightwell

When a genial businessman is brutally bludgeoned to death in his hotel room with his own walking stick, it’s up to Inspector Gerald Witherspoon’s resourceful household servants to piece together the clues and point their master in the right direction.

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The Hourglass by Tracy Rees

Book review: The Hourglass by Tracy Rees

Two women – a generation and sixty years apart – are both drawn to the golden, sweeping sands of Tenby in Wales, little knowing that the pretty seaside town will mark out their destinies.

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Adventure, learning and fun with Oxford University Press

Book reviews: Adventure, learning and fun with Oxford University Press

Visit an out-of-this-world fairground, discover the fun way to learn at home, and follow a flight of fancy with a girl who is half-fairy and half-vampire.

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Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland

Book review: Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland

A quirky – if somewhat chaotic – second-hand bookshop in York seems to be the perfect place to file away your secrets from prying eyes.

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Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Book review: Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Best known for a string of smart and sassy Young Adult novels, the award-winning C. J. Skuse has turned her talents to some more ‘grown up’ writing.

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Charles Dickens toured the land reading his works

When Charles Dickens visited Preston

Literary giant Charles Dickens visited Preston 150 years ago this week playing to a packed house. Local historian Keith Johnson looks back at trip which had a notable impact on the author.
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