Author Cecelia Ahern visits Preston and reveals secret to her success

If you have ever wondered what success smells like, here is your answer.

Funny frogs, silly spies and farmyard friends

Book review: Funny frogs, silly spies and farmyard friends

Pucker up for a fairy tale romp, a menagerie of lesser known animals and a lovable monster that eats books in a new spring season of super children’s books.

Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

Book review: Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

After an absence of almost 20 years, Stephen Dobyns’ popular laconic hero, former police sergeant turned private eye Charlie Bradshaw, makes a welcome return to the sleuthing world in a lively tale of multiple murder, mutilation and horse-napping.

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service

Book review: The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service

The last Tsar of Russia… to some he was a tragic hero who tried to hold back a tide of rampaging revolutionaries, and to others a brutal autocrat whose reactionary conservatism led to suffering and national instability.
Francis Thompson pictured in 1893, five years after Jack the Rippers spree

Was Jack the Ripper a poet born in Preston?

A new book makes the sensational claim that Jack the Ripper was a poet from Preston. Mike Hill reports

George Formby and Pat Howson

Actor wanted to play George Formby in upcoming film

A Lancashire author is on the hunt for a George Formby impersonator to play the iconic musician in a big screen production.

The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Book review: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Reading a tasty Trisha Ashley novel always makes you greedy for her next… and not just because each story delivers a feast of delicious recipes.

Celine by Peter Heller

Book review: Celine by Peter Heller

In the suspenseful new detective novel Celine, bestselling American author Peter Heller creates a most unexpected heroine.

New Hall Lane, Preston, in the days when cotton mills dominated  the road

Walking through the highways and byways of Preston past

Local historian Keith Johnson’s latest book takes readers on a tour through Preston’s oldest streets. Here he reveals the favourite corners of his home town
Double R Arts rehearsing their latest production, With or Without You: A Romeo and Juliet Story

Double R Arts put on a modern Romeo and Juliet

A youth arts organisation is mixing the sounds of Robbie Williams with a classic Shakespearean tragedy.

The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown

Book review: The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Thirty years after the notorious Pendle witch trials in Lancashire, a new and even more vicious witch hunt spread like a stain across a quiet corner of England.

Date with the Executioner by Edward Marston

Book review: Date with the Executioner by Edward Marston

In the latest novel in the highly addictive Bow Street Rivals series, identical-twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen are embroiled in a dangerous case of treachery, fraud and murder involving two ill-matched duellists sparring over a beautiful woman.

Children's author Rhona Whiteford

Prolific author Rhona is far from breaking point in world of words

‘I’m going to be as good as JK Rowling’ – Lancashire author Rhona Whiteford has maintained her faith as she has enjoyed a successful career, selling books for Hodder, with her Ready For School educational books, as well as stories for youngsters aged eight to 11, through her own publishing company Wild Dog Books Ltd.

Lytham Hall

Famous ‘Literary Trail’ is coming to Lancashire

They have always been able to tell a good tale here in Lancashire.

The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson

Book review: The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson

If a wedding marks the first day of the rest of your life, then the story starts with the dress…

Follow The Trail: Baby Dinosaurs

Book reviews: Fun, facts and learning with DK Children’s Books

Let little fingers do the walking with an enchanting selection of new books from favourite children’s publisher DK.

Big Lonesome by Joseph Scapellato

Book review: Big Lonesome by Joseph Scapellato

In his bold debut story collection, Joseph Scapellato takes aim at the American frontier’s familiar gun-toting, galloping figures and proceeds to blast 25 blistering holes clean through them.

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Book review: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

When a body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, the police really do have their work cut out.

Angels Flight by Lou Cameron

Book review: Angel’s Flight by Lou Cameron

Reprinted for the first time in 57 years comes a hard-hitting crime noir tour de force charting a gutsy musician’s bruising journey through the cut-throat American music business during the Dirty Thirties to the Fabulous Fifties.

The English Agent by Clare Harvey

Book review: The English Agent by Clare Harvey

When a young English agent is dropped by plane into Nazi-occupied France to work as a wireless operator, it is just the start of a mission that will soon become a desperate fight for survival.

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