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Win a copy of Gillian Anderson's debut novel

Win X-Files star signed novel

We have four signed copies of Gillian Anderson’s debut novel, A Vision Of Fire, to be won.

Turbulent teens, rollocking Romans and a dotty dinosaur

Book review: Turbulent teens, rollocking Romans and a dotty dinosaur

From tots to teens, there are books to amuse, inspire and amaze this winter season.

Book review: An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

When you are creating what is virtually a new reading genre, there are bound to be a wide variety of influences at play.

Jay Diggins performing at Lancaster Castle

Bluetones frontman and folk favourite to appear at Grand

Nationally known Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss and folk-rock singer Jay Diggins will perform together at the Lancaster Grand theatre in March.

The Fire Beneath The Sea.

Speakeasy gigs back on the radar

City promoters Lancaster Speakeasy are back with three unique shows this month and next at the Dalton Rooms.

Davina McCall has written a book about giving up sugar

Top 10 new non-fiction books

Here’s 10 popular new non-fiction releases including Davina McCall’s sugar-free cookbook and Helen Russell’s book about the happiest place on Earth.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Harry Hammond and the Midnight Experience perform at the Apothecary this Saturday night.

City’s hard-working musicians reveal exciting year ahead

This week, musicians from the Lancaster district have been telling me what they’ve got planned in 2015.

Watercolour artist Margaret Clarkson to visit Killamarsh gallery

Watercolour artist Margaret Clarkson will display her paintings, based on life in the 1940s and 1950s, in Killamarsh on Saturday, January 24.

The Storey Institute in Lancaster.

Stories at the Storey

It’s that time of year when people make or break New Year’s Resolutions. So what better time to tell your stories?

Monsters, madcap fun and cuddly creatures take centre stage

Book review: Monsters, madcap fun and cuddly creatures take centre stage

Macmillan Children’s Books have a monstrously good selection of winter reads for young readers this January.

Treat yourself to a Regency romance with Piatkus Books

Book review: Treat yourself to a Regency romance with Piatkus Books

Love is in the air this January as two American queens of romantic fiction dish up some winter-warming passion and drama.

Denmark is said to be the happiest country in the world

Competition: Win Helen Russell book

We’re giving away two copies of Helen Russell’s book ‘The Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World’s Happiest Country’.

Part of the exhibition in St Nic's Arcade

Lancaster exhibition tells unique story of Russia

An exhibition depicting images of Russia throughout its history is on show in Lancaster city centre.

KBO: The Churchill Secret by Jonathan Smith

Book review: KBO: The Churchill Secret by Jonathan Smith

On the night of June 23 1953, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was on sparkling form as he wined and dined an Italian delegation at a Downing Street dinner.

Turning over a new leaf with Oxford Childrens Books

Book review: Turning over a new leaf with Oxford Children’s Books

A new year is here and time to enjoy a fresh and exciting range of children’s books from Oxford University Press.

Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe in I Wish I Was Lonely.

Does your mobile make you miserable?

The audience of a new show coming to Lancaster will be actively encouraged to leave their mobile phones on during performances.

Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

Top new books for 2015

Here’s 10 new books to look out for in 2015.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Diana Ross and The Supremes

Reach out for real music

A retro night promising music from The Supremes to Swingout Sister kicks off a year of events at Lancaster’s premier community centre.

Kiran Rai

Bollywood fame for Lancaster lad

An actor who based himself in Lancaster has landed a major role in Bollywood film ‘Parachute’.

Molly Warburton

Special show marks release of debut album

Carnforth singer-songwriter Molly Warburton and her band are all set to release their debut album.

The Meter Men or Burst Horns

Jazz, funk, house, rock 
and disco nights to relish

Music wise, January can quite often feel like a bit of a no-mans-land in Lancaster.

History and romance take star billing with Ebury Press

Book review: History and romance take star billing with Ebury Press

Chase away the January blues with a winter-warming collection of books from Ebury Press.

The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson

Book review: The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson

The end of the Second World War was not the end of the story – or the suffering – for survivors living in the rubble of bombed-out Berlin.

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Book review: The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Eve Elliot is the one person who knows what really happened when a young woman narrowly survived a brutal murder attempt five years ago… the problem is that Eve is dead.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand competition winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Russell Brand competition.

Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

Book Review: Dance With The Enemy - Rob Sinclair

There is nothing more strangely compelling than a killer with heart and Carl Logan is just that.

Night Heron by Adam Brookes

Book review: Night Heron by Adam Brookes

Spy thrillers set in modern day China are a rarity, so who better to plunge us into the murky depths of espionage double dealing than the BBC’s former China correspondent?

Brian May's Red Special

Top 10 books of 2014

Morecambe Library frontline assistant, Andrew Till, takes a look back at 10 of his favourite books of 2014.

James Edgar.

Music man defies law of averages

With his cool swagger, boyband good looks and a voice that would melt butter it is 
impossible to think that this time last year James Edgar was still performing at the back of a restaurant and 
contemplating a career in law.

How to Think Like Churchill by Daniel Smith

Book review: How to Think Like Churchill by Daniel Smith

‘What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who live in it after we are gone?’ said Winston Churchill in 1908.

Oradour: A Village at War by Brian Francis

Book review: Oradour: A Village at War by Brian Francis

In the grim annals of Nazi atrocities, the massacre of 645 residents of a French village still stands as a powerful and shocking reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.

Ben Ruth at Downing Street

Music man’s call to Number 10

Lancaster music man Ben Ruth was relaxing in the bath when he picked up and opened an official looking government letter.

Jimbob from The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co

New Lumberjacks video is flying high

The video accompanying new material by the Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co has a definite seasonal feel to it.

All the Dark Secrets by Jennie Felton

Book review: All the Dark Secrets by Jennie Felton

A real-life mining disaster in 19th century Somerset was the inspiration behind an enthralling new saga from a leading light in the world of women’s fiction.

The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House by Joseph ONeill

Book review: The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House by Joseph O’Neill

When a man died in a London lodging house in 1834, 17 people shared a room with the rotting corpse for three days without noticing that anything was amiss.

The Target

Book review: The Target by David Baldacci

All US presidents have to make world-shaking decisions but this one could result in Armageddon.

Elkie Brooks.

Happy birthday to our ‘Queen of the blues’

The ‘British Queen of blues’ celebrates her 70th birthday with a UK tour, including a stop-off at The Grand in Lancaster this month.

Kobo's inaugural book report makes interesting reading

Bestsellers aren’t what they seem

In their inaugural book report, eReader makers Kobo look beyond the bestseller.

Theatre music and magic show will paint town Redbananallama

A night of music and magic is promised at The Dukes on January 10, courtesy of The Redbananallama Cabaret Club.

Self-help books are available in Lancashire libraries

Reading is good for you

The first year of a pioneering scheme has seen nearly 11,500 people countywide borrow library books to help improve their health and wellbeing.

Crime author and ex policeman Nick Oldham from Fulwood

Lancashire writer pens novel for new film

A retired policeman turned author has penned the official novel to a new film.

John Halewood Dodd.

John Halewood-Dodd column

As is traditional at this time of year I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers, and indeed anybody who knows me, a very Merry Christmas.

Lancaster author Carys Davies photographed by Jonathan Bean

Lancaster writer’s stories are nothing short of amazing

Carys Davies from Lancaster is a champion of the short story. Here she talks about her latest collection...

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