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The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Book review: Get ready for autumn with Macmillan Children’s Books

With autumn term on the horizon, publishers Macmillan have their sights set on a ‘cool’ new collection of children’s books.

More Fool Me: A Memoir is Stephen Fry's new autobiography

Book chart – celebrity autobiographies

Here’s part one of our top 20 celebrity autobiographies due to be released soon.

The second volume of Danny Baker's autobiography is one to watch out for

Celebrity autobiographies to watch out for – Part 2

Here’s the second part in our top 20 upcoming celebrity autobiographies.

Joe McCorriston

Dream gig for singer Joe

Morecambe singer-songwriter Joe McCorriston has landed “the biggest gig of his life so far” after getting an email from one of his musical idols.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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This week’s entertainment listings.

The Kings Curse by Philippa Gregory

Book review: The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

‘Mine is the most dangerous name in England: Plantagenet.’

Photo Ian Robinson
Official launch at Haigh Hall of the Wigan & Leigh Words Festival
Author Joseph Delaney

Top Lancashire author to speak at festival

Literature fans and aspiring writers will get to meet some of the North West’s most respected authors at a top literature festival.

Teen treats and fun activities with Usborne books

Book review: Teen treats and fun activities with Usborne books

From exciting sticker books to a stunning teen novel, Usborne Children’s Books have a very special line-up for young readers.

Win a copy of 'Five-a-day to keep you joyful'

Five copies of new book to be won

Five-a-day takes on a whole new meaning with the launch of a pocket-sized book designed to take you on a bit of a joy ride.

The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

Book review: The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

Bone-chilling killers… Richard Montanari has them bang to rights.

The new Jack reacher thriller, Personal by Lee Child

Ten top future releases

Here’s some great books to look forward to over the coming months.

The new Jack reacher thriller, Personal by Lee Child

Young city actor cast in West End musical

A young actor from Lancaster has joined the West End cast of Mamma Mia!

Broomstick training at Lancaster Castle

Broomstick trainers recruit apprentice wizards

There’s nothing like the promise of broomstick training to brighten up the kids’ day on an overcast weekend in the holidays.

Mugenkyo Taiko drummers

Experience the thundering rhythms of the Taiko drums

Thundering rhythms, mysterious masked choreography and post apocalyptic imagery will form part of a spellbinding display coming the The Grand Theatre in Lancaster later this year.

Celebration time, children doing the conga through the reedbed, picture by David McHugh.

Come and join the garden celebrations

A garden party to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Leighton Moss is taking place this Sunday.

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Fantasy and science fiction author, J S Collyer from Lancaster.

Lancaster woman pens first sci-fi novel

Fantasy and science fiction writer Jenny Collyer has gone from Zero to hero with the publication of her first novel.

Something old, something new from Oxford University Press

Book review: Something old, something new from Oxford University Press

There is a classical feel to this month’s children’s books from Oxford University Press… and not just because they are republishing some all-time favourites.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller

Book review: Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller

Spare a thought for West Virginia county prosecutor Bell Elkins... her volatile sister is free after serving 30 years for murder, her daughter doesn’t want to come home for the summer and there’s a killer on the loose.

The Eye of the Falcon

Book review: Late summer adventures with Puffin books

Discover a terrifying Bronze Age endless winter, an Aussie boy’s moving wartime partnership and a magical friendship in a new collection of children’s books from Puffin.

The Night the Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay

Book review: The Night the Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay

Maybe now would be a good time to jettison the well-worn adage ‘tough as old boots’ and replace it with a new one… ‘tough as a Malcolm Mackay novel.’

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

Ten top summer crime books

We take a look at 10 of the season’s top crime books in this week’s chart.

Ralph Oates' boxing quiz book

Gloves off for top boxing trivia

Boxing historian Ralph Oates’ eighth book will pack a punch with fans of the sport.

Book Club competition winners

Congratulations to the winners of a signed copy of a new guide book to happiness.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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This week’s entertainment listings.

Broomstick training at last year's witches weekend

Weekend marks old Witch Trials

Witches will descend on 
Lancaster Castle this weekend as part of events to mark the 402nd anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials.

Lancaster's The Haffner Orchestra

Celebrating the summer in city’s new look central square

Enjoy the Sounds of Summer with a two day musical extravaganza in Lancaster city centre this August Bank Holiday.

Emmot and the Folkestra

Back in the brewery

If you’ve ever wondered what a “disco-punk rave unit” sounds like, this year’s Glastonbrewery music festival has the answer.

This Is The Water by Yannick Murphy

Book review: This Is The Water by Yannick Murphy

There is more than one way to tell a story… and Yannick Murphy has discovered how to put ‘you’ at the heart of it.

White Crocodile by K.T.Medina

Book review: White Crocodile by K.T.Medina

A five-year stint with the Territorial Army, work with mine clearance charities in Cambodia and degrees in psychology and creative writing ensured Kate Medina was well equipped to write a novel.

Never Say Goodbye by Susan Lewis

Book review: Never Say Goodbye by Susan Lewis

Best-selling author Susan Lewis is never afraid to tackle serious and difficult issues…

Northern Canals Through Time: Lancaster, Ulverston, Carlisle and the Pennine Waterways by Ray Shill

Book review: Northern Canals Through Time: Lancaster, Ulverston, Carlisle and the Pennine Waterways by Ray Shill

Building England’s northern network of canals in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was no mean feat for engineers and their armies of tough, hard-working navvies.

The Lovely Eggs.

Best of the Bestival

Lancaster’s The Lovely Eggs put in an appearance at the country’s biggest family music festival on the south coast last week.

Barry Lees, former police constable in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth, and author of Kerrigan detective fiction series published on Kindle.

Ex-Lancaster policeman now makes living out of crime

Former police constable Barry Lees is pounding a different beat since leaving the force.

Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy movie is simply Marvel-ous

It feels like it has been said many times since it was revealed that Marvel was taking a chance basing a film around the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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This week’s entertainemnt listings.

Lancaster's Holly Johnstone with H from Steps

City acrobat’s date with stars

Lancaster acrobat Holly Johnstone will be tumbling onto prime time TV this weekend when she appears on a new celeb talent fest.

Lawless by Jessie Keane

Book review: Lawless by Jessie Keane

Take a deep breath, brace yourself and dive in at the deep end…

The No Kids Club by Talli Roland

Ten top summer reads

Here’s 10 top paperbacks to take on holiday or read in the garden over the summer months.

Deborah Finn from Lancaster, winner of the Andrea Badenoch Award at the Northern Writers' Awards 2014.

Prize brings Lancaster mum’s dream step nearer

Northern Writers’ Award winner Deborah Finn is hoping the prize will open the door to getting her first book published.

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

Book review: The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

‘A tactful woman is essentially a woman who knows how to adapt herself to varying circumstances, who has that keen perception which enables her to see and do what is best…’

Schooltrip perform at this year's Halton Festival

Join the festival fun

A delectable feast for your eyes and ears is on the menu at Halton Festival this weekend.

Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Book review: Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Not even the hard-earned purchase of freedom can save black people from the clutches of New York’s vicious slave-catchers…

Call Nurse Jenny by Maggie Ford

Book review: Call Nurse Jenny by Maggie Ford

Will love conquer all for a young couple when Europe is plunged into war in 1939?

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