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The Snow Angel by Lulu Taylor

Book review: The Snow Angel by Lulu Taylor

An illicit love affair is set to have consequences far beyond the walls of a smart town house in London’s Blackheath in 1962.

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

Book review: Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

Esio Trot? A strange title for a book you might think, but the answer to the riddle lies in the inventive spirit of its famous creator.

Win book signed by Russell Brand

Win book signed by TV comedian Russell Brand

You could win one of two copies of ‘Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ personally signed by author and TV comedian Russell Brand.

Lancaster Castle will host a night of festive ghost story telling

Ghost story time at Lancaster Castle

The dungeons of Lancaster Castle will offer a fittingly haunting setting for a night of Christmas ghost stories.

Festive Fotos

Festive Fotos 2015

It’s that time of year again, families come together to celebrate the festive period with lots of food, drink, presents and smiling faces. These are lovely moments that you want to capture forever with a photograph, so why not share them with the Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor?

Killing for Keeps by Mari Hannah

Book review: Killing for Keeps by Mari Hannah

When the going gets tough, the tough get going… the old saying packs a powerful punch in murder chief DCI Kate Daniels’ most disturbing case yet.

The Child Bride by Cathy Glass

Ten top ebooks

We take a look at 10 of the newest additions to Lancashire Libraries’ ebook collection in this week’s chart.

Frozen Grave by Lee Weeks

Book review: Frozen Grave by Lee Weeks

As winter takes a hold, here’s a chilly thriller to keep you gripped to your cosy armchair.

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The Thyme Machine

Have a very merry musical Christmas at festive city shows

Christmas musical shenanigins kick off this weekend with Lancaster’s indiepop four piece The Thyme Machine.

Many Kinds of Silence by Elizabeth Ashworth

Book review: Many Kinds of Silence by Elizabeth Ashworth

The glaring gaps in the records of William Shakespeare’s life have proved frustrating for historians… but fertile territory for novelists.

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Book review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Crime, action, danger, a dash of romance and a big Christmas-size helping of wicked repartee… dynamic cop-and-robber duo Fox and O’Hare are back on a new assignment.

Author Peter Beere.

Lancaster author releases comeback novel

Writer Peter Beere has returned to his first love and is back in print.

Craft, colour and creatures with b small publishing

Book review: Craft, colour and creatures with b small publishing

Small is definitely beautiful when it comes to a vibrant children’s publishing outfit with big ideas.

Things We Couldnt Explain by Betsy Tobin

Book review: Things We Couldn’t Explain by Betsy Tobin

The small town of Jericho in Ohio has more than its fair share of devout Christians… but an immaculate conception and miraculous visions still arrive as a bolt from the celestial blue.

Apothecary

Lancaster’s Apothecary has formula for perfect cocktail

The Christmas party season has arrived.

A Twist of the Knife by Peter James

Book Club competition winners

Congratulations to our winners of two copies of Peter James’short story collection,

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher

Book review: The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher

Before the Second World War, London bobby John Rossett was a well-respected ‘thief-taker’ … in 1946, under Nazi occupation, he’s become a ruthlessly efficient ‘Jew-taker.’

Never Say Goodbye by Christie Cavendish.

Say hello to crime author Christie’s newest novel

The latest crime novel by local author Christie Cavendish has hit the shelves in time for Christmas.

The Long Lost Band's The Twelfth Knight

Video features city landmarks

This week’s featured video is an alternative festive offering from Lancaster’s The Long Lost Band.

Carpe: Richard French, Rachel Parsons, Ash Murphy, Graham Wynn, Jon Moore and David Walker.

Risk It All and make a festive date with Carpe at Christmas

Scrap the office party and come to the Carpe party!

Christmas books for all the family

Book review: Christmas books for all the family

There’s a host of wonderful books on offer this Christmas to make the winter season a magical time for readers young and old.

Lancaster Library.

Short stories collection goes on show

Bare Writers have published a collection of short stories and poems, entitled High Tide.

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Best-selling novelist Lucinda Riley likes nothing better than to transport her readers to exotic foreign climes and jewelled backdrops… but now she’s reaching for the stars.

Our sing a song for Christmas logo.

VIDEO: Sing a song for Christmas video

Morecambe Road School take over the third day of festive singing for sing a song for Christmas.

Sing a song for Christmas

VIDEO: Sing a song for Christmas video

Here is the second instalment of our sing a song for Christmas, over to you Gathered Voices.

Tsunami Kids by Paul Forkan and Rob Forkan

Book review: Tsunami Kids by Paul Forkan and Rob Forkan

Who can forget the terrible events of the Boxing Day Tsunami which brought death and devastation to the people of South Asia ten years ago?

A scene from Cinderella. Photo by Darren Andrews.

REVIEW: Cinderella at The Dukes

The Dukes Playhouse has nailed it once again with this year’s Christmas show, putting its own unique stamp on a classic story.

Glitter, Gruffalos and a speedy Santa with Macmillan childrens books

Book review: Glitter, Gruffalos and a speedy Santa with Macmillan children’s books

Transport your child to a world of fun, fantasy and fairy tales this Christmas with a selection of Macmillan books simply overflowing with magic.

Our sing a song for Christmas logo.

VIDEO: Sing a song for Christmas video

The sing a song for Christmas has officially launched.

Author Andrew Fogarty

Lancashire author publishes debut novel

Author Andrew Fogarty is basking in Glory after publishing his debut novel.

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The Balloonist by James Long

Book review: The Balloonist by James Long

If you thought that the First World War pilots who flew their flimsy planes over the Western Front had the most dangerous aerial job, James Long’s gripping novel will give cause for new reflection.

Rory Stamp, RNLI Senior Editor and author of RNLI children's festive book, 'The Big Christmas Rescue'.

RNLI book sends kids on mission to rescue Santa

A heart-warming new children’s Christmas book, which can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of a magical festive story, has been launched.

Book Cover Handout of Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.

Top 10 recently published books

This week’s top ten takes a look at ten recently published books that are proving popular, with something for everyone.

Alex Yeandle

Pirate party packs political punch

A benefit gig with an environmental agenda and swashbuckling theme kicks off at The Yorkshire House on Saturday night, November 29.

Elektrik Farm

European rock band pay a visit to the Lune Valley

The sound of Dresden, Germany, comes to the Lune Valley next weekend with a special free show in Halton.

The Lovely Eggs

Eggs video gets over 100,000 hits

This week’s featured video is The Lovely Eggs’ maccabre yet addictive Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It), which has had over 100,000 views on Youtube.

Mark Morriss

Former Bluetones frontman joins Jay for special Grand gig

A mutual friend helped spark a musical relationship between two artists “of a certain age”.

Lamentation by C.J.Sansom

Book review: Lamentation by C.J.Sansom

Fear and suspicion are two of the most dangerous human emotions, and particularly when they are swirling in a poisonous mist around the court of the slowly, painfully dying King Henry VIII.

Sing a song for Christmas

Sing a song for Christmas

Calling all singers.

A shaggy sheep story and Christmas classics from Random House

Book review: A shaggy sheep story and Christmas classics from Random House

The bells will soon be ringing out for Christmas… and Random House Children’s Publishers have a stack of books that will chime with the family’s youngest readers.

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The Bird That Did Not Sing by Alex Gray

Book review: The Bird That Did Not Sing by Alex Gray

Policing the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was never going to be easy… but a terrorist plot sets in motion a frantic race to halt the greatest threat the city has ever known.

A winter wonderland of books with Usborne

Book review: A winter wonderland of books with Usborne

Nobody does Christmas quite like Usborne, the biggest and most successful independent children’s book publisher in the UK.

Mollie Makes Christmas

Top 10 Christmas craft books

With the festive season fast approaching, Morecambe Library takes a look at 10 of its most popular Christmas crafting books.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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Fear No Evil

Book review: Fear No Evil by Debbie Johnson

New Jersey may have Stephanie Plum, while the south of England has Grace Smith; but Liverpool now has Jayne McCartney who gives both of them a run for their money.

Author A.S. Chambers will be signing his new book at Lancaster Library on Saturday December 6

Lancaster author created character in boring chemistry lesson

A.S. Chambers is an author of urban fantasy and horror fiction who lives in Lancaster. He has just released the second book in his Sam Spallucci series and will be signing copies at Lancaster Library on Saturday December 6, from noon to 3pm. Here he tells Debbie Butler all about his writing career

Friends to Die For by Hilary Bonner

Book review: Friends to Die For by Hilary Bonner

What could be better for these dark, autumn nights than a classy, classic whodunit?

OUP childrens books are putting the sparkle into Christmas

Book review: OUP children’s books are putting the sparkle into Christmas

Forget the games and gadgets wish list this Christmas and let your children discover the true spirit of the season with some very special books.

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