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The Good Girl by Fiona Neill

Review: The Good Girl by Fiona Neill

This contemporary tale will send a shiver down the spine of parents.

Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

Book review: Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

If Laura Lippman’s army of fans feared that motherhood might blunt the razor-sharp edge of her hard-hitting crime novels, then her new Tess Monaghan thriller is guaranteed to silence the doubters.

Edward II

Heaven is where the groove locks together

A Lancaster guitarist with a reputation for doing crazy things with folk tunes takes to the stage in Kendal this weekend as part of a band that has been together for 30 years.

Dark Touch

Book review: Dark Touch by Debbie Johnson

Doc Martens may not be standard footwear for the Mother of Mortals, but for a sassy Scouse goddess, the heavy-duty size sixes come in handy for kicking seven shades of hell out of creatures from the pit.

The Invention of Fire by Bruce Holsinger

Book review: The Invention of Fire by Bruce Holsinger

Fourteenth century poet John Gower was truly a man at the heart and soul of his turbulent times.

Stories to astound, amuse and delight from Macmillan Childrens Books

Book review: Stories to astound, amuse and delight from Macmillan Children’s Books

There is a rainbow selection of new children’s books from Macmillan this month and at the top of the colour chart is the captivating tale of a boy who turns green.

Thunder of the Gods

Book review: Thunder of the Gods by Anthony Riches

Just when you thought the brilliant, all-action Empire series couldn’t get any better, its battle-hardened creator, Anthony Riches, plays a trump card.

The Foster Factory by David Learmont

Review: The Foster Factory by David Learmont

This book intrigued me because it was the last thing I expected from a tale of how a retired man and his wife became foster carers in their late 60s.

Waterstones bookstore celebrates World Book Night

World Book Night chart - part one

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities.

Time for Coppernob by Denny Mallows

Book is new departure for Cumbrian Railways

The story of two children hurled back in time on an old steam engine signals a new title from Cumbrian Railways Association.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Common blue damselfly by Alan Wright.

Nature lovers’ guide to dragonflies

A bug’s life is there for the taking if you like to stroll along the canal or down by the river.

Chris Barlow

Lunar Landscape charts 30-year musical exploration

Songs about Iggy Pop’s trousers, having children, and a Lune Valley gate will be played out at a launch event for a Lancaster musician’s new solo album.

Joe McCorriston. Picture by Graham Binns.

Singer vows to be back on form

Morecambe based singer-songwriter Joe McCorriston will perform a full band show in Lancaster this weekend, before heading out on a tour of Germany.

The Lovely Eggs

Eggs prank gets a laugh as duo get set for radio show

An April Fool joke by a Lancaster band hoodwinked plenty of their fans.

Every shade of colouring with Buster Books

Book review: Every shade of colouring with Buster Books

As the craze for grown-up colouring sweeps the country, Buster Books have not forgotten that kids love it too!

Behind Closed Doors by Susan Lewis

Book review: Behind Closed Doors by Susan Lewis

The emotional stresses of contemporary life, and the crises that it throws up, have long been the building blocks for Susan Lewis’ compelling and beautifully crafted novels.

The Ravens Head by Karen Maitland

Book review: The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland

A terrifying lord of 13th century alchemy has his sights set on finding the secret of eternal life… and no child will be safe from his dark embrace.

Clever Commuter by Gareth Moore

Book review: Clever Commuter by Gareth Moore

Is your daily commute to work a brain-numbing experience? Are you constantly willing away the minutes and hours?

Lancashire Libraries' ebook catalogue appeals to all ages

Ten of the latest additions to Lancashire Libraries ebook catalogue

There’s something for everyone, from family saga to science fiction and fantasy, in this list of 10 of the latest additions to Lancashire Libraries ebook catalogue.

Barry Durham with a copy of The Demdike Legacy.

Book about witches casts its spell across the Atlantic

The spellbinding story of the Lancashire Witches is now wooing book lovers across the Atlantic.

Hook's Daughter

Book review: A swashbuckling month of books with The Chicken House

Take the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning… but this time with a feisty little girl called Jocelyn.

Pete Tong

Superstar DJ to play castle

Veteran Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong will take to the turntables at Lancaster Castle next month.

Kevin and Debbie Pegram at The Pub in Lancaster.

New flats plan causes concern for music fans

Plans to build residential flats next to a popular live music venue in Lancaster have been approved despite an 890 name petition against the development.

James Atkin band

Sitting on the dock of the bay watching bands

They weren’t kidding when they billed it as the north west’s second smallest festival.

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Book review: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Crime fans know all too well that the best murder mysteries are not just about whodunit but about purpose, people and place.

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman

Book review: Motive by Jonathan Kellerman

There’s plenty of food for thought in the new Alex Delaware thriller from bestselling US author Jonathan Kellerman.

Fun-loving dogs and a pop-up Alice with Walker Books

Book review: Fun-loving dogs and a pop-up Alice with Walker Books

Inventive, inviting and invigorating… leading publisher Walker Books has a brilliant selection of holiday reads to keep your little ones out of mischief.

Dohnut

Sweet sounds of the summer on their way

Beat-herder Festival has announced its second wave of artists - adding to an already eclectic line-up celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015.

Joseph Delaney

Ten top teachers turned authors

This week we look at ten authors who used to teach.

Stephen Williams, author of thriller book, Tuesday Falling.

Clapham’s answer to Stieg Larsson

A Clapham writer is going underground for his debut novel.

RETRO: Pac-Man is available to play in your home town

Pac-Man comes to Lancashire - sort of!

Retro gamers will love this latest addition to Google Maps.

Sarah J. Dodd from Lancaster, author of The Lion Picture Bible.

Lancaster author’s picture bible released for Easter

With Easter almost here, a Lancaster author has released a well-timed publication.

Anne Anderson, author of Flirty Fifty.

Win Flirty Fifty audio copy

You can win an audio copy of a book by an author featured in Book Club a few weeks ago.

The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

Book review: The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

If Shakespeare’s mind can be viewed as an open book, his enigmatic life story and his private passions remain an unwritten chapter.

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Easter fun with Usborne Childrens Books

Book review: Easter fun with Usborne Children’s Books

Easter is bursting out all over so keep holiday boredom at bay with Usborne’s bright and beautiful books.

White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen

Book review: White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen

In Finland in the bone-chilling winter of 1867 – the year of a devastating famine – the colour of death is white.

Olly Murs unveils his new waxwork at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

VIDEO: Olly sees double on the Prom video

Fans of pop favourite Olly Murs were seeing double as his new waxwork was revealed in Blackpool today.

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Love is in the air as spring arrives

Book review: Love is in the air as spring arrives

Sail away into a new season of reading as a raft of romantic sagas aims to set hearts aflutter.

Terry Pratchett

Ten top Terry Pratchett books

This week’s top ten is a tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, creator of Discworld and author of more than 70 books, who died on March 12.

Writer Carole Coates.

Lancaster writer is main speaker at Settle Sessions

Settle in for a session with outstanding northern poets and writers.

Everyday Maths for Grown-Ups

Book review: Everyday Maths for Grown-Ups by Kjartan Poskitt

Does adding up let you down? Do you suffer from maths anxiety? Well, here’s a book you can count on.

Olly Murs who will unveil his waxwork in Blackpool on Monday

Olly in town to unveil waxwork

Fans of singer Olly Murs can get a glimpse of the star when he visits Blackpool on Monday to unveil his waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds.

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Portrait of pioneering American hip hop group The Sugar Hill Gang, from left, Guy 'Master Gee' O'Brian, Henry 'Big Bank' Jackson, and Michael 'Wonder Mike' Wright, New York, 1980. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Sugarhill Gang, Nightmares on Wax and Mistajam on Beat-herder line up

Beat-herder Festival has announced its second wave of artists - adding to an already eclectic line-up celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

The Crow Mandala

Battle for the best of the bands

It’s crunch time for Morecambe four piece Philip James Turner and the Crow Mandala who will perform in the finals of the Reidy’s Exposure Battle of the Bands competition tonight, Thursday, in Blackburn.

Three Dimensional Tanx

Space blues and psychedelia at first Tanx show

Lancaster/Manchester-based psychedelic-garage-rockers Three Dimensional Tanx play their first local show of the year this weekend at The Yorkshire House.

Luke Paget, Jamie Walker and Oli Kane

New line-up, new album, new Feud

The long awaited debut album from Lancaster electro-rock trio The Feud is due for release later this year.

Hold onto your bonnets, its Easter at Little Tiger Press

Book review: Hold onto your bonnets, it’s Easter at Little Tiger Press

Little Tiger Press are rolling out an egg-citing selection of new books as the Easter holidays get ready to spring into action.

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