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Dad's War

Book review: Dad’s War by Chris Tarrant

When Chris Tarrant’s father Basil died aged 85 in 2005, the well-known TV presenter suddenly realised that there were gaps in the life story of his beloved dad that might forever remain a mystery.

Dad's War

Book review: The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye

The dark, dangerous underworld of 19th century New York has never seemed more breathtakingly real than in the masterful hands of actress turned author Lyndsay Faye.

The ever-present milk float which controls sound and lighting for The Dukes' park shows.

Lancaster Dukes prepares for Oliver Twist

Preparations are underway for a new outdoor adaptation of Oliver Twist.

Molly Warburton. Picture by Ben Warburton.

BBC Bestival date for Molly Warburton

Carnforth singer Molly Warburton is on track for a glittering career as she is spotted by the BBC.

Billy Fury.

Billy Fury night at Lancaster Grand Theatre

A Billy Fury tribute night will be held at the Grand Theatre.

The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

Dukes theatre hosts Every Brilliant Thing

The Dukes will be hosting an evening based on true and untrue stories.

Without A Trace book cover

Ten top new releases

Here’s a look at 10 popular new releases.

Reader’s top 10 favourites

Book Club reader Allan Bolton lists 10 favourite first-person novels which he says are all far preferable to the film and TV versions many of them inspired.

Albert Irvin

Lancaster art shop pays tribute to OBE artist

A Lancaster fine art shop is paying tribute to a London artist who inspired many.

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Zak Dingle

Zak set to Woolpack ‘em in at railway town book signing

Loveable TV rogue Zak Dingle will be in Carnforth next month to sign copies of his autobiography.

Library books prescribed for dementia

The use of books to help people living with dementia – as well as their families, friends and carers –is being actively encouraged as part of a national awareness week.

Lancaster author, Carys Davies.

Lancaster author shortlisted for book of year award

Lancaster writer Carys Davies is in the running for two major literary awards.

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Ruth Rendell

Ten top Ruth Rendell books

We take a look at 10 books by Ruth Rendell following her death earlier this month. Ruth was the creator of the Chief Inspector Wexford books and author of many stand alone books under her own name and also under her pseudonym, Barbara Vine.

Happy days, a naughty fairy and furry racers with OUP childrens books

Book review: Happy days, a naughty fairy and furry racers with OUP children’s books

There are stories old, new and simply out of this world in a glittering collection of children’s books from Oxford University Press this month.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Pete Tong.

Top DJs arrive at Lancaster Castle for A-Wing show

An influx of DJ talent will storm the city this weekend as popular music event A-Wing returns to the castle.

Haiku Salut

Stephen Hudson and the Fiat Pandas prepare for Cloudspotting Festival

Local indie-pop band Stephen Hudson and the Fiat Pandas will prepare for the Cloudspotting Festival this weekend.

Ken Nicol

Glasson church venue for musical duo

Two popular singers will perform together acoustically at a Glasson Dock church.

Monsters, shy cats and fun-loving Wally with Walker Books

Book review: Monsters, shy cats and fun-loving Wally with Walker Books

Come rain or shine, the half-term holiday won’t be boring with a sparkling selection of titles from Walker Books.

Vienna Festival Ballet.

Milestone of dance

Ballet fans will love a 35th birthday party at the Lancaster Grand this Sunday.

Vienna Festival Ballet.

Book review: The Kamikaze Hunters: Fighting for the Pacific, 1945 by Will Iredale

On the morning of May 9 1945, many Britons awoke feeling more than a little groggy after an evening of celebrations to mark the end of war in Europe.

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty

Book review: The Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty

The first author to be published by Faber from their own acclaimed Faber Academy, Cal Moriarty may be the new kid on the block but she’s marking her debut with a brilliant piece of old-fashioned detective work.

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II Compiled by Karen Dolby

Book review: The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II Compiled by Karen Dolby

Queen Victoria may not have been amused… but her great great granddaughter most definitely is!

Larry Beckett.

Unique concert sees US poet collaborate with city band

Celebrated US poet and songwriter Larry Beckett has joined forces with a Lancaster band for an extremely special gig in the city next month.

Larry Beckett.

The Lancashire Festival is back for summer 2015

The Lancashire Evening Post and Blackpool Gazette is proud to announce the return of The Lancashire Festival sponsored by Lloyd Lancashire, home of BMW and MINI.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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This week’s entertainment listings

Andy Parsons.

Parsons comes to Lancaster

The lead writer on the ultimate TV satirical puppet show will perform stand up in Lancaster later this month.

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

Book review: The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

When Wolf Truly heads for one of Southern California’s highest mountains on his 18th birthday, it’s not to celebrate but to jump to his death from the summit.

Summer mystery, super science and terrific trains with Usborne

Book review: Summer mystery, super science and terrific trains with Usborne

From ballet stars and teen thrillers to books that inform and entertain, Usborne have a bumper bundle of fun and facts this month.

Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Book review: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

The Ken Barlow of Rock is hardly the most flattering of descriptions and it takes on more significance when you learn that this is Bob Harris talking about himself.

The Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts

Book review: The Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts

History, mystery, adventure and romance… what could be better for the long summer nights?

War Babies by Annie Murray

Book review: War Babies by Annie Murray

Wartime is hard for any woman on the home front but when you are just sixteen and facing motherhood, the going can only get tough.

East of Heysham poster.

Writer heads east with play

A new play by a Lancaster writer will reveal an unlikely fictitious connection between James Dean and Morecambe.

Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom

Top colouring books for grown-ups

This week’s top 10 reflects a craze being taken up by adults across the world – colouring in!

Arctic Lake

National radio takes a dip in the cool waters of Arctic Lake

A drummer from Morecambe is helping to make waves on the national music scene.

Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson

Book review: Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson

With the reburial of Richard III still fresh in our minds, it seems opportune to discover more about the proud, passionate woman who was his mother.

Joining The Seas - A Yorkshireman's Coast To Coast Walk

All at sea with Wainwright alternative

An alternative to Wainwright’s iconic Coast-to-Coast walk comes in the form of a 150-mile trek across northern England.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Book review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Now here’s a real treat… a book about books for book lovers. Throw in a cutesy little girl and a big-hearted storyline and you have a novel made in literary heaven.

Lancaster Library.

Lancaster and District Great War Fallen book launch

A World War One open workshop at Lancaster Library will see the launch of a book about the city’s Great War fallen.

Esperanza Street by Niyati Kent

Reader review: Esperanza Street by Niyati Kent

Book Club reader Margaret Fancy reviews Niyati Kent’s Esperanza Street

Morecambe Carnival 2015

VIDEO: Dancing grannies discuss their hips and friendship at Morecambe Carnival video

The dancing grannies chatted to reporter Gemma Sherlock before their performance at Morecambe Carnival.

A big world, a little king and a very fat toad

Book review: A big world, a little king and a very fat toad

There is a distinctly continental flavour to a colourful selection of new books from the rather aptly named Gecko Press.

X Factor Live Stereo Kicks

Packed Sunday set for Morecambe Carnival

X Factor fans are in for a treat thanks to the new headline acts announced for Morecambe Carnival.

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Grand  Theatre, Lancaster

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Poldarks Cornwall by Winston Graham

Book review: Poldark’s Cornwall by Winston Graham

If you are already suffering Poldark withdrawal symptoms, why not follow in the author’s footsteps and wallow in all things Cornish?

The Queen's Hotel Float in Morecambe Carnival Parade last year.

Thousands to visit Morecambe promenade for Carnival

Thousands are expected to visit the promenade this weekend as Morecambe Carnival returns with a bang.

Errin Whalley.

Halton ballet dancer gets major role

Battling delayed growth didn’t stop this young ballet dancer pirouetting her way to right to the top.

Molly and the Band in London

It’s all about the music (and beer) at KL festival

Up to 50 acts are set to perform at this weekend’s Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival.

Millie Marottas Animal Kingdom

Competition: Win colouring-in books for grown-ups

Grown-ups the world over are enjoying a new craze - colouring in!

The long, the short and other tall stories

Book review: The long, the short and other tall stories

A Brazilian author’s warm, witty and enchanting story of a rabbit with one ear shorter than the other is taking a giant hop, skip and jump into new territory this month.

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