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Theatre review: Dreamboats and petticoats at Manchester Palace Theatre

It’s cold, it’s dark and I needed cheering up on a Monday evening - so what better than a song and dance?

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Angels Flight by Lou Cameron

Book review: Angel’s Flight by Lou Cameron

Reprinted for the first time in 57 years comes a hard-hitting crime noir tour de force charting a gutsy musician’s bruising journey through the cut-throat American music business during the Dirty Thirties to the Fabulous Fifties.

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The English Agent by Clare Harvey

Book review: The English Agent by Clare Harvey

When a young English agent is dropped by plane into Nazi-occupied France to work as a wireless operator, it is just the start of a mission that will soon become a desperate fight for survival.

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Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson

Book reviews: Families, gardens and words galore with Usborne

Spring is bursting out all over as Usborne Children’s Books start the countdown to a new season of reading.

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The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr

Book review: An epic journey, dark fantasy and comedy capers

The real-life story of an extraordinary elephant, a battle to save the Earth and an ingenious pop-up book take starring roles in a new collection of children’s books.

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Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Book review: Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Dinah Jefferies’ early years in British-controlled Malaya has been the inspiration behind a raft of rich and thrilling historical novels set amidst the heat and turmoil of faraway countries in the throes of major change.

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Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

Book review: Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

During the dark days of the Second World War, many London marriages weren’t made in heaven… they were forged at a marriage bureau in fashionable Bond Street.

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The New Adventures of Mr Toad: The Race to Toad Hall by Tom Moorhouse and Holly Swain

Book reviews: On the road with a new-look Mr Toad

The star of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel makes a comeback in a new season of fabulous reading with Oxford University Press children’s books.

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The Kennel Clubs Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

Book review: The Kennel Club’s Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

As the dog world gets hot under the collar for the start of this year’s annual Crufts extravaganza at the NEC in Birmingham from March 9-12, here’s the chance to brush up on your essential canine knowledge.

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Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

Book review: Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

A ruthless Russian oligarch, a doggedly determined policewoman and a British spy with memory block on a deadly mission…

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North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

Old family wounds are reopened during a treacherous, blood-splattered journey through Wyoming to track down a valuable deeded property in a gritty Western from Spur Award-winning author Matthew P. Mayo.

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Dear Zoo

Book reviews: A special birthday and animal magic with Macmillan

One of the best-loved and most ingenious picture books celebrates its 35th birthday as Macmillan roll out a new season of reading for early years children and their parents.

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Rupture by Ragnar Jnasson

Book review: Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

It’s not only the frozen landscape that sends shivers down the spine as one of Iceland’s most talented crime writers returns in a stunning story brimming with the best of Nordic Noir.

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Book review: New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

If the cold winter nights are making you blue, get ready to be tickled pink by Sarah Morgan’s warm and cuddly new rom-com.

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The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Book review: The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Love and marriage, freedom and loneliness, and risk and misadventure are some of the themes in the latest instalment of prolific, bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully witty 44 Scotland Street series.

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Book review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

When a teenager escapes with her life in a tragic accident, instead of counting her blessings she embarks on a journey of self-destruction.

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Kingmaker: Divided Souls by Toby Clements

Book review: Kingmaker: Divided Souls by Toby Clements

As the royal Houses of Lancaster and York wage their brutal internecine war for the English throne, families across the land struggle to eke out a living and simply stay alive.

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The Secret Keepers

Book reviews: Secrets, tall stories and animal magic for February

There’s no time to be bored this February as a new season of exciting children’s books get set to banish the winter blues.
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World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

Book review: World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

Colourful, real-life American outlaw Pat Crowe, the most wanted man in America at the turn of the century, is masterfully resurrected in the epic, action-packed Western novel World, Chase Me Down.

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You Said Forever by Susan Lewis

Book review: You Said Forever by Susan Lewis

Events from the past catch up with a family trying to build a new life in the sunshine of New Zealand in a powerful and emotion-packed novel from the impressive Susan Lewis.

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