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Book review: Smith by Timothy J. Lockhart

Blackmailed into working for a secret government organisation, a hard-bitten former servicewoman overcomes a perilous training programme to become a highly skilled and extremely resourceful assassin in a taut, action-packed thriller.

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The Last Duchess by Laura Powell and Sarah Gibb

Book reviews: Below stairs mysteries, high-flying dramas and bad bunnies

A lady’s maid battles the Dark Arts, a schoolboy heads off to a forgotten land, and two mischief-making bunnies steal the show in a sunshine collection of new books for young readers.

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The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham

Book review: The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham

For the past four years, Harry Bingham has been wooing a growing army of fans with his outrageously entertaining DS Fiona Griffiths thrillers.

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The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Book review: The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Can you ever really know your friends?
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The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway

Book review: The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway

When a young seamstress is left stranded and homeless after a steamboat accident on the Ohio River, she finds work and refuge on board a famous floating theatre.

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The Constant Soldier by William Ryan

Book review: The Constant Soldier by William Ryan

In the final, chaotic months of the Second World War, a young German soldier pits himself against the remnants of the brutal SS in a bid to save the woman he loves.

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That is Not My Unicorn

Book review: That is Not My Unicorn

Go on admit it, we all love unicorns. And what better creature than this to feature as the 50th “That’s Not My’’ book.

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Girl Vs Boy Band: The High Note by Harmony Jones

Book review: Girl Vs Boy Band: The High Note by Harmony Jones

Beatles fan Harmony Jones brings her American way of life alive through this great book.

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Abruzzo by Luciano Di Gregorio

Book review: Italy: Abruzzo by Luciano Di Gregorio

Italy, one of favourite countries. Always full of passion and fun. So where is Abruzzo?

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The Hebridean Way. Long distance walking route through Scotlands Outer Hebrides, by Richard Barrett

Book review: The Hebridean Way. Long distance walking route through Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, by Richard Barrett

I have only been to The Outer Hebrides once – but boy what a place!

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Adder, Bluebell, Lobster. Wild poems by Chrissie Gittins and illustrated by Paul Bommer

Book review: Adder, Bluebell, Lobster. Wild poems by Chrissie Gittins and illustrated by Paul Bommer

It’s fun to explore and this is exactly what poet Chrissie Gittins did when she researched for her new book.

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Rip-roaring adventures and classroom capers

Book reviews: Rip-roaring adventures and classroom capers

June is fun time for young readers as publishers roll out an exciting selection of books packed with thrills, spills, school larks and laughter.

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Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Book review: Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

When a woman is found murdered and mutilated in a Swedish marina, a trail of evil leads two intrepid investigators all the way back to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1944, and to the hell that was the Holocaust.

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Wartime romance and drama for summer nights

Book reviews: Wartime romance and drama for summer nights

Three saga queens travel back to the dangerous years of the Second World War for three captivating tales of love, loss, hardship and romance on England’s Home Front.

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The Black Moon by Winston Graham

Book review: The Black Moon by Winston Graham

As the BBC’s lavish production of Poldark hits our screens again this week for the much-anticipated third series, enjoy a second helping of this dazzling Cornish drama by reading Winston Graham’s universally loved original novels.

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The South Lancashire Regiment Queen Beach D-Day

A project "Recalling the Ironsides" has been set-up to seek out the stories of D-Day veterans

"Recalling the Ironsides" historians appeal for South Lancashire D-Day veterans

The search is on to help unearth real life stories of some of history’s forgotten Lancashire war heroes.
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Everybodys Welcome by Patricia Hegarty and Greg Abbott

Book reviews: Friendship, fairy magic and a big bad cat

Little ones won’t be bored this half term when they get their hands on a super selection of all-action picture and story books.

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Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn: A Kings Obsession by Alison Weir

Book review: Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

Nearly five centuries after her death, Henry VIII’s tragic second queen Anne Boleyn has become not just a modern celebrity but the subject of a fast-growing internet cult.
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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Book review: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Is the future written in the stars… or can we change the course of our lives?

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The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Book review: The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

As the Third Reich crumbles and the Russian Army advances in June, 1945, three women find refuge in a crumbling castle in the Bavarian countryside.

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