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Book reviews: Fantasy heroes, sisterly love and a trip through time

A fantastic fantasy series celebrates a special anniversary, a family of sisters face new dramas and the world springs to colourful life in some sparkling new children’s books for August.

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Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

Book review: Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

When her husband’s 11-year-old love-child turns up on her doorstep one hot London night, Cat Lupo must decide whether she could ever give the now motherless girl a home.

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The Wardrobe Mistress by Natalie Meg Evans

Book review: The Wardrobe Mistress by Natalie Meg Evans

Mentally battered and bruised by six years of conflict, a young war widow steps on board a train in search of a new life… and determined to seek out answers to mysteries from her childhood.

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Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton

Book review: Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton

Former military man Van Shaw is desperately trying to live every day above ground and on the right side of the law, but crime is in his genes. Can he turn down the chance to get his hands on a long-forgotten, hidden stash of gold?

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A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Book review: Perfect adventures, secret cooking and wild mazes

Summer fun just got better with the arrival of a sunshine collection of new children’s books.

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Liverpool Sisters by Lyn Andrews

Book review: Liverpool Sisters by Lyn Andrews

Inspired by the experiences of her great aunt in the early years of the 20th century, one of the North West’s most popular storytellers brings us the drama-filled tale of two sisters fighting for their place in the world.

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Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Book review: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Cat Kinsella is a young, up-and-coming detective in the Met but she has a dark and dangerous secret… a secret that could tear apart her career and her family.
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Five Escape Brexit Island, the follow up book to Five on Brexit Island

Enid Blyton grown-ups spin off gets new titles

One of last Christmas's bestselling books is getting a sequel as the Enid Blyton For Grown Ups series launches five new titles.

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The Last Secret of the Deverills by Santa Montefiore

Book review: The Last Secret of the Deverills by Santa Montefiore

Secrets, lies and forbidden love...  Santa Montefiore is back to steal our hearts this summer with the final instalment of her sumptuous Deverill Chronicles trilogy.

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Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance

Book review: Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance

Charismatic Lexy O’Brien is a reality TV diva, dowdy Caroline Evans is a part-time blogger and when their lives collide, the fall-out is nuclear!

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Pick your favourite book and have the last laugh

Book reviews: Pick your favourite book and have the last laugh

Some books make you scared, some books make you cry… and some books make you laugh out loud!

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The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Book review: The Late Show by Michael Connelly

A surf-loving, fiercely independent, half-Hawaiian computer geek, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard likes nothing more than sleeping out on the beach near the city’s busy Venice waterfront…

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Banksy's Balloon Girl

Banksy beats art heavyweights in Britain's favourite work

Graffiti artist Banksy has beaten the likes of Turner and Constable in a poll of the nation's favourite artwork.

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Virgin Cay and A Night Out by Basil Heatter

Book review: Virgin Cay and A Night Out by Basil Heatter

In two suspenseful novels set in and around the Gulf of Mexico, the late American author Basil Heatter tells the stories of a shipwrecked boatman who is persuaded to commit murder for the price of a new ship, and a shrimp boat captain who unwittingly gets embroiled in a drug smuggling operation.

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The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

Pandora, a crumbling mansion perched on a cliff amidst the dusty olive groves of Cyprus, opens up the legendary box of dark secrets when its new owner arrives for a long, hot summer.

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Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

Book reviews: Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

The majestic beauty of the Peak District looms large again in the seventeenth book of master crime writer Stephen Booth’s dark and atmospheric series starring detective team Cooper and Fry.

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Nicole Kidman advertising Jimmy Choo

'Sexy' designer shoes beloved by the well-heeled

For two decades Jimmy Choos have been red carpet favourites, adorning the feet of major celebrities and royals alike.

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Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake

Book review: Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake

Even women of ‘a certain age’ need a second chance at life… and no one knows that better than Fanny Blake.

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Travel, trivia and walks on the wild side

Book reviews: Travel, trivia and walks on the wild side

As the school holidays take off, get ready for summer fun with a galaxy of gorgeous new children’s books.

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The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Book review: The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Bone-chilling, ingenious and gut-wrenching, this stunning crime thriller should come with a warning… the author has a track record for graphic horror!

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