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The Dead Beat by Doug Johnstone

Book review: The Dead Beat by Doug Johnstone

Meet Martha… she’s a rookie reporter and within minutes of starting work, a caller puts a bullet through his head while he’s on the phone.

Blue.

New album with much more mature sound

Boybands are short-lived in the way that a noisy firework causes a significant furore, then following the bang, just fizzles away into the night sky.

Chris Park with his book, To Love and Serve The Lord: The story of St Thomas Lancaster, 1841-2010.

Book charts history of Lancaster church

A new book about a Lancaster church reveals how in the 1800s wealth determined where people sat in church. Here author Chris Park who took early retirement from Lancaster University to free up more time for writing, talks about his new book – To Love and Serve The Lord: The Story of St Thomas’ Church, Lancaster, 1841-210 – and his writing career.

Beautiful birds, wild shapes and big ideas with Flying Eye Books

Book review: Beautiful birds, wild shapes and big ideas with Flying Eye Books

When it comes to children’s books, Flying Eye Books have their sights set firmly on visual beauty and top-class storytelling.

Author Ian Rankin

Ten top Scottish crime series

This week’s top 10 takes a look at popular Scottish crime, some of which is known as Tartan Noir – a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers which has its roots in Scottish literature but borrows elements from elsewhere.

Angela Christopher.

Video: I lost my son but writing has helped me heal video

Writing kickstarted the healing process for Angela Christopher after a devastating blow.

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Olly Murs.

Milby on Music column

Life is good for Olly Murs at the moment.

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Love, adventure and mischief are a gift for Mothers Day

Book review: Love, adventure and mischief are a gift for Mother’s Day

Little Tiger Press are helping kids to make Mother’s Day extra special with a super collection of books just made for sharing.

The Cuckoo's Calling.

Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Cormoran Strike is a highly unusual man in many ways.

Johnny McQueen, aged 10, author of The Primrose Boys.

All about the Primrose boys

Find out what it was like growing up in the Primrose area of Lancaster in the middle of the 20th century in an intensely local book.

Colour me beautiful as spring draws near

Book review: Colour me beautiful as spring draws near

Colouring and drawing are all the fashion now for frazzled adults who need to unwind, de-stress and switch off from busy lives.

Two people have won a signed copy of The Curvy Girls Club

Competition winners: The Curvy Girls Club

Congratulations to the two winners of a signed copy of Michele Gorman’s The Curvy Girls Club.

(L-R) Musician Ozzy Osbourne, actress Lisa Osbourne, Jack Osbourne and TV personality Sharon Osbourne. Photo: PA Wire

SLIDESHOW: Stars come out for the Oscars video

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood hit the red carpet for the Oscars ceremony last night.

Magicians, medics and dastardly dragons with OUP childrens books

Book review: Magicians, medics and dastardly dragons with OUP children’s books

There are thrills, spills and pills as Oxford University Press children’s books roll out a terrific selection of top titles for young readers.

Katy Regan

Morecambe author makes awards shortlist

Katy Regan’s fourth book has been shortlisted for a sought-after award.

Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Top books to watch out for

Here’s some of the top books due to be released in the coming months.

Brain training for clever kids with Buster Books

Book review: Brain training for clever kids with Buster Books

Youngsters can get their brains into top gear with a super cool selection of new titles from innovative Buster Books.

Kevin Bridges

Tickets go on sale for Kevin Bridges Lancaster shows

Award winning Glaswegian comic Kevin Bridges will play two exclusive shows at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster later this year.

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The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girls Life in the Siege of Leningrad by Lena Mukhina

Book review: The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl’s Life in the Siege of Leningrad by Lena Mukhina

For 872 days between September 1941 and January 1944, the Russian city of Leningrad suffered one of the longest, deadliest and most destructive sieges in history.

Four Sisters by Helen Rappaport

Book review: Four Sisters by Helen Rappaport

An impish girl wearing a jaunty, wide-brimmed hat poses for the camera as she has a cheeky taste of her father’s cigarette…

Author Frank English during a visit to a local school.

Chance to meet local authors

Buy and get books signed by Lancashire authors at Carnforth Bookshop on Saturday February 28.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Book review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

How do you like your psychopaths… mad, bad, dangerous, deadly?

Gillian Anderson.

Gillian Anderson book competition winners

Congratulations to the four winners of a signed copy of Gillian Anderson’s debut novel, A Vision of Fire.

Viktor Z�lyomi from Lancaster, a research fellow at Lancaster University and fiction writer.

Q&A with Lancaster author Viktor Zólyomi

Viktor Zólyomi is a research fellow at Lancaster University who writes fiction in his spare time. His second black comedy crime novel, Road To Con City, is stocked by Atticus bookshop, Lancaster and one of the stalls in the Assembly Rooms.

Viktor Z�lyomi from Lancaster, a research fellow at Lancaster University and fiction writer.

Book review: Usborne Books welcome in the Year of The Goat

Let your kids join in the festivities for the Year of the Shãn Yáng (that’s Goat to you and me!) with a brilliant new book that puts Chinese words in the picture.

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the film, Fifty Shades of Grey

Book chart: Top 10 screen adaptations

With Fifty Shades of Grey hitting the big screen on Valentine’s Day we take a look at some of the books recently adapted for the big and small screen.

Shaun the Sheep Movie& read all about it!

Book review: Shaun the Sheep Movie… read all about it!

Everyone is flocking to see the woolly sensation Shaun the Sheep Movie and here’s a chance to enjoy the wider picture with these super tie-in books.

Copywriter and author-to-be Terry Martin from Morecambe.

Morecambe man’s book deal after brain op

It was after brain surgery that Terry Martin launched his writing career.

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Barging Round Britain by John Sergeant and David Bartley

Book review: Barging Round Britain by John Sergeant and David Bartley

Six years ago he was quick-stepping round the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom… and now John Sergeant, everyone’s favourite mover and shaker, has been slow-boating around the nation’s canals.

Help! Im a Granny by Flic Everett

Book review: Help! I’m a Granny by Flic Everett

Grannies aren’t what they used to be…

Angela Christopher from Morecambe, author of The Memory Tree poetry collection.

Open mic at Lancaster poetry nights

A Morecambe poet is proud to be launching her first published collection.

Wiggle it just a little bit in celebration of top children's book

Wiggle it plea to nurseries

Nurseries are being urged to give a little Wiggle in celebration of the UK’s most read children’s book.

The Exit by Helen FitzGerald

Book review: The Exit by Helen FitzGerald

Two lives on a shocking collision course… one young, boundless and full of possibilities, and the other, old, severely limited and approaching the ‘exit.’

Helen Russell's book focuses on 'The Year of Living Danishly'.

Year of Living Danishly competition winners

Congratulations to the two winners of a copy of journalist Helen Russell’s book, ‘The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country’.

Doctor Molly's Medicine Case

Book review: A winter wonderland of reading with Walker Books

Walker Books, renowned worldwide for their original and outstanding quality children’s books, have a picture perfect selection for young readers this February.

The Curvy Girls Club by Michelle Gorman

Chart: Ten top fiction books

Morecambe Library offers up its chart of 10 top fiction books.

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Just One More Day by Jessica Blair

Book review: Just One More Day by Jessica Blair

Seventy years after the Second World War was entering its final months, take a trip back in time to a sweeping wartime tale of love, danger and sacrifice.

Fantasy trilogy writer Terry Greer who went to Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

Fantasy trilogy from Lancaster author

Hold on to your hat, Terry Pratchett – there’s a new fantasy author who’s hoping for great things with his first books.

The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again! by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Book review: The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again! by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

When you are 79 and life is getting perilously short, boredom is surely a crime… so why not get out there and beat the real crooks at their own game?

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