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Christmas book reviews: Cuddle up with four fireside reads for Christmas

Take off on a super sleigh ride, share the fun of a glorious rom-com, be swept away to the aftermath of war or revel in a modern fairy tale… there is a book here to make Christmas more cosy.

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Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Book review: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Addicted to danger, TV reporter Alix Phillips dodges bullets and bombs to bring the most important news stories to the world.

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My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward

Book review: My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward

With interest in the Queen and Prince Philip at a new peak thanks to the hit TV series The Crown, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward brings us the real story of the marriage of the royal couple.

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The Girls from the Local by Rosie Archer

Book review: The Girls from the Local by Rosie Archer

As the Second World War reaches January of 1944, three young barmaids face a series of obstacles that will test their hopes and dreams for the future.

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Her Frozen Heart by Lulu Taylor

Book review: Her Frozen Heart by Lulu Taylor

Two women, two parallel lives, 70 years apart… both hit by a terrible tragedy and both beset by secrets and lies.

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Impossible Inventions: Ideas that shouldnt work by Malgorzata Mycielska and Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

Book reviews: The power of the imagination comes alive with Gecko Press

There is a distinctly international flavour to a colourful selection of new books this Christmas from the rather aptly named Gecko Press.
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Deadmansdust's 'Urban Grizzly'

Burnley artist lands place at prestigious exhibition

Pipping a field of 500 applicants to exhibit his work at the FLUX Exhibition in London, a Burnley-born visual artist is gearing up to display his work at one of contemporary art's most anticipated events.

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BBC Radio 2: Sounds of the Sixties by Phil Swern

Book review: BBC Radio 2: Sounds of the Sixties by Phil Swern

Were you, like me, one of the late Brian Matthew’s army of Avids?

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Book review: Brighter Days Ahead by Mary Wood

Book review: Brighter Days Ahead by Mary Wood

Two young women from opposite ends of England have both had a tough start in life but as the country battens down for a long war in 1940, will the conflict bring the chance for a new start?

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The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

Book review: The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

Parisian twins Florence and Romy Duchamps are bound to each other like an umbilical cord… but can their love survive secrets, tragedy and a shocking betrayal as France edges towards war?

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Quentin Blakes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Book reviews: A Christmas classic and a feast of festive fun

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is brought to glorious life by a favourite children’s illustrator as the countdown to the big day ushers in a sparkling selection of magical new books.

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When you have the rare telepathic ability to read peoples minds, your adversaries hardly stand a chance

Book review: Hunt You Down by Christopher Farnsworth

When you have the rare telepathic ability to read people’s minds, your adversaries hardly stand a chance…

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Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams

Book review: Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams

In a violent and fast-paced crime noir tale, a wily, a dangerous criminal escapes from prison and vows to avenge the murder of his former cellmate and continue the man’s extensive blackmail operation.

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The Railway Girls by Leah Fleming

Book review: The Railway Girls by Leah Fleming

The famous Settle-Carlisle railway line, a 73-mile long route which crosses the rugged, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and boasts several tunnels and the imposing Ribblehead Viaduct, has a drama-packed, 150-year history.

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The Usborne Little Childrens Christmas Activity Book by James Maclaine and Lucy Bowman

Book reviews: Get busy with Usborne’s magical Christmas activity books

Abracadabra! Usborne Children’s Books have the magic of Christmas all wrapped up and ready to go with a truly sparkling selection of Santa specials.

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Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders

Book review: Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders

Christmas comes but once a year… but it brings with it centuries of religious observance, history, tradition and commercialisation.

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The Death Messenger by Mari Hannah

Book review: The Death Messenger by Mari Hannah

North East crime queen Mari Hannah is treading fertile new ground in the second book of her gritty and gripping Ryan and O’Neil detective series.

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Books are a great Christmas present

Christmas books on offer from Bloomsbury Publishing

Books are a great Christmas present. After all there is nothing better than getting comfy and curling up with a good read.

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A Heritage in Stone by Ian Mitchell Davidson

Book review: A Heritage in Stone by Ian Mitchell Davidson

Scotland has a wealth of castle and stately homes and many are cared for by The National Trust for Scotland.

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China in Drag: Travels with a Cross-Dresser by Michael Bristow

Book review: China in Drag: Travels with a Cross-Dresser by Michael Bristow

BBC journalist Michael Bristow was given a bit of a surprise when he set out to research the story of modern China.

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