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Book review: The Last Days Of California by Mary Miller

October 25, 2014

Published by Liveright Publishing Corporation Fifteen-year-old Jess heads west with her family to witness the "rapture". Her father assures them that on their arrival in California they will be received into the kingdom of Heaven, but hundreds of miles and several home truths later, Jess isn't sure if she wants to be saved.

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Book review: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

October 18, 2014

Published by Harper Collins From her own admission Sophie Hannah would say she has not tried to mimic or replicate Agatha Christie's style in this new Hercule Poirot offering and even if she had, I would not be the person to tell you how it compares.

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Book review: Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

October 18, 2014

Published by Ebury With typical humorous aplomb, the deadpan comedian, writer and improvisation ace takes us back to his working-class Fulham childhood through to his first steps in stand-up comedy and wider career in improvisation and TV stardom in Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Just A Minute.

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Book review: More Fool Me: A Memoir by Stephen Fry

October 11, 2014

Published by Michael Joseph He's already published two autobiographies; Moab Is My Washpot in 1997 and The Fry Chronicles in 2010, but it seems Stephen Fry has more to tell of his mishaps, high-haps and showbiz adventures - a fact countless readers will no doubt want to thank him for, because he does it so well.

Book review: Three new Doctor Who adventures

October 4, 2014

The first three original novels featuring the twelfth (or is it thirteenth of fourteenth) Doctor, as played in the hit TV series by Peter Capaldi have now been published by BBC Books

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Book review: How To Be Both by Ali Smith

September 27, 2014

Published by Hamish Hamilton Ali Smith, author of acclaimed novels The Accidental and Hotel World, loves to use unconventional forms. The Booker Prize short-listed How To Be Both begins as a poem, changes to standard paragraphs, then goes back again to a poem; it is anything but an ordinary read.

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Book review: The Dark Pool: Black Gold, High Finance, and Love in the Scottish Highlands by Liz Cochrane

August 23, 2014

Published by Strategic Book Publishing Born and raised in Scotland, author Liz Cochrane became head teacher of a remote Highland school, and after retiring moved to southern Spain to study Spanish language, art, history, and culture. She lectures on art history in two languages, but still found time to write a suspense novel set in a remote part of the Highlands.