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Book reviews: Llama dramas, pirate pranks and a battle royal

There’s animal magic and exciting adventure in a sparkling new selection of children’s books timed perfectly for the half term holidays.

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The Affair of Lady Westcotts Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

Book review: The Affair of Lady Westcott’s Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

In a pair of intriguing novellas set in London in the 1890s, the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes and his protégé, Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard, are severely tested by a string of random killings of ‘gentlemen of consequence,’ and a plot to bring down the monarchy and plunge the British Empire into chaos.

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The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

Book review: The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

If frothy, lightweight chick-lit leaves you cold, then cuddle up with one of the warmest, cleverest romances on the shelves this summer.

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Some 15% of all streaming happens between midnight and 6am

We binge on comedy for breakfast and drama for lunch, Netflix says

Netflix viewers are most likely to turn to comedy shows at breakfast, dramas in their lunch break and documentaries in the small hours, according to new data released by the streaming service.

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Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan

‘Sean Bean as a priest left me in floods of tears’

It takes a great leap of faith for a priest to stand in the wings watching a former Bond villain celebrating Mass and believe it.

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The Shadow Queen by Anne OBrien

Book review: The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien

One medieval historian described her as ‘the most beautiful lady in the whole realm of England, and by far the most amorous,’ while another made tantalising reference to her ‘slippery ways.’

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Take That Wonderland tour

REVIEW: Take That supported by All Saints at Manchester Arena

Along with tens of thousands of my closest friends, I popped out to see the Mancunian boys made good who have arrived for a barn-storming return to the city they call home.

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The Fix by David Baldacci

Book review: The Fix by David Baldacci

FBI special agent Amos Decker is no James Bond… he’s overweight, socially inept, needs a haircut and his stained clothes could do with a good wash.

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Agent Cooper getting lost in his dreams again

How well do you remember Twin Peaks?

As David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal series returns after a 25-year hiatus, it's time to jog your memory with these questions.

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The original line-up

Classic 80s soap Dynasty returning to US TV Screens

Dynasty is returning to US TV screens, nearly 30 years after the prime-time soap opera aired its last hair-pulling fight.

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Ruby (LIV HILL), Holly (MOLLY WINDSOR), Amber (RIA ZMITROWICZ)

Three girls praised as hard-hitting and eye-opening drama by viewers

Viewers have praised the BBC's "eye-opening" drama about the Rochdale abuse scandal as the series came to an end on Thursday.

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Tentacle Tribe at Breakin' Convention which comes to Blackpool Grand Theatre

Dance day will be Grand

Street dancers will give a taster of what’s to come with this year’s Breakin’ Convention festival on Saturday.

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Matilda Hadock from Bleasdale is on tour with the National Youth Dance Company

Dreams come true for NYDC dancing starlet Matilda

A Bleasdale college student with her sights set on a career in dance has made her premiere with National Youth Dance Company at the iconic Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

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Nicholas Brendon

News that will slay all true Buffy fans

Buffy fans are in for a huge treat later this year when US actor Nicholas Brendon is the star attraction at the annual Preston Comic Con at the Guild Hall.

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Doctor Who favourites David Tennant and Billie Piper

David Tennant and Billie Piper to return to Doctor Who

Doctor Who favourites David Tennant and Billie Piper are set to be reunited in their time travelling roles.
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Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert & Co.

New episodes of sitcom Roseanne planned after 20-year break

Hit US sitcom Roseanne will return with original cast members Roseanne Barr and John Goodman after a 20-year break.

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King Coo by Adam Stower

Book reviews: Treetop antics, doodle dogs and a hard-boiled superhero

There’s plenty of mayhem, madness and mischief in an exciting new selection of reading, activity and picture books for adventure-seeking youngsters this spring.

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Built for Speed by John McGuinness

Book review: Built for Speed by John McGuinness

The name John McGuinness might leave some people puzzled… but in Morecambe and the world of TT, his name is legend!

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Stranded by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: Stranded by Matthew P. Mayo

Lost, alone, and trapped in a little valley in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 1849, a desperate 14-year-old girl must find a way to survive the savage winter weather and frequent attacks by hungry wolves, grizzly bears and mountain lions in the historical fiction novel Stranded.

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The 2016 Caribbean Carnival on Preston Flag Market

Carnival route cut short due to costs

Preston’s much-loved Caribbean Carnival will hit the road again next month after last year’s static event on the Flag Market.

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