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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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The star of the Channel 4 programme The Supervet, will be taking his stage show, Welcome To My World, on an 18-date nationwide tour

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick to embark on first live tour

The Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, is going on the road.
Theatre and Comedy
Meet Santa on the Western Train tram in Blackpool

Things to do (December 9 to 12)

There's a great mix of events happening this weekend... Take your pick!

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Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert

Victoria set for snowy and opulent Christmas in first-look pictures

First-look pictures from the Victoria Christmas special reveal that viewers are in for a festive and luxurious treat, complete with a good coating of snow.

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There will be three TV specials

Some fans bound to be disappointed by League of Gentlemen reboot, warns creator

The return of The League Of Gentlemen may fail to win over existing fans, star and co-creator Reece Shearsmith has warned.

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Former factory boss Carla Connor (played by Alison King) who is to return to Coronation Street on December 22

Carla Connor set for Christmas return to Coronation Street

Fiery former factory boss Carla Connor is to return to Coronation Street just over 18 months after her departure.

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An ad campaign sent 21 miles above planet earth to promote the scenic locations where parts of the latest Star Wars film were shot

Star Wars is up, up and away as promotion billboard floats in space

Tourism chiefs in Ireland have launched a stratospheric ad campaign to highlight the island's key role in the latest Star Wars film.
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Amazon Fire stick users won’t be able to watch YouTube on their TV from January

A bust-up between Google and Amazon will mean that Amazon Fire and Amazon Echo Show users will be unable to watch YouTube on their TV - via their Amazon devices - from 1 January 2018.

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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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VIDEO PREVIEW: WWE legends bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas

WWE legends Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Rob Van Dam are bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas in 2018 and we have all the ticket details.

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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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Marc Small as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Photo: Richard Davenport

Theatre review: A Christmas Carol at the Octagon Theatre

Yet another Christmas cracker of a production from a theatre that, unlike the pre-repentant Scrooge, keeps giving and giving.

Theatre and Comedy
Pauline Quirke as Sharon, Linda Robson as Tracey and Lesley Joseph as Dorien

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a dose of Birds Of A Feather

After a jaunt to sunnier climes last year, 2017's special sees our favourite trio back to causing havoc in their native Essex. Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph tell Francesca Gosling about their festive reunion, friendships and the longevity of the ITV show

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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…

Arts
Travel Show 2018

The Travel and Leisure Show is back for 2018

If you are planning to get away for a fabulous holiday, then you will certainly find inspiration at The Travel and Leisure Show 2018, organised by The Lancashire Post and The Gazette, in association with Blue Air.
Lifestyle
This "is an old way of eating ricotta in Tuscany as a breakfast or merenda (an afternoon snack)"

How to make Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi's coffee and ricotta shots

Sweet, simple and small equals the perfect dessert.
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The BPI predict sales of over one million vinyls across the next month

Vinyl record sales expected to hit one million this Christmas

Music fans should expect plenty of gift-wrapped vinyl records this Christmas as more than one million vinyl LPs are predicted to be sold in December, record labels' association BPI has said.

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