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Book review: The Kennel Club’s Illustrated Breed Standards by The Kennel Club

As the dog world gets hot under the collar for the start of this year’s annual Crufts extravaganza at the NEC in Birmingham from March 9-12, here’s the chance to brush up on your essential canine knowledge.

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Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

Book review: Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

A ruthless Russian oligarch, a doggedly determined policewoman and a British spy with memory block on a deadly mission…

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Sir Matthew Bourne at the Grand Theatre

Dancing royalty to pay first visit

Blackpool is well known among dancers as the place to go.

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(left to right) Jon Bentley, Craig Charles, Georgie Barrat and Ortis Deley

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles named The Gadget Show's new host

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles has been announced as the new host of consumer technology programme The Gadget Show.

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Natalie Brown (SAN BROOKE), Julie Bushby (SHERIDAN SMITH), Karen Matthews (GEMMA WHELAN), the three women at the centre of BBC drama The Moorside

The Moorside - A brave attempt to redress the balance

We have often been told that there’s nothing such as society, and that we no longer have a sense of community.
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June Brown as Dot Cotton in Eastenders

Nasty Nick, the monologue and cannabis tea - Dot Cotton's Eastenders highlights

Chain-smoking, Bible-bashing Dot Cotton has been an EastEnders fixture since 1985, and has appeared in some of the soap's most dramatic - and sometimes funniest - scenes.

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North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

Old family wounds are reopened during a treacherous, blood-splattered journey through Wyoming to track down a valuable deeded property in a gritty Western from Spur Award-winning author Matthew P. Mayo.

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Dear Zoo

Book reviews: A special birthday and animal magic with Macmillan

One of the best-loved and most ingenious picture books celebrates its 35th birthday as Macmillan roll out a new season of reading for early years children and their parents.

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Rupture by Ragnar Jnasson

Book review: Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

It’s not only the frozen landscape that sends shivers down the spine as one of Iceland’s most talented crime writers returns in a stunning story brimming with the best of Nordic Noir.

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Book review: New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

If the cold winter nights are making you blue, get ready to be tickled pink by Sarah Morgan’s warm and cuddly new rom-com.

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Pru Leith with Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort in the Great British Menu

Prue Leith tipped to replace Mary Berry as Bake Off judge

Television cook Prue Leith is set to replace Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, according to reports.

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George Barmby was the man in focus in Confessions of the Paparazzi

Confessions of the Paparazzi - Truth and lies through a lens

Journalists, ironically, rarely get a good press these days. As a trade, we usually come bottom of those ‘most trustworthy profession’ polls, sharing the wooden spoon with estate agents.

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A competitor at last year's North West Puddle Jumping Competition

10 things to do next weekend... (February 11 to 12)

Looking to plan your weekend? We have 10 great things to do for you and your family...
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The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Book review: The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Love and marriage, freedom and loneliness, and risk and misadventure are some of the themes in the latest instalment of prolific, bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully witty 44 Scotland Street series.

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Book review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

When a teenager escapes with her life in a tragic accident, instead of counting her blessings she embarks on a journey of self-destruction.

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Winter Gardens Film Festival

A unique experience of cinema at Opera House

Winter Gardens Film Festival, Opera House

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Kingmaker: Divided Souls by Toby Clements

Book review: Kingmaker: Divided Souls by Toby Clements

As the royal Houses of Lancaster and York wage their brutal internecine war for the English throne, families across the land struggle to eke out a living and simply stay alive.

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The Secret Keepers

Book reviews: Secrets, tall stories and animal magic for February

There’s no time to be bored this February as a new season of exciting children’s books get set to banish the winter blues.
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World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

Book review: World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

Colourful, real-life American outlaw Pat Crowe, the most wanted man in America at the turn of the century, is masterfully resurrected in the epic, action-packed Western novel World, Chase Me Down.

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Director Peter Chelsom and wife Lyndsay McCracken

Blackpool director’s down to Earth with new movie

A Blackpool born film director who has worked on major Hollywood movies is set to return to our screens next month.

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