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Tour guide gets spooky on the shore

Spooky stories from Blackpool’s past are once more on the map for summer.

Lifestyle
Dancers prepare for Langley's In The Spotlight

Show to put spotlight on 50 years of dancing

Young performers will be celebrating 50 years of a Blackpool dance school this week.

Whats on
Banksy's Balloon Girl

Banksy beats art heavyweights in Britain's favourite work

Graffiti artist Banksy has beaten the likes of Turner and Constable in a poll of the nation's favourite artwork.

Offbeat
Virgin Cay and A Night Out by Basil Heatter

Book review: Virgin Cay and A Night Out by Basil Heatter

In two suspenseful novels set in and around the Gulf of Mexico, the late American author Basil Heatter tells the stories of a shipwrecked boatman who is persuaded to commit murder for the price of a new ship, and a shrimp boat captain who unwittingly gets embroiled in a drug smuggling operation.

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The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

Pandora, a crumbling mansion perched on a cliff amidst the dusty olive groves of Cyprus, opens up the legendary box of dark secrets when its new owner arrives for a long, hot summer.

Arts
Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

Book reviews: Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

The majestic beauty of the Peak District looms large again in the seventeenth book of master crime writer Stephen Booth’s dark and atmospheric series starring detective team Cooper and Fry.

Arts
Nicole Kidman advertising Jimmy Choo

'Sexy' designer shoes beloved by the well-heeled

For two decades Jimmy Choos have been red carpet favourites, adorning the feet of major celebrities and royals alike.

Offbeat
Generation Game

All new Generation Game looking for Lancashire contestants

The iconic seventies game show, The Generation Game, is set to return to BBC and is looking for competitive families to take part.
Arts
Daniel Craig as James Bond

James Bond creators announce plans for new film in 2019

James Bond will return to the big screen for a fresh instalment in 2019, creators have said.

Offbeat
Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake

Book review: Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake

Even women of ‘a certain age’ need a second chance at life… and no one knows that better than Fanny Blake.

Arts
Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey

Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler opens up about Pudsey's death

Ashleigh Butler, owner of Britain's Got Talent's champion dog, Pudsey, broke down in tears as she opened up about her beloved pet's death.

Offbeat
Filming for the movie will star actress Maxine Peake

Wanted: ‘Miserable’ Northerners for massacre movie

It was one of the darkest days in Manchester’s history, when government troops armed with sabres and truncheons charged at a crowd of 60,000 peaceful protesters demanding reform of the parliamentary system.

Offbeat
Family fun

Where are the best family days out - with entry fees?

Readers have submitted their suggestions.
News
Travel, trivia and walks on the wild side

Book reviews: Travel, trivia and walks on the wild side

As the school holidays take off, get ready for summer fun with a galaxy of gorgeous new children’s books.

Arts
The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Book review: The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Bone-chilling, ingenious and gut-wrenching, this stunning crime thriller should come with a warning… the author has a track record for graphic horror!

Arts
An almond for a parrot

Book review: An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

Meet the amazing Tully Truegood, captivating courtesan, purveyor of dark magic… and currently only a heartbeat away from the gallows.
Arts
50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner

Book review: 50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner

No stone has been left unturned in celebrating the landmark anniversary of a magazine which has covered and – some devotees would say – helped to shape the world around it.
Arts
The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

Book review: The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

If your secret desire is for a travelling companion who promises mystery, drama and passion, then head off to the Eternal City with master storyteller Karen Swan.

Arts
"That's a pretty song," Arya Stark tells singer Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's appearance in Game of Thrones has not made everyone happy

Singer Ed Sheeran sparked a mixed response with his Game Of Thrones cameo.

Offbeat
Rooted in Evil by Ann Granger

Book review: Rooted in Evil by Ann Granger

When a man is found with his brains blown out in a woodland clearing, it looks like an open-and-shut case of suicide.

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