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Ocean Colour Scene back together and the north west is calling

After headlining Lancaster’s Highest Point festival, Britpop icons Ocean Colour Scene are set to return later this summer for Kendal Calling, giving MALCOLM WYATT an excuse to quiz singer Simon Fowler

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Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

Book review: Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

Are you looking for the perfect summer read… a story to make you laugh, cry and wish that the journey from first page to last didn’t have to end?

Arts
All About Families by Felicity Brooks and Mar Ferrero

Book review: A sparkling selection of sunshine reads from Usborne

The joys of family life, a classic tale for horse lovers, an exotic Indian adventure and the inside story of how a tree grows take star billing in a wonderful array of new books from world-class children’s publisher Usborne.
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Poldark: The Angry Tide by Winston Graham

Book review: Poldark: The Angry Tide by Winston Graham

As the BBC’s lavish production of Poldark gets set to hit our screens again for the much-anticipated fourth series, enjoy a second helping of this dazzling Cornish drama by reading Winston Graham’s universally loved original novels.

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The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

Book review: The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

Bestselling author Conn Iggulden likes a big stage for his novels… and they don’t come bigger than the Persian Empire in the fourth century BC.

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Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke star in Sky One's new cop drama, Bulletproof

Buddy-cop drama Bulletproof misses the target

I blame Guy Ritchie. He’s the one who thought reviving the spirit of The Sweeney, and the gangsters of Kray-era London was a good idea.]
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Craige Els prepares to take to the stage as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda - The Musical

Miss Trunchbull is set to teach north west kids a lesson in Matilda - The Musical

The RSC’s acclaimed production of Matilda is heading to Manchester in the autumn with tickets selling fast. Katy Wheeler chats to Craige Els, aka the dreaded Trunchbull
Theatre and Comedy
Michael C Hall (centre) and Marc Warren (right) star in Safe

Safe - A propulsive plot will keep you watching

Gates are useful things, aren’t they? They can keep valuable things in, or keep undesirable elements out.
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Wilko Johnson is still going strong, five years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Wilko Johnson is back from the dead and still on the road

Wilko Johnson’s Blow Your Mind is his first LP of new material in 30 years, a follow-up to acclaimed 2014 album Going Back Home, with legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey. MALCOLM WYATT talked with the R’n’B guitar legend about the power of rock’n’roll and survival against all odds

Music
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!

Arts
Humanatomy: How the body works by Nicola Edwards, George Ermos and Jem Maybank

Book reviews: Human mechanics, hidden magic and the joys of rhyme

Take a close look at how our bodies work, set sail in a fantastic fantasy world, share some boyband antics and meet the maddest cat in the world in a sunshine collection of spring books for children.
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The Street Orphans by Mary Wood

Book reviews: Drama, romance and adventure for spring nights

Travel back to Lancashire’s Bowland Fells in the mid-19th century for a moving saga, join the Kentish Woolworths girls as they suffer the slings and arrows of wartime, and follow the plight of a young woman turned out of her own home.

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The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Book review: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

When you grow up in the shadow of Lancashire’s brooding Pendle Hill, the ‘dark side’ must never seem too far away.

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Little Big Man by Katy Regan

Book review: Little Big Man by Katy Regan

Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson will soon be eleven and there’s only one thing he wants for his birthday… to find the dad he has never met.

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Could you join the A Cappella Singers as the director of music?

Could you lead Lancashire choir, A Cappella Singers?

A Lancashire choir is looking for a new director of music to help their 25th anniversary hit the right note with audiences.

Music
Cyrus and Pippa compete in Britains Best Home Cook

Britain's Best Home Cook - Cooking up an absolute mess

I played a fun game while watching the television this week. It’s called Spot The Other Reality Show. It works very well if you’re watching Britain’s Best Home Cook (BBC1, Thursdays, 8pm).

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Country star Gretchen Peters has been through tough times, but says she can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Country superstar Gretchen Peters sees the light at end of the tunnel

Gretchen Peters returns to the UK this month to mark the release of new LP, Dancing with the Beast. MALCOLM WYATT tracked down the Queen of Country Noir to Nashville, filling in the gaps since 2015 critical success, Blackbirds

Music
Timberline by Matthew P. Mayo

Book review: Timberline by Matthew P. Mayo

A train journey through northern Oregon turns deadly when thieves blow a safe and set fire to the train, leaving passengers fighting for survival in blizzard conditions.

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In Deep Water by Sam Blake

Book review: In Deep Water by Sam Blake

Safely delivered from death’s door and now back on the beat, maverick Irish Garda detective Cat Connolly almost finds herself out of her depth when her next case gets deep, dark and personal.

Arts
So You Think Youve Got It Bad? A Kids Life in Ancient Egypt by Chae Strathie and Marisa Morea

Book reviews: An Egyptian odyssey, a wacky witch school and a parallel universe

As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches, Nosy Crow children’s books have a fun selection of titles to keep youngsters out of mischief!

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