Grenfell Tower: Philip Pullman set to name new book character after fire victim

The 70-year-old author is part of Authors for Grenfell Tower who are raising money for victims of the tragedy with an online auction. Pullman’s item is for the highest bidder to name a character in The Book of Dust Part Two, the second part of a new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials. Now a teacher has bid £1,500 for Nur Huda El-Wahabi’s More...

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By admin On Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Fiction: Just Dance by Rowan Coleman

“If you don’t stop looking at that thing, your neck will get stuck in that position,” Claudia told her grandson as he slouched in her best armchair. “Sit up, Jamie, you look like a…” The appropriate More...

By admin On Sunday, June 25th, 2017
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Defectors, Persons Unknown and more: Crime thriller reviews

PH Defectors by Joseph Kanon (Simon & Schuster, £14.99) If you think you’ve read enough books about this era, give this brilliant American novelist a try. He makes an old conflict feel More...

By admin On Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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Bill Oddie: My six best books – Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School and more

BILLY BUNTER OF GREYFRIARS SCHOOL by Frank Richards Out of print This is the sort of book you couldn’t do now because it’s so non-PC: people are cajoled for being fat, lazy and foreign. But it had a wonderful More...

By admin On Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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Believe Me by Eddie Izzard: Book review

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard, Michael Joseph, £20 So does the revered comic actor, marathon runner, Labour supporter and champion of alternative sexuality raise the curtain on the rest of his rather fantastic More...

By admin On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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Darius Vassell: The Road to Persia, Book Review

The Road to Persia, by Darius Vassell, Inama Group, £15 It was the squad of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. The squad that had a young Wayne Rooney carrying the hope of a nation. More...

By admin On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Musician Thomas Dolby: My six best books

DESOLATION ISLAND by Patrick O’Brian HarperCollins, £8.99 I’m a keen sailor and fond of books with a maritime theme. O’Brian is the greatest naval fiction writer and has an enormous knowledge of Nelson’s More...

By admin On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Short story: A Piano at St Pancras by Juliet West

I’m playing my morning Prokofiev, a piece called Procession Of The Grasshoppers, when a man leans over the piano and puts his mouth close to my ear. “It’s F sharp,” he says. My fingers freeze and so More...

By admin On Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Book reviews: Selfie and Believe Me

PH This week’s books fight back against human frailty Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed And What It’s Doing To Us by Will Storr (Picador, £18.99) Selfie opens with a quote from the More...

By admin On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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Harry Potter's birthday: 20th anniversary of the first book

GETTY Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was published on June 26, 1997 l The first book in the JK Rowling series, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was published on June 26, More...