A Winter's tale: This week's best books in fiction, thrillers, cooking and more

PH Fiction: The Music shop, Tin Man and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Fiction The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday, £14.99) Frank owns a music shop which is under threat from local developers. Into his life walks the mysterious Ilse Brauchmann who has troubles of her own. A life-affirming novel about love, hope and the More...

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By admin On Saturday, December 9th, 2017
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This week's best books for ages five to nine: Hetty Feather's Christmas, and more

Her Belfry Witches series captivated young readers and Five Children On The Western Front, her sequel to E Nesbit’s Five Children And It, won the 2014 Costa Children’s Book Award. Her latest, The Land Of More...

By admin On Saturday, December 9th, 2017
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Susannah Constantine: My six best books – All my favourite books have a snow theme

MISS SMILLA’S FEELING FOR SNOW by Peter Høeg Harvill, £8.99  All my favourite books are set in snow. Snow is like a new beginning. I also love Scandinavian novelists and thrillers. A cerebral thriller More...

By admin On Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Picture books: This week's best buys including Oi Cat!, There's A Monster and more

Award-winning duo Kes Gray and Jim Field are on top form in the hilarious Oi Cat! (Hodder Children’s Books, £12.99). The exuberant sequel to Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! charts the escapades of cats who sit on gnats, More...

By admin On Friday, December 8th, 2017
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This week's best books for children aged five to nine: Toto, The Wizard Of Once and more

A delightful retelling of The Wizard Of Oz from the perspective of a little dog called Toto, it will enchant children and parents alike.  Cressida Cowell, author of the How To Train Your Dragon series, returns More...

By admin On Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Christmas star buys for young adults

Helena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS (Particular Books, £20) is a collection of 100 potted histories of women who have helped their fellow females to travel one step further More...

By admin On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
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Simon Kernick: My six best books – Agatha Christie inspired me from an early age

WALKING THE WOODS AND THE WATER by Nick Hunt Brealey, £9.99 A travel book by a guy who walked from Rotterdam to Istanbul, along the route taken in 1933 by the great explorer Patrick Leigh Fermor. He has an More...

By admin On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
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The Midnight Line review: Jack Reacher returns and he has changed – is age catching up?

He strolls past a pawn shop in America’s Midwest and spots a graduation ring from West Point, the US military academy in New York where he honed his own skills. An engraving reads SRS 2005 and the ring More...

By admin On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
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Two Kinds Of Truth review: The retired detective investigates a double murder

Bosch is trying to solve cold cases as a volunteer for the San Fernando police department when he is tasked with helping the town’s three inexperienced detectives at the scene of a crime, a store where More...

By admin On Friday, December 1st, 2017
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Freefall review: High octane thriller about a photojournalist

Eight months after Wallace confronted the killer nicknamed Pendulum, who targeted seemingly random people in the UK and America, Wallace is still coming to terms with what he was forced to do. The story opens More...

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