Minette Walters: My best six books: The Power and the Glory and more

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THE COMPLETE GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES Race Point, £20 This was given to me by my godmother. I was reading Ladybird books and Enid Blyton but these are dark, exciting stories. I was terrified. By the time my mother told me to go to sleep, I had the sheets over my ears. But I’d still be reading. They were my introduction to the idea that life wasn’t More...

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By admin On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
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Bill Bailey: My six best books – The Goldfinch and more

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt Abacus, £9.99 Ihave a son who is 13, like the protagonist when his mother dies. My son also has a flamboyant Russian friend, as the character does, so I felt an affinity with the More...

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By admin On Monday, November 13th, 2017
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The Story Of The Great British Bake Off review

The most popular show on TV: The Great British Bake Off. Newcomer judge Prue Leith accidentally tweeted the winner’s name before the final aired last month but the show, the culmination of the first series More...

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By admin On Sunday, November 12th, 2017
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Ian Rankin says world events are putting people OFF gritty novels

Rankin, 57, who has written 25 novels, 21 featuring the detective John Rebus, said growing numbers of terror attacks and mass shootings, were leading people to crave “kind and gentle” books. He also said More...

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By admin On Saturday, November 11th, 2017
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Heather, The Totality review: Wide of the mark left by Mad Men

Famed for its lush production and razor-sharp dialogue, Mad Men ran for seven series, picking up multiple plaudits at every turn. Weiner has now turned his attention to writing fiction of a different variety: More...

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By admin On Friday, November 10th, 2017
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How to Build a Universe & Ask An Astronaut review: Rocket science free of gravity

Brian Cox and Robin Ince try to explain the entire universe while Tim Peake confines himself to life in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Cox and Ince are the scientific double act who have brought More...

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By admin On Thursday, November 9th, 2017
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Paddington Bear: Last book written by Michael Bond to be published

The English author, who penned more than 150 books, died in June, aged 91, following a short illness. He was inspired to write Paddington At St Paul’s, a picture book, after getting involved in the National More...

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By admin On Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
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La Belle Sauvage review: An enticing opener to what promises to be a stand-out trilogy

It is the coming-of-age tale of Malcolm Polstead, an 11-year-old boy who works in his parents’ pub by the River Thames near Oxford and explores the local waterways in his boat, La Belle Sauvage. He lives close More...

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By admin On Monday, November 6th, 2017
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JOHNNY BALL: My Six Best Books – The Ascent of Man, The Elements and more

THE INVENTION OF NATURE by Andrea Wulf  John Murray, £10.99  This won the Royal Society science book of the year award and it’s the story of Alexander von Humboldt.  Darwin did his voyage with The Beagle More...

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By admin On Sunday, November 5th, 2017
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Devil’s Day REVIEW: An unsettling return to old traditions

Andrew Pentecost is a 30-something schoolteacher who returns to his family farm with his pregnant wife to bury his recently deceased grandfather, to observe the annual Devil’s Day ritual and to perform the More...