Samantha Lee Howe: The girl least likely to succeed who rewrote her own future | Books | Entertainment

Samantha overcame adversity to become a published author in her 50s (Image: ) She left school at 16 with no qualifications and worked as a ­kissogram girl and a barmaid before falling into an unhappy marriage to a controlling man 27 years her senior. But through the tough times Samantha’s love of writing kept her going and now, an incredible More...

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By admin On Monday, August 8th, 2022
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You Dirty Old Man book claims writers snub Wilfrid Bramwell due to Broadway run | Books | Entertainment

The book, You Dirty Old Man by David Clayton, also reveals how Brambell was almost cast in Blackadder – but declared it was “the biggest load of nonsense I’ve read in my life.” Dublin-born More...

By admin On Sunday, August 7th, 2022
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Charlotte Brontë’s early Book of Rhymes returns home | Books | Entertainment

The 3.8in by 2.5in A Book of Ryhmes (as she misspelled it) contains 10 poems by the later author of Jane Eyre. Dated “Haworth Dec 17 1829”, its first page reads: “By Charlotte Bronte, Sold More...

By admin On Saturday, August 6th, 2022
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The Night Ship review: ‘wonderful, wonder-filled novel’ | Books | Entertainment

Jess Kidd takes the known facts of the Batavia’s historical voyage of 1629 which resulted in shipwreck, mutiny, and inhumane cruelty on the high seas, and transforms it into something salt-lashed and soulful. Mayken, More...

By admin On Friday, August 5th, 2022
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Game of Thrones fans lament 26 years since first ASOIAF book: ‘Where’s Winds of Winter?’ | Books | Entertainment

A Game of Thrones was first published on August 1, 1996, 26 years ago this week and went on to become a New York Times best seller in 2011, when the TV series of the same name began broadcasting on HBO. It’s More...

By admin On Thursday, August 4th, 2022
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First come, first served: Why Britain leads the world in queuing | Books | Entertainment

Airport delays and port blockages…Britons are good at queuing (Image: GETTY) Of all the things we learned during the pandemic, perhaps the least surprising was just how orderly we British really are. More...

By admin On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022
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Biography reveals Roald Dahl’s lifelong belief in magic helped him survive loss and pain | Books | Entertainment

Roald Dahl, pictured in 1971, was a fighter pilot, intelligence officer, screenwriter and novelist (Image: GETTY) From the age of 13, Dahl was sent to Repton School in Derbyshire, where there was an unusual More...

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Brits’ favourite books to read on staycation – with Sally Rooney topping the list | Books | Entertainment

“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, by John Boyne, came sixth, followed by Richard Osman’s “The Thursday Murder Club”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Other popular reads that completed the More...

By admin On Monday, August 1st, 2022
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Author Mick Herron WINS Britain’s most prestigious crime writing award | Books | Entertainment

The novel is the seventh entry in his Jackson Lamb series about disgraced MI5 spies. Mick won £3,000 and an engraved oak beer cask at the annual Harrogate crime writing ­festival, which runs until Sunday at More...

By admin On Sunday, July 31st, 2022
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Through Thick And Thin: Chances looked slim, but Rosemary Conley was destined for stardom | Books | Entertainment

BORN SURVIVOR: Rosemary Conley pictured exclusively at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, Leics (Image: Tim Merry) It is every parent’s worst nightmare: being told by doctors your sick child is unlikely More...