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03
Dec
2016

One of the hardest things about having grown-up children is that you don’t get to see them as often as you’d like. So what could be nicer than a four-day trip to New York with my daughter? The pair of ...continued

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01
Nov
2016

The Taken gripped me from start to finish. I felt bereft when I reached the last page of this excellently plotted and assured tale – but I was in for ...continued

29
Oct
2016

What better way to spend a chilly autumnal evening than listening to the wonderful Jilly Cooper in conversation with Sunday Times columnist India Knight? Like millions of readers, I’ve adored Jilly Cooper’s ...continued

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24
Oct
2016

When it comes to crime fiction few writers can match the classy Patricia Cornwell. So the arrival in the post of Chaos, Cornwell’s 24th Kay Scarpetta novel, was a treat. I ...continued

23
Oct
2016

There’s nothing I like better than discovering a new Dorset café. So en route to the garage – my car had broken down again – I was delighted to find ...continued

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