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Book review: Ambulance Girls by Deborah Burrows

25
Feb
2017

“As war rages, can love and friendship survive?” That’s the compelling tagline on the cover of Ambulance Girls, a new historical saga by Australian writer Deborah Burrows. Having read the book, the tagline delivers what it promises – and a ...continued

24
Feb
2017

I love the idea behind the Little People, Big Dreams series for children. Aimed at five to eight-year-olds, this collection tells the stories of famous women who achieved remarkable things. The ...continued

22
Feb
2017

Afternoon tea, stunning views across a windswept sea and a captivating talk by a bestselling author. How could I resist the chance to hear Rowan Coleman talk about her books ...continued

22
Jan
2017

Buying a tumbledown farmhouse in the south of France is probably the most impulsive thing I’ve ever done and even though I sold it two years ago it continues to ...continued

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06
Jan
2017

The Times critic Kate Muir has described Manchester by the Sea as “the most emotionally intelligent film you will see this year” – and she’s probably right. The main problem ...continued

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