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Book review – Treats by Lara Williams

Book Review Treats by Lara Williams Over the course of 21 short stories, Lara Williams introduces us to a number of different characters, all at moments of crisis, or in the developments of crisis, or whole lives are revealed in … Continue reading

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Book review – The Not Knowing by Cath Unsworth

The story starts with murder. Jon Jackson, a famed, and controversial film director is found gruesomely murdered, in a copycat fashion in his most famous film. Film journalists Barry Hudson and Diana Kemp knew Jackson, Diana biblically, and their interview … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Book Review The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly 3 out of 5 stars Transworld Publications 9780552 171304 At the beginning of this novel, Roz Toovey is at a low ebb. Her business has gone to the wall, she is … Continue reading

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Concert Review – Different Trains

Lichfield Festival Concert Review Different Trains – Mr McFall’s Chamber with Luxmuralis Two leading practitioners of widely divergent artistic practices collaborated on a new project as part of Lichfield Festival, when the leading String ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber and local … Continue reading

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Theatre Review – David Garrick 300 Playwriting Competition

Theatre Review David Garrick 300 Playwriting Competition For one of the final shows in this year’s Lichfield Festival, the spotlight was turned on the talents of three writers, whose work was featured during an evening of script-in-hand performances. With four … Continue reading

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Book Review – Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

Book Review Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin Orion Books 7 out of 10 Knots and Crosses is the book that introduced Inspector John Rebus to the world. His world weary cynicism, and unhealthy habits forming, but still not fully … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon’s Head

The Great Artist, rendered expensively in Gold. Maybe the mould was broken, Or maybe the artist was going through his Picasso stage, where faces don’t look like faces, and if he tells us that it is Francis Bacon’s head rendered … Continue reading

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