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Top 10 wartime love stories

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Top 10 wartime love stories
Not much is fair in love during war, from Odysseus’s test of Penelope’s faithfulness to Nineteen Eighty-Four’s doomed Winston and JuliaThere are endless ways to start a novel. One ill-advised way would be to start with the protagonist making coffee … pouring milk … adding sugar. Stirring spoon. Even worse advised would be to wait … until the water boils. Continue reading...

Oceans in 30 Seconds by Jen Green – review

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‘Reading this book has made me want to find out more about oceans and our world’The amazing Oceans in 30 Seconds by Jen Green is very educational. Young explorers can discover 30 cool and fascinating facts about our watery world. It is the latest book in the 30 Seconds series from Ivy Press. This book would be great for science and geography lessons. It has six sections covering topics such as ‘Ocean Life’ and ‘Exploring the Oceans’. Each topic is ... more

Cherry Blossom Dreams by Gwyneth Rees – review

published about 5 hours ago
‘I enjoyed it because it is filled with suspense and drama; it serves as a warning about how keeping secrets doesn’t always end well’Cherry Blossom Dreams by Gwyneth Rees is a book about a girl named Sasha and she is nearly thirteen. She and her twin brother Sean have a secret place that only they go. It is called Blossom House. Their mother is trying to sell it so they have to keep their visits a secret. In this book ... more

Original fiction: The Winshaw Prize, an extract from Number 11, by Jonathan Coe – books podcast

published about 6 hours ago
Original fiction:  The Winshaw Prize, an extract from Number 11, by Jonathan Coe – books podcast
A struggling columnist tries to impress her editor – who just happens to be her father – in this extract from Jonathan Coe's forthcoming novel, Number 11, to be published this NovemberReading listRead The Winshaw Prize by Jonathan Coe onlineWeekend magazine short story special 2015 Continue reading...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling – review

published about 8 hours ago
‘I love this book SO much because when you are reading it, you feel like you are inside the book’Harry Potter thinks he is a perfectly normal boy. Unfortunately, he lives with his hot-tempered Uncle Vernon, his nosy Aunt Petunia and his bullying cousin, Dudley, who all make Harry’s life miserable. Living in a stuffy old cupboard under the stairs is just one of the reasons why Harry hates living with the Dursleys. Unusual things happen to Harry, such as ... more