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2 STARS, May 14-19. An intriguing premise is let down by a thin and implausible plot, says Alice Cairns Read more


Cathy Kelly is one of the biggest selling authors of the decade. This month she takes tea with readers at the Guildford Book Festival. Jane McGowan feels like a long-lost pal Read more

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For centuries literary lions prowled the corridors of Cliveden House. Ahead of the first Cliveden Literary Festival, William Gadsby Peet meets the author and historian guarding the flame Read more

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William Gadsby Peet meets former MP and bestselling author Jeffrey Archer ahead of his talk at the Windsor Festival Read more

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Richmond borough is blessed with authors. Here Fiona Adams, Richard Nye, Jane McGowan and Brooke Theis review some recent publications Read more

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William Gadsby Peet talks to Nanette Newman and Lindsay Branagh about their first book together, narky earwigs and the magic of reading Read more


4 STARS. The Rose Theatre's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's literary masterpiece, My Brilliant Friend, is a bold and adventurous piece of theatre that gathers momentum as it progresses says Amanda Hodges. Read more

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Local writer Jess Kidd is receiving acclaim for her first novel. Rosanna Greenstreet reports on her long journey to becoming a published author Read more

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Judith Kerr and Michale Morpurgo lead an incredible line up of literary figures at the Barnes Children's Literature Festival May 14 – 15 Read more


This month sees Julian Clary, born in Surbiton, publish his first children’s book, The Bolds. Miranda Jessop finds that the comedian’s formative years were not always happy Read more



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Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Christina Lamb talks to Richard Nye about her new book on the tragedy of Afghanistan Read more

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