The Pendle witch trials of 1612 are among the best-documented in English history, and have inspired writers and poets since the 19th Century. Now Jeanette Winterson has added her own interpretation of the events, in a novella (for the newly revived Hammer Books imprint) that mixes a sharp-eyed view of history with elements of magic and some of the more outré touches horror fans might expect.
Maeve Binchy's last book is to be published on November 8 and bookshops are placing huge orders for what is expected to be the biggest seller this Christmas.
Author Michael McCaughan is in Belfast tomorrow night for a discussion on the Titanic.
It's an issue that is still debated strongly in Northern Ireland today — and one that exercised the intellectual might of Narnia creator CS Lewis back in the 40s.
Taking a walk on the
Living urban lives in our towns and cities, it is easy to be cut off from the natural world and not register the cataclysm which is overtaking it.
Reviewers are supposed to be neutral, but there are times before opening a book we fervently wish this wasn't so.
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John Boyne's first novel for children, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2006), was a phenomenal success, selling more than five million copies.
Fifty Shades of Grey is now the best-selling book in the UK of all time, having sold more than 5.3 million copies, according to its publisher.
At a literary lunch a couple of years ago, Sean French (the male component of Nicci French; his wife Nicci Gerrard is the other half) read out one of their reviews, a positive one. But this was no act of boastfulness: French drew attention to a line praising the duo's standalone thrillers, and thanking God that Nicci French did not write about a series character. Needless to say, that was precisely what the duo were just about to do. They appeared aware of all the possible pitfalls. French admirers gritted their teeth and hoped for the best from the new recurring heroine, psychologist Frieda Klein.
A decade ago, thousands of readers were captivated by Joanne Harris's magical tale of Vianne Rocher and her chocolate shop.
Maeve Binchy, who has died aged 72 following a short illness, was one of the most prolific and respected writers and journalists of her generation.
World-renowned writer Maeve Binchy has been remembered as a remarkable storyteller who could “touch people’s hearts and souls”. The best-selling Irish author has died aged 72 after a short illness.
The worlds of arts, politics and journalism have led tributes to Irish novelist Maeve Binchy, who has died at the age of 72.
Falling in love with
At first glance, the note in "Barry" Obama's 1979 high-school yearbook seems innocent enough. "Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times," it reads, under a black and white photograph of Obama, then just 18, playing basketball with a friend.
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Tinseltown film critics were split between space odyssey Gravity and futuristic romance Her, lending no more certainty to an awards season that has so far been full of contenders.
Singing star Susan Boyle has revealed she has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, after years of believing she had suffered slight brain damage at birth.
Hobbit star Martin Freeman has attacked trolls who targeted his wife after she joined the cast of Sherlock.
They're a winter favourite and can be the basis of many recipes, so watch our video for Lisa's twist on this classic dish
Worried that they barely had enough animals to meet domestic demand, Finland's reindeer producers have refused a request from a German company for 100,000 beasts destined for the dinner table, saying there were not enough reindeer in Finland, the national broadcaster YLE reported on Sunday.
IT'S known as Goliath – and for good reason.
I love food. It's the first thing I think about when I wake up. I've always had a fairly fast metabolism and need to eat little and often. So I've never been keen on diets. My thinking is that if I diet then I will focus more on what I'm not supposed to eat and want it even more! I try to eat the right things most of the time, but I am definitely a big fan of the odd treat, too!
It's all a matter of personal taste of course but while, to my amazement, the guy who services my cars reckons the new Mercedes Benz CLA is one of the ugliest cars on the road, I think is easily the prettiest car to sport the magical three-pointed star in modern times.
When are car designers going to wise up to the sample fact that people are now big and getting bigger?
My first acquaintance with Mazda’s pert little MX5 roadster came in the depths of a Californian quarry, back in 1990.
Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust-only water vapour are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future.