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BOOK REVIEW: Remember: I'm not a celebrity so you won't read this by D R Hall

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014


The Biscuit Girls by Hunter Davies

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

THE BISCUIT GIRLS by Hunter Davies, £6.99

PUB OF THE WEEK: Railway Inn, Pleasington

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Thursday 11th September 2014

This week’s pub review gives me extra satisfaction to highlight a pub, that was, until recently, looking tired, run down and in need of some tender loving care.

BOOK REVIEW: The Murder of Patience Brooke by JC Briggs

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

THE MURDER OF PATIENCE BROOKE by JC Briggs, £8.99 ISBN 978-0-750954433

BOOK REVIEW: The Lake District by Arthur Mee

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

THE LAKE DISTRICT by Arthur Mee, £9.99 ISBN 978-1-445642796


Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014


BOOK REVIEW: Postcard Messages From The Great War By Andrew Brooks

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Friday 5th September 2014


PUB OF THE WEEK: Craven Heifer, Rawtenstall

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:56pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT'S been a while since I made a beery trek to the Rossendale Valley for the pub review — and a few of the natives I had spoken to had been a tad vociferous of late, reminding me of that fact.

48 Going on 50 - 1984 as it was for me by Audrey Wilson

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

48 GOING ON 50 - 1984 AS IT WAS FOR ME by Audrey Wilson, £20

All the ale and food boxes left ticked

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:50pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Well, it's good to be back in "Old Blighty", after a two-week jolly, beery jaunt in Brittany.

BOOK REVIEW: The Alone Alternative by Linda MacDonald

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE ALONE ALTERNATIVE by Linda MacDonald, £8.99 ISBN 978-1783064335

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Nobody by Natalie Gordon

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

MR NOBODY by Natalie Gordon, £6.99 ISBN 978-1-500464882

BOOK REVIEW: Hunting Scraps is an award-winning combination of art and social history

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:10am Thursday 14th August 2014

Charles James Cropper was a natural draughtsman who had a voracious love of drawing.

VIDEO: Reviews and trailers of the latest film releases this week

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:53pm Monday 11th August 2014

Damon Smith reviews the latest releases - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Antonio Banderas flex their muscles in The Expendables 3, and a talented table footballer learns to play the beautiful game for real in the computer-animated fantasy The Unbeatables.

BOOK REVIEW: A Boy From Glasgow Street

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

A BOY FROM GLASGOW STREET by Norman Pascoe, £9.95

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Station, Cherry Tree

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:20pm Thursday 7th August 2014

APOLOGIES for a start if you have gone out today and paid your hard earned 65p to just read the fine missives from our master of all things real ale and public house Mark Briggs.

Wordsworth's Lake District by Howard Beck

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014


Northern Canals by Ray Shill

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

NORTHERN CANALS by Ray Shill, £14.99 ISBN 978-1-445633190

CHEERS! Here’s my super six ale houses

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:20pm Thursday 31st July 2014

This week I have taken the liberty of swerving the usual pub review.

PUB OF THE WEEK: Griffin Inn, Haslingden

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:52pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE smell of malted barley was in the air as both me and beery compatriot Bob Fletcher approached this week’s selection for the pub review.

BOOK REVIEW: Fairynan's Flights of Fancy

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FAIRYNAN’S FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Dulcie Matthews, £6.99 ISBN 978-1-908098887

BOOK REVIEW: A Vicarage Changes Hands

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A VICARAGE CHANGES HANDS by John Ward, £6.50 ISBN 978-0-948655142

BOOK REVIEW: McDougalls and Gunpowder

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014


BOOK REVIEW: Lancashire Folk Tales

1:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

LANCASHIRE FOLK TALES by David England and Jennie Bailey, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-742489933

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Rifle Volunteer, Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:20pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THIS week's pub review calls in at a friendly, community hostelry that has been transformed in recent years. “The Vols”, as it's known locally, was a tired-looking and relatively run-down establishment up to a few years ago.

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Crown, Colne

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:33pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE ecstasy and the agony of top-end sport was there for all to see at the climax of Wednesday night's big-match encounter in Colne.

Survivor of the great pub exodus

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:04pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Adelphi is an historic Blackburn town centre pub in a prominent position with a very loyal customer base.

BOOK REVIEW: The Lake District - A Dog Walker's Guide by Peter Naldrett, £7.95 ISBN 978-1-846743214

Lancashire Telegraph: PET PROJECT: Guide to great dog walks in the Lakes

7:30am Sunday 22nd June 2014

THIS pet owners’ guide could prove a useful gift for those people who say that having a dog is the only thing that gets them out and about.

Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

Lancashire Telegraph: Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

4:26pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

DUSTY, Petula and Lulu were the faces – and more importantly – the voices of the 60s.

PUB OF THE WEEK: Coach and Horses, Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: Coach and Horses, Burnley

2:40pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

THE Coach and Horses is a traditional pub I thought had been lost forever when previous owners Robinson’s pulled down the shutters and put this historic boozer up for sale nine months ago.

BOOK REVIEW: Lake District Icons

2:00pm Sunday 15th June 2014

LAKE DISTRICT ICONS by Michaela Robinson-Tate and Phil Rigby, £12.99 ISBN 978-0-7509-5910-0

BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014


BOOK REVIEW: The Photographer's Guide To The Yorkshire Dales by Ellen Bowness, £12.95 ISBN 978-0992683412

Lancashire Telegraph: ICONIC: Pointer to best places to take landscape photos in the Dales

5:20pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

LAKE District-based publisher Ellen Bowness has turned her attention to the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales for this landscape photography guide.

Watchdog raps Chorley care home

Lancashire Telegraph: Care Quality Commission

12:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A CARE home has been rapped by a watchdog after failing to meet more than half the essential standards that were examined during a recent inspection.

BOOK REVIEW: Special Forces Pilot

Lancashire Telegraph: Special Forces Pilot

10:10am Sunday 8th June 2014

SPECIAL FORCES PILOT by Richard Hutchings, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-473823174

BOOK REVIEW: The Railways of Carnforth

Lancashire Telegraph: The Railways of Carnforth

2:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

THE RAILWAYS OF CARNFORTH by Philip Grosse, £25 ISBN 978-0-956970916

Review: Butlers, Blackburn Market

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Butlers, Blackburn Market

12:45pm Monday 2nd June 2014

IT was a blistering Friday lunchtime and a spot of alfresco dining beckoned.

Avenue Q, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of Avenue Q  Photo Credit Darren Bell

4:40pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WAKING up the morning after seeing Avenue Q at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, to the news that a third of Britons admit being racially prejudiced was kind of perfect.

Debut novel depicts horrors of war

Lancashire Telegraph: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

11:27am Friday 23rd May 2014

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee (Atlantic Books, £12.99, hardback)

Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

Lancashire Telegraph: Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

11:25am Wednesday 21st May 2014

IN the late 1980s, I wasn’t fussy about Jason Donovan’s vocal prowess, bopping along to his heyday chart hits.

BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

3:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014


BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

3:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

THE GHOST OF THE TRENCHES by Helen Watts & Taffy Thomas, £5.99 ISBN 978-1-4729-0787-5

BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

1:00pm Sunday 11th May 2014

THE QUARRIES OF LAKELAND by David Glover, £15 ISBN 978-1-904147763

Review: The Old Function Room, Darwen

7:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

FOOD has only recently started being served at The Old Function Room in Darwen and with a love of pub grub, it would be rude for me not to try out their menu.

BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

3:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

WALK BORROWDALE & KESWICK by Bill Birkett, £9.95 ISBN 978-0-956429636

Review: The Hoax @ Burnley Rock and Blues Festival

Lancashire Telegraph: The Hoax are back to headline Burnley Rock and Blues Festival

9:37am Thursday 8th May 2014

VERY rarely do you come away from a gig knowing that you’ve just witnessed something special.

Review: Brewsters, Oakenhurst Farm, Lower Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Brewsters, Oakenhurst Farm, Lower Darwen

10:24am Tuesday 6th May 2014

HALF-term was coming to an end and we needed a venue to fill one rainy afternoon as well as some hungry bellies.

BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Inside Story of The Dales

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Insidde Story of The Dales

3:00pm Sunday 4th May 2014

AS ONE of the many thousands of walkers who have scaled the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales in one day, I’m well aware of the beautiful scenery to be encountered.

BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

8:00pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

GROW YOUR OWN IN LANCASHIRE by Malcolm Greenhalgh, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-874181934

Film review: The Quiet Ones

Lancashire Telegraph: Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones. Left, Jared Harris as Professor Coupland

11:10am Tuesday 29th April 2014

STRAP in for a shockingly good horror filled with twists and turns and enough jumpy sequences to ensure the audience will be satisfied throughout.


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