Sunday, May 25, 2014

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
HAY FESTIVAL PREVIEW
Hay Festival, which began on Thursday, is a week-and-a-half of literary events in the beautiful town of Hay. There is something for everyone - from serious literary discussions to children's activities, comedy and music, and most tickets are under £10. You can see the full programme and book tickets here but check out our picks for what's on in the first half of the festival.
Highlights include Cressida Cowell, Henry Winkler, Nick Harkaway, Richard Dawkins, Cassandra Clare and Stephen Fry - and that's just what's on tomorrow.  

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FEATURES
   

TOP FIVE: BOOKS ABOUT FOOD

Martine Bailey, author of An Appetite for Violets, tells us about her favourite books about food.
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FORENSICS: FACT VS FICTION

Dr Kelly Sheridan, a forensic scientist and speaker at this year's Crime Story Festival, tells us the truth about forensic science.


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BOOK OF THE WEEK
NO HARM CAN COME TO A GOOD MAN
by James Smythe

A great title and a powerful and disturbing read. Laurence Walker is living the American dream. He has married his college sweetheart and returned to live in her hometown. A good man, solid and dependable, with apple-pie values, Laurence is tipped to become the next president. ClearVista is in the prediction business - it's a sophisticated algorithm with a phone app that simplifies daily living and helps decision making. Laurence's campaign team commission a prediction and the answer is the beginning of a nightmare. This is a highly original story that will make you think.

REVIEWS ROUND-UP
FICTION
THE SEPARATION
by Dinah Jefferies
   
THE KILLING CLUB
by Paul Finch
    
THE HEROES' WELCOME
by Louisa Young


DARKLING
by Laura Beatty
            


THE LAST REFUGE
by Craig Robertson
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1 comment:

Martine Bailey said...

Hi Graham
Thanks so much for featuring my Five Favourite Books About Food. The picture you have there was taken at the wonderful Earthskin Muriwai where I worked on An Appetite for Violets while living in NZ last year thanks to Nancy King.
Cheers
Martine