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Protests in London

Five things you can actually do in the wake of George Floyd’s death

Protests continued overnight in the US following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis, after a white police officer held him down by kneeling on his neck for several minutes.

Knowing what to do and how to help, if you feel angry and...

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Good reads in lockdown

Five new books to read in lockdown

Authored by Laura Bond

Patrick Ness returns with a powerful story of a world that has dragons in it, and retired Met Police chief superintendent John Sutherland shares what he’s learned.

Fiction

1. Looking For Eliza by Leaf Arbuthnot is published in hardback by Trapeze, priced £14.99 (ebook £7.99). Available now

It’s often hard to consider a book on its own merit when it’s potentially ‘...

Couple watching film on sofa.

Film fans want to be quarantined with Dwayne Johnson

Authored by Laura Bond

Film fans might currently not be able to enjoy big screen blockbusters during lockdown but they’re certain about which movie legend would help make social isolation a bit more bearable.

Cinemagoers from the South-west would choose Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, as their favourite lockdown partner, according to a study by Showcase Cinemas.

In a nationwide poll, Showcase fans...

Manchester Arena survivor Freya Lewis

Manchester Arena survivor Freya Lewis on her second chance at life

Authored by Marc Astley

Freya Lewis keeps a MAC lipstick in the centre of her make-up drawer, used by her best friend Nell Jones during the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena nearly three years ago.

It was inside the tan bag Freya, then 14, was carrying when the terrorist bomb which killed 22 people went off metres from where she was standing.

Arm in arm, the friends had left the concert on...

Breakfast at Tiffanys film

Seven of the most fashionable films to watch

Authored by Laura Bond

Now is the perfect time to get lost in a classic movie.

Whether it’s glittering costumes or Nineties minimalism, film often uses fashion to dazzle – or even give inspiration for your own wardrobe.

When it comes to fashion, some films are a cut above the rest – where the style or certain characters have become iconic for a reason. Here are some of the most fashionable movies...

VE Day

VE Day at 75 – the largest, saddest party the world has ever known

Authored by Laura Bond

At 3pm on May 8, 1945, Winston Churchill sat in front of a microphone in No. 10 Downing Street, and declared in typically gruff tones that the war against Nazi Germany had been won.

A week after Hitler had taken his own life in a bunker beneath Berlin, the remnants of the regime under Grand Admiral Dönitz had surrendered, and the Third Reich was officially no more.

Cheering...

Culture. Books to read during lockdown

Five new books to read in lockdown

Authored by Marc Astley

With lockdown only set to continue, bolster yourself with a few good reads…

Fiction

1. Redhead By The Side Of The Road by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

Pulitzer prize winner Anne Tyler’s latest novel focuses on “what goes through the mind of a man like Micah Mortimer”. Micah, an unabashed lover of routine, runs his own one-man IT business helping mostly-...

Culture. Harlan Coben has published a new book called The Boy From The Woods

Harlan Coben on moving into TV territory and why he has to write

Authored by Marc Astley

Even if you’re not an avid reader, you will probably have encountered thriller-writer Harlan Coben’s work.

Jumping seamlessly from more than 30 bestselling novels to a string of top-notch original dramas – he’s the mastermind behind recent Netflix series The Stranger and Safe – he’s worth an estimated $25 million, with more than 70 million books in print and a lucrative contract with...

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In desperate need of a good book? Our suggestions for what to read next

Authored by Marc Astley

If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a bit more time on your hands, now’s perfect for sinking your teeth into a new book.

There’s so much choice it’s often hard to know where to begin, which is why prizes like The British Book Awards – or Nibbies – are ideal inspiration.

The awards ceremony is now set for June 29. Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and chair of the...

Status Quo frontman and pop star Francis Rossi. Health.

Francis Rossi on fame, family life and his greatest regrets

Authored by Marc Astley

Alex Green speaks to veteran rocker Francis Rossi about fame, family life and his greatest regrets.

“I’ve become known as the bloke that spills the beans,” whispers Francis Rossi before emitting a sharp cackle.

Status Quo’s guitarist and songwriter is explaining the premise behind his latest venture – a tell-all tour aptly titled I Talk Too Much. He, of course, is best known...

Newspaper

Advantages of newspaper advertising

Authored by Marc Astley

As a former editor I can assure you that adverting in printed newspapers is a diminishing return. Why?

Latest statistics show that national newspaper sales have slumped by two thirds in 20 years UK national newspaper sales slump by two-thirds in 20 years amid digital disruption .

And, unlike digital advertising, it is very difficult to measure your return on investment....