J K Rowling is star turn at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Gazette & Herald: J.K. Rowling with Val McDermid at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

11:06am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORLD-FAMOUS author J.K. Rowling has appeared at a literary festival in North Yorkshire.

Belinda Bauer scoops the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

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12:58pm Saturday 19th July 2014

IT could have been three times in a row for Scottish crime writer Denise Mina. But Belinda Bauer stepped in instead to scoop the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for her novel Rubbernecker.

Tom Harper book signing event at National Trust shop

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9:12am Friday 18th July 2014

A YORK-based author will be signing copies of his new novel in the city this week.

Denise Mina shortlisted again for Theakston prize

Gazette & Herald: Denise Mina author (7874909)

2:31pm Saturday 5th July 2014

A VERY 'peculier' honour is about to be bestowed on a crime writer at the genre's leading festival.

Putting loss into words

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2:30pm Saturday 5th July 2014

GRIEF, loss and anger, but wonder too at the sheer beauty of a still moment in time –they're all there in York poet Don Walls' latest volume of work, Somewhere Else, which will be officially launched at the City Screen Basement Bar on Tuesday.

The Man Who Killed Richard III, by Susan Fern (Amberley, £18.99)

2:29pm Saturday 5th July 2014

YORK has lost the second great battle of Bosworth: the battle about where King Richard III should be finally laid to rest.

Ex-policeman writes first novel

Gazette & Herald: Author Steve Pearse, of Great Barugh, with his novel Finding Jane. Pic: Mike Tipping (7565363)

11:48am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A FORMER Ryedale police officer has written his first novel set around the infamous 2013 landslip beneath Whitby Abbey.

Falling For Football - The teams that shaped our obsession, compiled by Adam Bushby & Rob MacDonald (£11.99, Ockley Books)

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12:37pm Saturday 28th June 2014

NOBODY forgets their first love and very few football fans have any problem recalling the exact moment they fell for the beautiful game.

Zodiac Station by Tom Harper is published by Hodder, priced £16.99 (Kindle edition £8.99)

Gazette & Herald: Author Tom Harper in Svalbard, in the Arctic circle

12:37pm Saturday 28th June 2014

In the Arctic, no-one can hear you scream. STEPHEN LEWIS talks to York author Tom Harper about his latest thriller, set in a remote polar research station

Duty Calls, Castle Howard And The Great War by Christopher Ridgway (Castle Howard, £10)

Gazette & Herald: A column of Royal Naval Division buses in France,1914. The supply of these buses was organised by Geoffrey Howard, a lieutenant in the regiment, son of Rosalind Howard. He took this photo.

2:02pm Saturday 21st June 2014

I HAVE read many books on ‘The Great War’ and this one, by Christopher Ridgway, ranks among the very best. It tells the personal stories, not only of the Howard family, but also of those who worked on the Estate at the time.

Walking York's city walls

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1:40pm Saturday 21st June 2014

FOR those of us lucky enough to live in York, the city walls are a familiar, satisfying backdrop. For visitors, meanwhile, they are one of York's star attractions.

The Photographers Guide to the Yorkshire Dales, by Ellen Bowness

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1:39pm Saturday 21st June 2014

A new guide to photographing the Yorkshire Dales is a must for aspiring landscape photographers, says MADELEINE HOWELL

Isle of Man is the subject of funny book

10:47am Saturday 21st June 2014

A FORMER director of communications for the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has launched a new humorous travel book about the Isle of Man.

Selby author nominated for top writing contest

Gazette & Herald: Christina Gabbitas

7:50am Wednesday 11th June 2014

A SELBY author has said she is proud to have been nominated in a national writing competition.

Festival of Ideas: The heartbreak and hope of a holocaust survivor

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11:44am Saturday 7th June 2014

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss - the stepsister of Anne Frank - will be in York later this month for the Festival of Ideas. She spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS

Famous children’s writer Michael Morpurgo coming to York

Gazette & Herald: Michael Morpurgo

8:56am Thursday 5th June 2014

THE author whose children’s book inspired the film “War Horse” will be in York later this month as part of the York Festival of Ideas.

Angel of Death by Ben Cheetham (Head of Zeus, £7.99)

Gazette & Herald: Angel of Death by Ben Cheetham (Head of Zeus, £7.99)

3:16pm Friday 30th May 2014

Ben Cheetham uses his home-town of Sheffield as the backdrop to this hard-hitting thriller.

Tweet of the Day by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss (Saltyard Books, £25)

Gazette & Herald: Tweet of the Day by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss (Saltyard Books, £25)

3:14pm Friday 30th May 2014

Tweet in this case refers to bird songs. Radio 4 has done a great deal to familiarise us with the vast variety of British bird songs and in this fascinating book we are drawn to learn more about our birds that can entertain us if only we would listen to them. No doubt we are aware of them, but do we really listen?

The strangest ever over...

2:19pm Saturday 24th May 2014

Former York journalist Dan Waddell's latest book tells the extraordinary story of an English cricket team which toured Nazi Germany in 1937. One of the English innocents abroad was a young Peter Terry, of the York chocolate family. STEPHEN LEWIS reports

Fly author Mike Barfield to make buzz at Hay festival

Gazette & Herald: Mike Barfield in his fly costumePic: Alice Barfield

2:03pm Saturday 24th May 2014

WHEN it comes to making a living by dressing up as a giant housefly, Mike Barfield more or less has the market cornered.

Children’s author in hope of award

Gazette & Herald: Christina Gabbitas is the author of the Felicity Fly children’s series

9:09am Saturday 24th May 2014

AN author from Selby is days away from finding out whether she has won a national award.

Steve Mosby discusses the highlights of this year's Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

Gazette & Herald: Author Steve Mosby is the chair of this year’s Crime Writers Festival in Harrogate

11:46am Saturday 17th May 2014

Crime writer Steve Mosby, chair of this year's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, tells JULIAN COLE about the darker side of his imagination, and discusses festival highlights

Pupils to meet former Children’s Laureate at book festival

Gazette & Herald: Michael Morpurgo

11:04am Wednesday 7th May 2014

SCHOOL pupils in Ryedale are being invited to meet former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, when he visits Malton later this year.

The Bossall Treasure by Douglas G Pearson (Self-published by DouglasG Pearson, £9.99 on Amazon, Kindle version £6.24)

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1:36pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

HERE'S one for stay-at-home adventurers – an armchair treasure hunt with a book as your guide.

York In War And Peace by David Rubinstein (Quack books, £10)

Gazette & Herald: P 11/11/98: World War 1 Pick up pix from York Ref Library.  1919 and the city celebrates the peace.  Street party in Moss Street.  First World War. (5892217)

1:29pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

HERE'S a neat idea in a year that marks both the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day: a book 'topping and tailing' the two world wars from the perspective of the York people who fought in and lived through them.

Local writers give insight into First World War

Gazette & Herald: LOOKING BACK: A photograph from the book showing a bombed house in Scarborough in 1914

11:08am Wednesday 30th April 2014

TWO local writers have turned a keen interest in to a soon to be published book detailing the history of the First World War.

Journey of a long life

Gazette & Herald: Journalist and mature student John Scott with his new book ...........Nigel Holland. (5671729)

12:04pm Saturday 26th April 2014

JOHN Scott very nearly never became a journalist. If he hadn't been colour blind, a career as a railway engineer might have beckoned.

The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton £7.99)

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3:06pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

When Robert Moreno, an American citizen, is murdered in a luxury hotel in the Bahamas, it has every sign of being a contract killing.

Murder On A Summer's Day by Frances Brody (Piatkus £8.99)

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3:02pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Kate Shackleton has formed a reputation for her detective work in the days after the Great War and in this the fifth book of the series she is summoned by her cousin James, now working in the India Office, to go to investigate a disappearance of Maharajah Narayan who is presently staying at the Devonshire Arms Hotel at Bolton Abbey.

Library to host book night celebration

Gazette & Herald: Linda Green, bestselling ‘chick lit’ author, who will be reading from her latest novel, talking about her love of books and her inspiration to write at  the World Book Night event at Pickering Library

9:52am Wednesday 16th April 2014

PICKERING library is to host a flagship event for World Book Night.

Literature festival has legs and could be great for York

Gazette & Herald: Miles Salter with BBC journalist and Mastermind Presenter John Humphrys at St Peter's School. Please use Photo credit: John Illingworth

1:26pm Saturday 5th April 2014

York Literature Festival director MILES SALTER reflects on what has been a brilliant seventh festival

The Skinning Tree by Srikumar Sen (Alma Books, £7.99)

3:42pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

 IT IS the early 1940s and nine-year-old Sabby lives in Calcutta where he attends a small first school and, when alone, watches the colourful world of India go by.

Holland House by Linda Kelly (I B Taurus, £25)

3:42pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

MANY walk through Holland Park in London without realising its great political importance, for it is there that once stood here a great Jacobean house owned and restored by the third Lord Holland and his wife Lady Elizabeth Holland, who had dared to defy convention by going through a divorce to marry him.

The Truth Of The Line by Melanie V Taylor (MadeGlobal Publishing. Available through Amazon also an ebook)

8:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

IN 1559, Nicholas Hillyarde and his friend, Thomas Bodley rescue a young boy from being beaten up and this encounter changes Nicholas’ life, for this boy, Marcus, is the son of Mistress Teerlinc, a painter of miniatures at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

Sweet Dreams Little One by Massimo Gramellini (Alma Books, £11.99)

8:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

PART fiction and part biography this is the story of a young boy’s experience of losing his mother at the age of nine and how his overwhelming grief colours his youth and early adulthood.

Stars of science and politics at York Literature Festival

Gazette & Herald: A talk by Lord Winston on “Are We Facing the End of Humanity?”

1:29pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

The York Literature Festival is upon us once more. STEPHEN LEWIS looks at some highlights of the week ahead.

The Sea And Civilization by Lincoln Paine (Atlantic Books, £30)

Gazette & Herald: Bill Spence

3:12pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

THE sea, no matter how far we live from it, is, and always has been, a great influence on our lives throughout history.

The Sweet Smell Of Decay by Paul Lawrence (Allison & Busby, £7.99)

Gazette & Herald: Bill Spence

3:10pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

THIS is the first story in a historical crime series that relates the exploits of Harry Lytle, who was the clerk at the Tower of London.

Labour MP Alan Johnson has a date with York Literature Festival

Gazette & Herald: Alan Johnson will be appearing in York later this month

2:34pm Saturday 15th March 2014

Alan Johnson’s childhood memoir This Boy is no typical politician’s autobiography. STEPHEN LEWIS spoke to him ahead of his appearance at the York Literature Festival later this month.

Painting Under Pressure - Fame Reputation And Demand In Renaissance Florence by Michelle O’ Malley (Yale University Press, £30)

3:16pm Thursday 13th March 2014

FIFTEENTH century Florence was the centre of new ideas and fresh approaches in all scholarly pursuits and especially, as we know it to have been, for painting and all fine art works.

The Advent Killer by Alastair Gunn (Michael Joseph, £6.99)

3:15pm Thursday 13th March 2014

WHEN two bodies were found murdered shortly before Christmas on consecutive Sundays at precisely one o’clock, DCI Antonia Hawkins knows she has a serial killer to contend with on her first major case.

Austen’s Women at the York Literature Festival. Studio Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Friday March 28

Gazette & Herald: Actress Rebecca Vaughan in Austen character

12:44pm Saturday 8th March 2014

The voices of some of Jane Austen’s most unforgettable female characters will be brought to glorious life in an event at this year’s York Literature Festival. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Crucible Of Fate by Andy Johnson (Spiderwize £11.99)

Gazette & Herald:

12:38pm Saturday 8th March 2014

ON June 6, 1944, the Allies launched their long-awaited invasion of Nazi Europe.

Record ticket sales for York Literature Festival

Gazette & Herald: Actress Rebecca Vaughan

12:46pm Saturday 8th March 2014

THIS year’s York Literature Festival is enjoying record ticket sales.

J K Rowling bound for Harrogate crime festival

Gazette & Herald: JK Rowling

2:03pm Saturday 1st March 2014

EUROPE’S largest celebration of crime writing has pulled off a coup by featuring Harry Potter author JK Rowling in her first and only appearance in 2014 to answer questions as Robert Galbraith – her crime-writer alter-ego.

York Literature Festival: How to make crime pay

Gazette & Herald: Helen Cadbury in Deans Park, York

2:01pm Saturday 1st March 2014

CRIME might well pay for northern writers who fancy entering a literary competition with a criminal bent.

Review: The Sure Thing: The Greatest Coup In Horse Racing History, Nick Townsend (Century, £20)

Gazette & Herald: Review: The Sure Thing: The Greatest Coup In Horse Racing History, Nick Townsend (Century, £20)

1:05pm Saturday 1st March 2014

BARNEY CURLEY is a legend among punters.

A chapter in the history of Sinnington Village

Gazette & Herald: Sinnington school football team circa 1895

4:07pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

FORTY years of research has culminated in the publication of a new book looking at the village of Sinnington.

Tracking the past of former Kirkbymoorside railway station

Gazette & Herald: Members of the Kirkbymoorside History Group, from left, Robin Butler, Rita Gibson, Ann Wilson, Louise Mudd, Chris Boddy, Ed Denney and Judy Barker

10:31am Wednesday 12th February 2014

THE history of a Ryedale railway station has been revisited in a new book – 50 years since it closed.

Fast Cooking By James Martin (Quadrille £20)

Gazette & Herald: Fast Cooking By James Martin (Quadrille £20)

8:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

WHEN I first looked at this latest book from the Maltonborn celebrity chef, I thought that the recipes were either too fancy or going to take too long, but I was wrong on both counts.






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