Book Review: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

Effie Talbot hasn’t been invited to the last hurrah at her beloved family home, Greenoaks. At least she doesn’t consider the passive-aggressive ‘anti-invitation’ she received from her dad’s shiny new girlfriend a…

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12 scary and spooky books to get you in the mood for Halloween

It’s officially spooky season! Time to bring out the candles, cosy knitwear and pumpkins for carving. If you’re a book lover, it also means filling your reading pile with suitably strange and…

Book Review: Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Abandoned by her mother as a small child and adopted as a daughter of Death and Fortune, Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given and every debt must be repaid.…

Matt Dunn on the inspiration behind Pug Actually, and why he’s eschewed the standard girl-meets-boy format for something that’s more girl-meets-good-boy

Back – way back – when I was a teenager, our family dog Patch was quite a character. Part Fox Terrier, other parts unknown, we were sure he was descended from a…

London Film Festival 2021: The best of the rest of the fest

With over 150 features in this year’s programme, inevitably some of the best films in the London Film Festival 2021 flew under the radar. Here are five worthy of greater attention: What…

Book Review: The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

‘A nail-biting cold-war thriller, set against the desperate Apollo mission that never really happened… or did it?’ – that’s how director James Cameron billed Chris Hadfield’s debut fiction novel, The Apollo Murders,…

Wild Indian – BFI London Film Festival Review

It’s 1988, and Native American child Makwa (Phoenix Wilson) is bullied at home and bullied at school; his only friend in the world is Ted-O (Julian Gopal). One day, seemingly out of…