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“I’m not a marriage wrecker. I just help unhappy women leave a loveless marriage.”

The divorce coach has written a book to help unhappy women 
considering leaving their husbands. Catherine Scott reports.

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POET: Jacob Polley will be appearing at Scampston Hall as part of Ryedale Book Festival.

Well versed

Poet Jacob Polley’s latest collection won the T S Eliot award this year. He spoke to Yvette Huddleston ahead of his appearance at Ryedale Book Festival.

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WINNER: Jacob Polley's TS Eliot Award-winning collection Jackself.

Review: Jackself by Jacob Polley

This is the kind of poetry collection that is best approached like a novel. Settle down in a comfy chair and read it from start to finish.

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Author Frank White, 90, pictured at his home in Lincolnshire. (Scott Merrylees).

Author’s wartime novel published more than 50 years after his last one

Frank White’s new novel is set in the north of England during the Second World War and is being published 53 years after he wrote his last one. Chris Bond talked to him.

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Ian McMillan.

Ian McMillan: Travel writing and adventures close to home

One kind of writing I always fancied turning my hand to was Travel Writing; not just the kind where you go a hotel for free and write about it for a magazine in such glowing terms that when you go back years later, your yellowing article is still framed behind the reception desk.

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BEST SELLER: Author Joanna Trollope  is appearing at the festival.

Preview: Bradford litfest

This year’s Bradford Literature Festival runs for ten days from June 30 to July 9 and once again there is an impressive line-up of speakers and events.

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BARNSLEY BARD: Ian McMillan will be appearing as part of Unheard Voices next week.Picture: Scott Merrylees

Unheard voices

An event in Leeds next week will be highlighting the literary and cultural aspects of the ill-fated 1915-16 Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

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Ian McMillan: To erm is human

Er. So, er, I’ll, you know sort of start the column now. I’ll sit down at the thing, the whatyoucallit. Laptop thing. So. I’ll just write the whatsit. The er. The column.

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Lauren Child, pictured at her unveiling ceremony in Hull this week. (PA).

The new Children’s Laureate - why reading is more than just child’s play

Lauren Child was unveiled as the new Children’s Laureate this week. She talked to Chris Bond about her early influences and why a passion for reading early on stays with you for life.

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Domenica de Rosa whose literary alter-ego is Elly Griffiths. Picture by Sara Reeve.

How children’s author Elly Griffiths turned to a life of crime

The chair of this summer’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate talks to Julian Cole.

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DEBUT: Author Sarah Dunnakey whose first novel The Companion is published in July. PICTURE SARAH MASON PHOTOGRAPHY.

Secret history

Sarah Dunnakey’s debut novel The Companion combines the past and present to create a compelling mystery. She spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

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Exhibitions officer Olivia Threlkeld at Shandy Hall  with some of the 18th century literary prints

Writing’s on the wall at Shandy Hall

THEY were the cinema posters of their day, more than a century before the movies were invented.

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In the BBC drama To Walk Invisible, Charlotte Bronte cut a rather humourless figure. PA Photo/BBC/Gary Moyes.

Why are so many female authors portrayed as eccentric, lonely spinsters?

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, but female writers are often portrayed as loners. Not so says Emily Midorikawa in her new book A Secret Sisterhood.

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Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, , which has just been included on a new literary trail. Picture Scott Merrylees.

Exposing the literary history of England’s most famous houses

With the literary history of some of England’s most famous houses being brought to light, Stephen McClarence visits Renishaw Hall, home of the famously bookish Sitwell family. Pictures by Scott Merrylees.

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DEBUT: Author Luiza Sauma, a graduate of the University of Leeds, whose first novel Flesh and Bone and Water is out now.  Picture: Guilherme Heurich

Between two worlds

Luiza Sauma’s debut novel is set in London and her native Brazil exploring memory, love and loss. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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Ian McMillan: Why writing can be character-building

As a writer, I find the hardest thing to do is create characters who aren’t like me. Of course when I’m writing this column or writing poems then I can be the protagonist because, well, that’s what people expect, although of course the ‘I’ in the poem doesn’t necessarily have to be the poet themselves.

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Book Cover Handout of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, published by HarperCollins. See PA Feature BOOK Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/HarperCollins. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature BOOK Reviews.

Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

There are some books whose narrator is so well-written, so human and instantly engaging, that they have you right from the first line.

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Ian Rankin

The big read

Harrogate’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is inviting readers to help them celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus.

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Adams on her way to defeating Maryan Salazar at the First Direct Arena last weekend. (James Hardisty).

Nicola Adams pulls no punches in sharing her life story

Nicola Adams is a two-time Olympic champion and British sporting hero. Now the Leeds-born boxer has written about her remarkable life and rise to the top. Chris Bond talked to her.

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Fresh perspective

Fresh perspective

Leeds writer Clare Fisher is an exciting new voice in contemporary literature. With her debut novel out next month, she spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

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