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The Burning Shadow, By Michelle Paver. Puffin, £12.99

The once-popular Victorian writer RM Ballantyne regularly channelled real-life adventures for his stories. His natural successor is Michelle Paver, whose children's books have sold over two million copies. A misleadingly demure former City lawyer, for research purposes she has swum with killer whales, gone seal hunting in Greenland and followed reindeer in Finland. For this Mediterranean Bronze Age novel, she has taken it comparatively easy, only crawling through claustrophobic copper mines and exploring a volcano.

Review: The Silent Tide, By Rachel Hore

In her previous five novels, Hore has been adept at creating credible characters in historical settings. Her latest intersperses the life in contemporary London of Emily, enjoying her new publishing job, with that of Isabel, who arrived semi-destitute at her glamorous aunt’s house in London in 1948, and fell into a job in publishing. Emily is charged with finding out more about a recently deceased writer named Hugh Morton, whose impending biography will be published by her firm.

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Veteran television and radio star Sir Terry Wogan has told how widespread rumours about Jimmy Savile used to sweep the BBC but nobody did anything about them.

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Booms and busts – the state of the Irish nation, and the Irish family

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The cost of the Scotland Yard investigation into the so-called “plebgate” affair, which led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip, has reached £237,000.

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History and fiction blend in this cunningly mixed cocktail of wartime skullduggery

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Penguin promote new novel with Game of Thrones-inspired trailer

There are bodices and crowns, blood and sweat. There are old maps and ominous title cards saying “A Storm is Rising” and “A Kingdom in Peril”. No, it’s not a Game of Thrones trailer. It’s a YouTube advert for a book, Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses saga Stormbird, which is published next month.

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Book review: The Lowland, By Jhumpa Lahiri

Brothers entwined in a family tragedy

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Nadine Dorries wins six figure book deal

The trio of novels will be based around Irish Catholic families living in Liverpool struggling against poverty, hardship and abuse

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Between the Covers 08/09/2013

What's really going on in the world of books

Invisible Ink: No 189 - When books become brands

Like it or not, authors are popularised by their most famous creations and, when films are produced from them, the work becomes a brand, so Conan Doyle is feted for Holmes alone and Arthur C Clarke is simply the 2001 man. There are 23 Jane Eyre movies, and after the recent Chinese ballet version at Sadler's Wells, I daresay No 24 is planned.

A Very British Murder, by Lucy Worsley. BBC Books, £20

In an era of mass literacy but not the total exposure of today, the classic homicide flourished

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