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Ocean Sea, By Alessandro Bariccotrs Alexander McEwan

Allessandro Baricco's extraordinary novel describes what happens when several unusual characters, each burdened with a particular problem, meet at a remote seaside hotel.

The Orphanage (DVD)

Optimum Home EntertainmentIn this year's classiest ghost story, Belen Rueda and her husband buy the seaside orphanage where she spent her happy childhood and reopen it at as a home for the disabled. But when her own son goes into detail about his imaginary new friends, she wonders if they really are imaginary, after all. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, this Spanish chiller gets its scares from its unsettling atmosphere, wrenching emotion and stealthy plotting, rather than moments which make you jump. So when those moments do come along, you'll jump all the higher.

Paperbacks: Something Borrowed, by Paul Magrs

In this sequel to his Gothic hit Never the Bride, Magrs continues to out-spook Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley with his over-sized heroine Brenda, the erstwhile bride of Frankenstein.

Murder hunt launched as body found in suitcase

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a62-year-old man was found in a suitcase buried in Bournemouth – the latest incident in a "sudden escalation of quite horrific violence" in the seaside town.

Paperback: Revenant, by Tristan Hughes

Memorably set among the treacherous rocky shores and forlorn seaside villages of Ynys Mon, this novel braids the voices of three misfit friends into an elegy for their tarnished childhoods. From contrasting angles each remembers Del, the gawky and dauntless girl who led their outsiders' gang until the fateful adventure they have returned to remember. Moods and words, not plot, propel the book (with just a touch of Dylan Thomas-does-the-Famous Five). But Hughes's

Last Punch and Judy 'professor' is left stranded

For more than 300 years, children have loved to jeer as a violent hook-nosed hunchback beats his wife and assaults a policeman. They then cheer as justice is done and the villain is gobbled up by a crocodile.

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Brazil provides the art world with some of its most dynamic and inspirational graffiti: it features a dramatic use of distinctive colours, symbolism drawn from a rich South American culture, and, most importantly, the emotional responses that dire social iniquities provoke.

Fishing Lines: A bellyflop by Big Dave could save the Broadsfrom the sea

Looks like I'll be sea-fishing from my back garden soon if gloomy predictions by the Environment Agency come true. Rising sea levels could overwhelm defences around the Norfolk Broads in as little as one year's time, Lady Young, the agency's chief executive, has warned.

Album: Umalali, The Garifuna Women's Project (Cumbancha)

Ten years in the making, recorded in seaside huts and then put through a complex mastering process, this entrancing LP was powered by the enthusiasm of the great Belizean singer Andy Palacio who died suddenly in January, so it now becomes his posthumous tribute.

Out of the Blue (15)

The small seaside town of Aramoana, New Zealand, looks very beautiful in the opening scenes of this true-life drama. Peaceful, too, until one day in November 1990, when a lone gunman, David Gray, went berserk and shot dead 13 people.

Slow death of the seaside slot-machine arcades

A little-noticed change in last year's Gambling Act has had a devastating effect on entertainment complexes. Cahal Milmo reports
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