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Jeremy Thompson - a life making headlines on the frontline of history started in Yorkshire

Jeremy Thompson has covered many of the biggest stories of our time. Chris Bond talks to him about honing his craft in Yorkshire, getting shot at and befriending Nelson Mandela.

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War story: Benedict Cumberbatch as Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game. (PA/Studio Canal).

The Leeds warship that helped break the Enigma code

It’s 75 years this week since Bletchley Park received the codebooks that helped break the Enigma code. Hugh Sebag-Montefiore looks at the role played by HMS Aubretia.

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BOOKED IN: Founders Cheryl Duffield, Hannah Limming and Lou Fenton.

Independent children’s bookshop proves a novel idea in Leeds

Young bookworms will be spoiled for choice now Leeds’ only independent children’s bookshop has launched in a city suburb.

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Inside Leeds' new children's bookshop

Inside Leeds' new children's bookshop

Young bookworms in Chapel Allerton will be spoiled for choice now that Leeds’ only independent children’s bookshop has opened in the suburb.

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The signed copy of the Harry Potter book.

First edition Harry Potter book sells for £106,250 - here’s how to tell if you have one

A signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold for a world record £106,250.

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FESTIVAL MEMORIES: Sharon Clement in The Ship, designed and made by Hughbon Condor in 2002. PIC: Tim Smith

Photo book chronicles 50 years of Leeds West Indian Carnival

A picture book is celebrating 50 years of Leeds West Indian Carnival.

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Illustrator Ian Beck. Photo: Graham Miller

WIN: Your Christmas Carol inspired story turned into an illustrated children's book by Amazon

Inspired by A Christmas Carol to write a new children's story?

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Alan Bennett.

Leeds’s own Alan Bennett urges public funding of ‘indispensable’ libraries

Libraries are a vital community service and should be publicly funded, Alan Bennett has said.

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Child abduction and secrets on Ilkley Moor

Child abduction and secrets on Ilkley Moor

A Yorkshire author has chosen atmospheric Ilkley Moor as the setting for her harrowing new novel.

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IN CONVERSATION: George Costigan.

Ilkley Lit Festival holds In Conversation event with Happy Valley star

Fans of the actor George Costigan can find out more about his debut novel at Ilkley Lit Festival later this month.

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The funniest book titles using Leeds place names

The funniest book titles using Leeds place names

The hashtag 'Leedsifyanovel is trending on Twitter today.

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BIG NAME: Victoria Derbyshire is among the headliners at the festival.

Preview: Ilkley Literature Festival

One of the longest-running and most prestigious literary festivals in the North, Ilkley Literature Festival opens this weekend and, as always, there is a wide range of events to look forward to in its two and a half week run.

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John Cooper Clarke, who is appearing at Contains Strong Language in Hull. Picture: Gerald Jenkins

John Cooper Clarke: ‘I don’t see myself as a national treasure because I’m not dead yet’

John Cooper Clarke is pondering recent sources of inspiration for his poetry.

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First edition Harry Potter book sells for £60,000 - here’s how to tell if you have one

A rare, first-edition Harry Potter book sold at auction for a record-breaking £60,000 - more than 5,000 times its original £10.99 price tag.

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J R R Tolkiens correspondence with fellow writer Arthur Ransome, held in the Special Collections archive at the University of Leeds.

Tolkien and Leeds - The Hobbit author and his time in Yorkshire

It’s 80 years this week since The Hobbit was published. Its author, JRR Tolkien, lived in Leeds for a spell and his time here influenced his work, as Chris Bond discovered.

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Simon Jenkins with his new book The Yorkishire Beer Bible.

Raising a glass to Yorkshire’s brewing success

A new book takes readers on a journey through the drinking culture of our county, writes Duncan Bremner.

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Sarah Millican.

Preview: A host of bookish treats at Ilkley Literature Festival

There is another feast of literary treats in store at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival which, over 17 days, presents a packed programme of 250 events featuring novelists, broadcasters, poets, journalists and performers.

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#DRMARCEL:  Love Island's Marcel Somerville meets Melissa Gilpin from Cross Gates.
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YEP facebook live: Love Island star Marcel in Leeds

Check out this facebook live with Love Island star Marcel Somerville in Leeds.

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Enid Blyton grown ups spin off gets new titles

One of last Christmas’s bestselling books is getting a sequel as the Enid Blyton For Grown Ups series launches five new titles.

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Ten books about Leeds to read

Ten books about Leeds to read

If you want to find out more about Leeds, look no further than our essential reading list, full of heart-breaking memoirs, brilliant novels and fascinating histories.

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