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Urban Myth is a gripping thriller, set near Burley in the New Forest. The book charts a family holiday which turns into a horrifying ordeal. Strange goings-on in an old house, a kidnap and a sordid murder make for a holiday they’ll never forget! Local author James Raven has written a real page-turner which managed to keep me awake long into the night. It’s great following the story as it unravels across our region, zigzagging through well known villages and towns. It all seems so familiar, until the gruesome story becomes clearer, and then those

local haunts become rather spooky and full of secrets. The writing is fast-paced and the tension will leave you on the edge of the sofa. Raven writes a real heart-stopper, and this book is well worth a read. If you live in an isolated house in the

woods, this is not the kind of book you want to read before bedtime!

Published by Robert Hale, £19.99 Hardback. For more information, visit

Move over Charles Dickens! Here come some modern day, best-selling crime authors to Portsmouth bringing their views on grime, underworld and dodgy goings on. The Portsmouth Book Fest has been ongoing throughout October, with Britain’s top-selling thriller James Herbert paying a visit. The thrills continue with the CSI event on 03 November. It’s your chance to meet and mingle with top-selling crime authors Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves, Matt Hilton and Pauline Rowson and top forensic crime experts. Hear how the authors write their popular crime novels

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and find out how much they draw on real life experiences and experts. Learn about what really happens at a crime scene and how a fire investigation is worked. Find out about about cyber crime and internet stalking. See how the fingerprint bureau works and have your fingerprints taken… and much, much more.

John Pounds Centre, Queen Street, Portsmouth 10am – 4.30pm. For tickets, call 023 9268 8037 or for more information, visit

Arts & Books Listings Pamela Stephenson THE BRIDPORT LITERARY FESTIVAL

The Bridport Literary Festival is back in town for the eighth year running. Highlights include a talk by the Grande Dame of British crime writing, P.D. James who will be giving a light-hearted talk about her crime fiction. If it is laughs you’re after, then the comedienne-turned analyst Pamela Stephenson will be regaling audiences with snippets from her autobiography. Alex Danchev will be talking about his critically acclaimed book on the life of the artist Cezanne, which has been recognised as the best account yet of the


brilliant artist’s astonishing career. If history is your thing then Kate Hubbard’s new book Serving Victoria is a sparkling portrait of the court of Queen Victoria. In Jane Ridley’s exciting new biography of Edward VII, Bertie reveals much more than his scandalous womanizing.

For a full programme of events and to book tickets, please visit

EXHIBITIONS CAD Arts Exhibition, Original artworks from creative, talented local artists, Hayloft Gallery, Christchurch, 09 November until 20 December Collective Spirit Boat Project Exhibition, A chance to see the hand- crafted wooden yacht from the Cultural Olympiad Project, Café Space, Aspex, Portsmouth, Until 02 December Craft and Gift Fayre, With 125 stands there will be something for eve- ryone, Highfield Campus, Southampton University, Southampton, 25 November Crafti Creations Festive Craft Market, The Littledown Centre, Bournemouth 11 November In Our Own Words, Thoughts from Afghanistan, Straight from the Imperial War Museum this show by war artist Derek Eland features 400 cards written by troops sharing their thoughts about life on the front line, Russell-Cotes Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, 10 March 2013 Inspire, Contemporary craftwork carefully selected for perfect, unusual and individual presents and collectors’ pieces, Walford Mill, Wimborne, Until 31 December

In the thick of it, A woven space by Laura Ellen Bacon, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, Until 06 January 2013

Jochem Hendricks, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 06 November until 20 December Mayuri Boonham collection, Photographs drawings and sound bytes, Southampton City Art Gallery, South- ampton, Until 21 January Near Horizons, Local artist Wayne Jefferson exhibits bold, colourful landscapes, The Link Gallery, Winches- ter University, 07 November until 11 December

SCBWI British Isles’ fifth Annual Conference, Meet the industry’s top players for talks and advice, Winchester University, Winchester, 24-25 November Winter Exhibition, A big mixed show full of fantastic painting and sculptures all at highly affordable prices, Art Wave West, Morecombelake, Until 24 December

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