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Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL

Events of the week

HORRIBLE HISTORIES ROADSHOW

'The Soviet prison officers in Latvia were utterly brutal. Every prisoner who came to them was tortured. But they weren't the carefully planned tortures that the Nazis used. The Soviet jailers beat prisoners with railings broken from fences; crushed their fingers in the doors of their cells; put thin books over their heads and beat them with hammers (because they wanted to cause pain, not death from a fractured skull).' This is not Antony Beevor, but a kiddiefriendly version by Terry Deary (left). It's taken from The Woeful Second World War, one of 30 Horrible Histories, which have been selling in their millions since they first appeared 10 years ago. The facts and jokes, perked up by Neil Tonge's crudely satirical cartoons are irresistible to children - alright then, boys aged between eight and 12 - and not unappealing to adults. Terry Deary brings out the actor in himself at two performances at the British Museum.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1 (020-7323 8181). Sat 31 May, 11.30am & 3pm, booking essential, [pounds sterling]3.

ORANGE PRIZE READING EVENING

You're eligible for the [pounds sterling]30,000 Orange Prize For Fiction, regardless of nationality, age or where you live, so long as you write in English and you're a woman. …

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