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Read the opening extract of the brand new Susan Lanigan book before its publication on 01/09/2014















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Books for Christmas

Christmas Gift Books

Click any of the 'red' links below to be taken straight to the area of Christmas Gifts that interests you. And don't forget to have a look at our 'Books of the Year 2013' category. Perfect for you to catch up, and gift, the best fiction this year...

Fiction
Biography/History/Real World
Sport
Food & Drink
Humour/Stocking Fillers
Poetry
Teen/Young Adult

Reader Reviewed Wars of the Roses: Stormbird
Conn Iggulden
October 2013 MEGA Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the recent TV drama The White Queen looked...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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The Queen Of Four Kingdoms
HRH Princess Michael, of Kent
October 2013 Book of the Month. A time of high stakes and high risk; this dramatic period of English and French history is captivatingly brought to life as it is told through the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2013
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Reader Reviewed A Tap on the Window
Linwood Barclay
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a whole...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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The New Countess
Fay Weldon
November 2013 Book of the Month. Sadly the final instalment of the upstairs/downstairs romp in Dilbert Court, Hampshire. I say sadly only because there are no more to look forward to. It’s 1905...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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The Gods of Guilt
Michael Connelly
November 2013 Book of the Month. “Call me asap – 187” says the text, 187 being the California penal code for murder. Lawyer Mickey Haller sees money and knows he will have to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/11/2013
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Reader Reviewed Taking the Fall
A. P. McCoy
November 2013 Book of the Month. The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
November 2013 Book of the Month. Rankin recently announced he is taking a year off so this is your last fix for a bit. Rebus is back on the force after his time...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Revenge
Martina Cole
If you can stomach the language and have a penchant for the dark underbelly of the criminal world then this roller-coaster read is for you. Shockingly brutal, with a series of vicious twists and turns, Martina’s latest book combines a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
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Reader Reviewed The Valley of Amazement
Amy Tan
November 2013 Book of the Month. Spanning fifty years and two continents, 'The Valley of Amazement' dramatises the collapse of China's imperial dynasty and the secret life of the courtesan house. Unfolding old...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2013
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Reader Reviewed How to Fall in Love
Cecelia Ahern
November 2013 Book of the Month. Christine, very conscientiously, runs an employment agency where she takes a great interest in her clients, attempting to assist them in every way she can. She is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
Sebastian Faulks
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. This is Sebastian Faulks’ homage to P G Wodehouse and a very fine one it is too. Faulks captures the Wodehouse spirit in a knowing and sympathetic way. The characters are varied and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop
Jenny Colgan
Continuing the life of Rosie in the Derbyshire village where she inherited her aunt’s sweetshop. You don’t need to have read the first to enjoy this but you’ll enjoy knowing the major players better if you have. Rosie is in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales
Kate Mosse
An easy read of fourteen short stories and a one act play, all with a mystical theme which Kate Mosse is so good at portraying. Each is accompanied by an author’s note and although some have been published before, have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
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Kill List
Frederick Forsyth
The master storyteller is back with a vengeance. Two main characters dominate with various sub plots involving Somali pirates and the like but this is in essence traditional Forsyth, a classic cat-and-mouse thriller. There is a jihadist known as the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Helen Fielding
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. Ms Fielding and Ms Jones are both back on fine form in this riotously funny third adventure. Mad About the Boy, set in contemporary London Introduces us to a whole new enticing phase...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning the pages. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
M. C. Beaton
Light, witty and engaging this is the 24th case for the bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha. A do-gooder with an unfortunate habit is found dead and Agatha is employed to uncover the killer. But she is stonewalled by the locals...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The Pagan Lord
Bernard Cornwell
This is the sort of book that once started you resent having to put it down so don’t begin it too late at night. It is the seventh in the Warrior Chronicles but you can read it on its own....
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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No Man's Nightingale
Ruth Rendell
The 24th Wexford whodunit has him coming out of retirement at the request of his old colleague Mike Burden (but unpaid) to investigate the murder of a mix-race female vicar – lots of expected prejudice there then! Ruth Rendell’s last...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2013
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Cross and Burn
Val McDermid
Opening with the thoughts of a serial killer and then continuing with short chapters, this quickly draws the reader into the lives of the profiler Tony Hill, the victims, relatives of the victims and the other police officers (interestingly mainly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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One Night in Winter
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Set in Moscow just after WW2 this is a superbly written historical thriller full of secrets, lies and adultery - which in communist Russia at that time really were deadly sins.Two children from Moscow’s Elite educational establishment (School...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Jack of Spies
David Downing
September 2013 eBook of the Month. A fast-paced, highly enjoyable classic action adventure novel set just before the outbreak of WW1. Jack McColl travels the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2013
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Reader Reviewed Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
October 2013 Book of the Month. Author of the impressive The Thirteenth Tale with another powerful historical novel with a strange twist and a certain amount of mythology about rooks! Set in...
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Refusal
Felix Francis
September 2013 Book of the Month. A tale of race fixing and deadly intrigue in the racing world from the pen of Dick Francis’ younger son, Felix. Sid Halley, a former British...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Reader Reviewed The Golem and the Djinni
Helene Wecker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. August 2013 Debut of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2013
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Traitor's Gate
Michael Ridpath
June 2013 eBook of the Month. A nerve-shredding, intelligent thriller based around the first plot to kill Hitler, the story of a secret conflict ignited on the eve of World War Two.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2013
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Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
June 2013 Book of the Month. A gripping psychological thriller from Costa shortlisted novelist Louise Doughty. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/06/2013
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A Delicate Truth
John le Carre
May 2013 Book of the Month. A tightly woven tale of moral dilemma, bold action and unexpected love from the undisputed master of the spy novel. Le Carré, seemingly effortlessly, delivers a stunningly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/04/2013
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Flesh Wounds
Christopher Brookmyre
How far would you go to protect the people you love? Would you take a fall? Would you take a bullet?This is Chris Brookmyre's darkest and most complex book yet.Would you take a life?
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Solo A James Bond Novel
William Boyd
A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Expo 58
Jonathan Coe
The master of social satire turns to the Cold War for his latest comedy and has the hapless Thomas Foley way out of his depth in a Brussels staging the first world fair since the Second World War. That...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Reader Reviewed Sense & Sensibility
Joanna Trollope
November 2013 MEGA Book of the Month. Author of 17 bestselling contemporary novels Joanna Trollope has used her skills of astute yet sensitive observation of the ‘human condition’ to reboot Jane Austen’s Sense...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2013
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Alexander McCall Smith
Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband, but after her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe's challenging but irreplaceable associate Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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Egyptomania Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs
Bob Brier
Bob Brier, an American Egyptologist is an avid collector of artefacts that have reflected the West’s fascination with Egypt. The items range from perfume bottles to sheet music, books and film, numerous household articles and even such objects as cigarette...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/11/2013
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Biography/History/Real World
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The Adventurer's Handbook From Surviving an Anaconda Attack to Finding Your Way Out of a Desert
Mick Conefrey
November 2013 Travel Book of the Month. Fully illustrated and replete with fascinating text boxes of trivia (how should you address a husky in Alaska?), The Adventurer's Handbook is the perfect gift for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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What a Wonderful World One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
Marcus Chown
November 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A brilliant book that makes you realise, with more than a hint of humour, how much you don’t know. Why do we breathe? What is money?...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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One Hundred and Four Horses
Mandy Retzlaff
November 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. In Zimbabwe white farmers are forced off their land, having to flee leaving almost everything behind – including their animals. As the Retzlaff family move across...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2013
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The Great Tapestry of Scotland
Alistair Moffat, Andrew Crummy
Following on from the paperback guide to the Tapestry, this new hardback shows the Tapestry in full colour plates together with details of the project, explanations of the history depicted in each panel and how over 500 volunteer stitchers created...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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On the Road Growing Up in Eight Journeys
Richard Hammond
From passenger in his Dad’s car, the first bike, the first motorbike and car and then the delivery van, a first job delivering furniture, each journey recalls a chapter in Richard Hammond’s life, a clever way of recalling his early...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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To the Letter A Journey Through a Vanishing World
Simon Garfield
From desperate Roman Soldiers pleading for warm socks to ordering the shopping on line via love letters, greetings, thank you letters and literary outpourings. A wonderful ramble through the art of written communication over the centuries from those first cold...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
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Great Britain's Great War A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly
Jeremy Paxman
An in-the-round history of Britain during the first world war examining the experience of a country fighting a world war from humble factory worker to soldier to politician and journalist. How did people cope both physically and mentally and perhaps...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The Rocket Man And Other Extraordinary Characters from the History of Flight
David Darling
November 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. David Darling’s is a most agreeable voyage through the history of flight and the men – and women who took such risks in the battle to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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England's 100 Best Views
Simon Jenkins
Our crowded little country still has the power to amaze as the 100 views chosen by Simon Jenkins shows so well. There is the grand landscape, the coastal scene but also the village and city, a diversity of scene made...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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Churchill's Bomb
Graham Farmelo
The world would have been a very different place if Churchill had changed his approach to the nuclear challenge. As Graham Farmelo makes clear, there were too many personal whims, reliance on dubious advice and the shoring up of what...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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Bonkers My Life in Laughs
Jennifer Saunders
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013. Amazing that Jennifer Saunders has managed to cram her life into just one volume – there is material enough for a trilogy at least. And it’s not all Bolly and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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The King's Grave The Search for Richard III
Michael Jones, Philippa Langley
October 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. From the woman who was convinced that Richard III lay under that Leicester car park. Together with historian Michael Jones she shares the inside story of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The Beatles - All These Years Volume One: Tune in
Mark Lewisohn
The Beatles have been at the top for fifty years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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Under a Mackerel Sky
Rick Stein
Rick Stein didn’t follow the usual route to becoming a top Chef, but with a defunct nightclub on his hands he reopened it as a restaurant, his first foothold in Padstow. Good fortune followed when he was spotted in a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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The British A Genetic Journey
Alistair Moffat
November 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Based on a new set of DNA samplings – one of the biggest yet, Alistair Moffat and James Flett Wilson are able to reveal the history...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/03/2013
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The Novel Cure An A to Z of Literary Remedies
Susan Elderkin, Ella Berthoud
I’d like to think there’ll be a copy of this book in every Doctors / Psychiatrists office and when we want to give up smoking, need painkillers for PMT or insomnia or any one of a thousand physical and mental...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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As Luck Would Have it
Sir Derek Jacobi
Star of stage, screen and television, and one of only two people to be awarded two Knighthoods, Sir Derek Jacobi is one of Britain's most distinguished actors. 'If you want to be an actor, don't. If you need to be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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How Many Camels are There in Holland? Dementia, Ma and Me
Phyllida Law
A moving, funny, poignant and ultimately incredibly sad account of how Phyllida Law and family try to cope with her Mother’s encroaching Alzheimer’s. A constant battle to keep her at home and safe, it’s exhausting work but somehow they keep...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/02/2013
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Man on the Run Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Tom Doyle
September 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Tom Doyle harks back to the 1970’s a time when Paul McCartney’s life was in total contrast to the man he is today. For Paul McCartney,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2013
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Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914
Sir Max Hastings
The end papers of the book testify to the Catastrophe of the title, we start with an idyllic late Victorian boating scene and end with a scene of carnage at the Battle of the Marne. The tragedy of the war...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Maeve's Times
Maeve Binchy
Written over the last 50 years, the best of Maeve Binchy’s journalism. An acute observer of humanity, she brings her unique view of people and place to these pieces. Like for Like ReadingAches & Pains, Maeve...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Nelson, Navy and Nation The Rise of British Sea Power, 1688-1815
Quintin Colville and James Davey
Some really excellent illustrations in this guide to the Navy in the time of Nelson. The illustrations are taken from the collection of the National Maritime Museum and the book is intended as a companion to the opening of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Recipe for Life
Mary Berry
September 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Mary Berry’s journey to become the Nation’s favourite baker has been a long one. Starting in near tragedy she turned to cooking after a childhood bout...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Island How Islands Transform the World
J. Edward Chamberlin
A rather dull cover hides a rich and continually surprising tour of the World’s islands. There is for British readers, our own island, there are the islands we know, islands in rivers, lakes and sea, There are islands of fable...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2014. An enthralling story from the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun exploring love, race and identity, centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/04/2013
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Faster Than Lightning: My Autobiography
Usain Bolt
From humble beginnings to Olympic accolades and becoming known as the Fastest Man on Earth. How did it happen and how has it changed Usain Bolt? His athletic ability, his charisma and appeal have won him a huge fandom who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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A History of Cricket in 100 Objects
Gavin Mortimer
Gavin Mortimer entertains with his diverting views of a great game through key objects in its history. And by using these key objects he is able to recount a history of how this sport began and the strange and meandering...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Matt Dawson's Lions Tales
Matt Dawson
Facts, anecdotes, history and humour, an up-close look at the world of the rugby Lions, with Matt Dawson looking back at 125 years of Lion history. Like for Like ReadingLion Man: The Autobiography, Ian McGeechan
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Food & Drink
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Eat - The Little Book of Fast Food
Nigel Slater
Winner of the Specsavers Food and Drink Book of the Year 2013. Quite a large book actually whatever the title says, there’s a whopping 500+ recipe ideas and Nigel Slater’s aim is to make this the default book for your everyday...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Mark Hix: The Collection
Mark Hix
If you love good food and want to eat the best British ingredients – then this is the book to keep by your side. If you look at books such as this; large hardback volumes by leading chefs, they can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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The French Kitchen 200 Recipes from the Master of French Cooking
Michel, Jr. Roux
Classic recipes clearly explained, a guide to the glories of French provincial cuisine with the recipes replicating everything from the earthiest peasant dish to the highest of haute cuisine. Good food, the very best ingredients cooked as simply as possible,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
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Mary Berry's Christmas Collection
Mary Berry
Dealing with Christmas food can be a nightmare so why not let Mary Berry take the strain? Her book features all the recipes you’ll need with ideas on how to plan, how to shop, what you can cook ahead and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Mr Todiwala's Bombay: Recipes and Memories from India
Cyrus Todiwala
A trip back to Bombay, the place where Cyrus Todiwala grew up and learned to cook. Together with his wife Pervin, they uncover memories, seek out the food they loved and recreate the recipes ranging through street food, home cooking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2013
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Michael Caines at Home
Michael Caines
Michael Caines’ first book and therefore a privileged look at how he creates some of the signature dishes, that have made his name. This may not be food you can do in 15 minutes and you may have to shell...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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My Little French Kitchen Over 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares and Shores of France
Rachel Khoo
Rachel Khoo leaves Paris for an exploration of regional France. She tours the countryside and villages, towns and seashore and shares some of the gorgeous food she found along the way.Like for Like ReadingFrench Provincial Cooking,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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A La Mere De Famille Artisanal Recipes
Julian Merceron, Jean Cazals
In the current mood of austerity sometimes a cook wants to break out the sugar jar, grab a bar of the best chocolate and get cooking. Well, there isn’t a better book to follow than A La Mere de Famille....
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2013
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Max Allen's Wine Know How
Max Allen
You may be a complete novice, you may know something about the odd bottle or two, whatever your wine knowledge there’s much to be gained from Max Allen’s concise guide book. He will guide you through choosing a wine for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2013
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Gino's Italian Escape
Gino D'Acampo
There’s something very appealing about Gino D’Acampo’s approach to food, it is after all his passion and this shows through in this tour of Italy taking in both classic and new dishes - not forgetting the food that Mama used...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2013
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Humour/Stocking Fillers
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The Elements of Eloquence How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Mark Forsyth
From the bestselling wordmaster Mark Forsyth, an investigation into what makes a memorable phrase, what makes it stick in our minds and get quoted endlessly. He analyses what makes something like “To be or not to be” so successful, then...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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102 Things to Do in Winter
Alex Quick
Seasonal things to do - Alex Quick will remind you of things you used to do, bring in plenty of new ideas and at the same time give you the low-down on what other cultures get up to in winter....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2013
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Peas & Queues The Minefield of Modern Manners
Sandi Toksvig
These are not the manners of Emily Post but a guide – and a reminder- that manners make for a civilised society. There are the things we should know and do – queuing without shoving, no spitting in the street...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
From the top BBC comedy show Pointless here are the 100 absolutely most pointless arguments to rot your brain. Quickly brushing aside the Why are we here question and that old favourite, Does God exist - yes or no -they...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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You Can Beat Your Brain How to Turn Your Enemies into Friends, How to Make Better Decisions, and Other Ways to be Less Dumb
David McRaney
If you want your personal sense of superiority punctured (and we all have one) then David McRaney is the man to do it. A follow-up to his You Are Not So Smart, here are more revelations into the not-so-perfect...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2013
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We're Going On A Bar Hunt A Parody
Josie Lloyd, Emlyn Rees
“We’re going on a bar hunt. We’re going to find a cool one. The babysitter’s booked – We’re not old!” So chant the optimistic parents at the beginning of the book. But the bar hunt doesn’t quite go to plan...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2013
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Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons The Origins of English in Ten Words
Paul Jones
This clever book collects together hundreds of the most intriguing, surprising and little known histories and etymologies of a whole host of English words. From ancient place names to unusual languages, and obscure professions to military slang. It is a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2013
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Bridget and Joan's Diary Mad About the Toy Boy
Bridget Golightly and Joan Hardcastle
The diary Bridget Jones might write if she makes it to a care home. Where the tally of daily consumption of wine and cigarettes has translated into tea drunk and loo visits made. Still mad, still wearing purple, Bridget and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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Does My Goldfish Know Who I am? And Hundreds More Big Questions from Little People Answered by Experts
Gemma Elwin Harris, Alexander Armstrong, Sir David Attenborough, Brian Cox
October 2013 Book of the Month. 300 questions provided by some fact-seeking primary-school children give a host of world-class experts the challenge to come up with the short and snappy answers. To make...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The Best of Matt
Matthew Pritchett
Consistently sharp and on the button, Matt distils the last twelve months through his Daily Telegraph cartoons. Like for Like ReadingPrivate Eye: A Cartoon History, Nick Newman (Editor)The Best of Alex 2013, Russell Taylor...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2013
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The Horologicon A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
Mark Forsyth
A lovely mix of rediscovered words spiced with some choice arcane information, all delivered in a dawn to dusk scenario so we can select the new additions to our vocabulary as we go about our daily round. When you reach...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Afterliff
John Lloyd, Jon Canter
I first came across this splendid way of reassigning some of Britain’s splendid place names as words in a couple of Paul Jennings’ pieces written for The Observer. Now sadly forgotten he was a past master (none of your Bovey...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2013
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There Was an Old Geezer Called Caesar A History of the World in 100 Limericks
Mick Twister
A good Christmas stocking gift for the historically inclined, a history of the world in 100 limericks no less. It covers a good few million years from the birth of the planet (There once was a great ball of gas...)...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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How to Sound Really Clever
Hubert Van Den Bergh
A fun way to expand your vocabulary - there’s nothing more cringe making than trying to impress and getting your words wrong. Wordsmith, Hubert van den Bergh provides 600 of the more obscure English words that can be used to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Crap Dad Jokes Because Dads Aren't as Funny as They Think They are
Ian Allen
Groanworthy jokes collected from Dads who really should have known better. If your Dad is stuck in the rut with the same three jokes he learned back in 1970 then perhaps it’s time to expand his repertoire so that you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/06/2013
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How to Sound Clever Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand...When You Don't
Hubert Van Den Bergh
600 words you think you know the meaning of but most probably don’t and misuse. Salubrious and desultory were surprises, even in the Lovereading office. Avoid all future embarrassments by getting the book today. A simply brilliant book that will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/04/2013
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102 English Things to Do
Alex Quick
As well as perfecting your stiff upper lip, the thoroughly English person might also want to get a bit out of their comfort zone in achieving their 102 English Things to Do. How about (after having a nice tea) a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2013
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The Bumper Book of Simon's Cat
Simon Tofield
A collection of the best cartoons from Simon Tofield’s first three books with the added bonus of some fresh new material and for anyone who wants a Simon’s cat of their own, a nifty how to draw section. Like for Like...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2013
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You Made Me Late Again! My New Collection
Pam Ayres
From the dog being afraid of the toaster to your son leaving home for university; and from the search for that perfect swimsuit to becoming a gran for the first time, this title includes poems that deal with everyday and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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1914: Poetry Remembers
Carol Ann Duffy
The First World War holds a unique place in the nation's history; the poetry it produced, a unique place in the nation's hearts. To mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2013
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Reader Reviewed Tinder
Sally Gardner
Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinder Box. Tinder tells how a young and romantic soldier finds true love by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Reader Reviewed Dark Satanic Mills
Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick
Award-winning Marcus Sedgwick has teamed up with authors and illustrators to create a page turning, apocalyptic story told in a striking black and white comic book form. Set in a dark future with England in a state of physical collapse...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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ZOM-B Baby
Darren Shan
Zom-B Baby is the fifth instalment in Darren Shan’s epic Zom-B series. In his latest book, the ‘Master of Horror’ gives readers relative pause for thought after the break-neck pace of the first four books. How do you know if you're...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Stormbringers
Philippa Gregory
The second in this epic series, Order of Darkness, from the Queen of Historical Fiction. Stormbringers is a dramatic adventure, with a hint of romance, set in medieval Europe after the fall of the Byzantine empire. Philippa Gregory excels in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2013
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Reader Reviewed She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn’t go alone; she takes her seven year old brother with her because she needs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The Fallen
Charlie Higson
The fifth terrifying part of Charlie Higson's bestselling ENEMY series, perfect for blood thirsty fans of 28 Days Later and Darren Shan's Zom-B series. Set in London in an apocalyptic future full of zombies, terror, fear and loathing. The fight...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Picture Me Gone
Meg Rosoff
The hugely anticipated sixth novel from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Meg Rosoff. Mila is on a mission: a mission to find her father’s best friend, Matthew, who has gone missing. Though only twelve years old, Mila’s razor-sharp perception means that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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More Than This
Patrick Ness
This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence – and answers some of them. Seth drowns. A horrible,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Holly Black
Best-selling Holly Black launches a chilling new contemporary fantasy series as gripping as her Spiderwick Chronicles. In Tana’s future-set world, vampires abound. In the walled cities - Coldtowns - infected blood suckers and humans live in deadly dangerous proximity never...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2013
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The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize Deservedly No 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, this heart-catching novel is fuelled by the rawest emotions deftly handled but never falsely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
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Maya's Notebook
Isabel Allende
Abandoned by her parents as a baby, Maya has been brought up by her tough grandmother Nini and her gentle grandfather Popo. At school though, teenage Maya finds herself drawn towards the wrong crowd. Before she knows what's happened, Maya's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2013
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