Bestselling author and Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle is on hand with helpful advice on how to run a home on a budget, with solutions that don't cost the earth. Literally, these environmentally friendly hints and tips cover everything from how to remove mould safely to healthy, tasty and cheap meals with your trusty microwave.
Building on the hints and tips that already made her popular with her readers and on social media, this is a vital guide for anyone looking to use 2024 to budget more effectively while being eco friendly. View Full Review
Sparkle’s Story by Louise Allen is the tale of a foster child, Sparkle, who contends with both her tragic history while trying to figure out her gender identity and sexual orientation.
A struggling foster child is not a novel experience to Allen, who has fostered many children through the years. She, too, is the product of the foster system and so has a unique understanding of the problems these children face. She has used this experience to write five books in the “Thrown Away Children” series, along with Theresa McEvoy. Sparkle’s story is ... View Full Review
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero.
Half Boy, Half God, All Hero, that’s Percy Jackson, but he didn’t choose or want to be a half-blood or the son of a Greek god. Percy was just a normal kid until he accidentally vaporised his maths teacher. Now Percy spends his time fighting with swords, battling monsters with his friends and generally trying to stay alive.
In this, the first Percy Jackson ... View Full Review
Richly imagined and punchy with action, adventure, and mystery, this fabulous read dips into old world magic, and an interesting romance. Desperate for answers, 19-year-old Inez Olivera travels to Egypt after the deaths of her parents in 1884. If I hadn’t previously known this was a young adult novel I might not have realised, so this is wonderfully accessible for older adults too. That is the beauty of really well-written YA fiction, that it isn’t obviously aimed at an age range, and this is one of the reasons I’ve chosen What the River Knows as ... View Full Review
A box set of the explosive Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman, including paperback editions of Scythe, Thunderhead and The Toll presented in a stylish slipcase.
A Review for the first in the series, Scythe;
Wow! This was a gripping, thought-provoking read. Totally compelling, Scythe is a dark, original take on the ultimate power – the power over life and death.
Death and disease have been eradicated and life can continue quietly without fear of death or illness. Revival centres are on hand if you suffer an accident and even a fall from a thirty-nine-storey building will simply ... View Full Review
Sarah J Maas's Throne of Glass fantasy series, first published in 2012, has been a worldwide sensation. The saga follows 18 year old assassin, Celaena; beautiful but deadly and destined for greatness but only if she can free herself from the life sentence she's serving. Fast-paced and epic in stature this is not to be missed and you can now get all the books in the series in this spectacular box set. View Full Review
An epic trilogy, beginning with Shadow and Bone follows Alina, as she attempts to discover who she really is and what her powers are, in the hope of rescuing Ravka from the flesh-eating monsters tearing her country apart. Irresistible. Epic. This is glorious sweeping fantasy. View Full Review
Two reviews for The Hunger Games, the first book in the trilogy: The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of the near future, The Hunger Games is set in the ruins of a place once known as North America. The cruel Capitol keeps order in its twelve outlying districts by forcing them each to send one boy and girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a terrifying reality TV show broadcasting a live fight to the death. Without really meaning to, 16 year old Katniss ... View Full Review
Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien's classic masterpieces behind the films, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring. View Full Review
Following on from The Power of Geography and Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall now looks to the furture, to space and the stars and what the new space race could mean for life on earth.
You might not immediately think that space plays a big part in our day to day life, but with key satelites for communications, security and politics already orbiting our planet it's already central to life on earth. Tim Powers is exploring the power of geography to shape humanity's past, present and future in The Future of Geography, and how what's happenning up there could ... View Full Review
While experiencing burnout Sasha escapes to the holiday resort of her childhood in Devon with all the best intentions. But when she gets there things don't quite go to plan, and her solitude on the beach is rudely interrupted by Finn, a grumpy, stressed-out guy who has a completely different approach to burnout. Being drawn together over mystery messages appearing on the beach they may find that they have more in common than they thought.
Another witty and brilliant love story about discovering the joy that awaits when you set yourself free. View Full Review
This compassionate and readable memoir also acts as a practical guide to include walking and nature in your everyday life. Julia Bradbury speaks with passion, she says she has: “decades of lived experience of walking as a curative. I’ve used it to help me through breast cancer and other physical traumas, as well as IVF and miscarriages, grief, mental health issues, and even a broken heart”. She confirms that: “this is not a book about cancer. It is about walking yourself happy and healthy, wherever you find yourself in life, and whatever your situation”. ... View Full Review