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Her

By Harriet Lane

You don't remember her . . . but she remembers you. 'The ultimate frenemy thriller' NOW and smash critical hit from the publishers that bought you GONE GIRL.

Two women; two different worlds.
Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold.
Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control.

When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn't the first time the women's paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did.

But what exactly does Nina want from her?
And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

Lane ratchets up the apprehension with a maestro's skill we first saw in her debut, Alys Always.. Read it: everyone else will be.a terrific, subtle thriller with delicious echoes of Patricia Highsmith and F Scott FitzgeraldThe exquisitely sinister psychological thriller that is going to take us all by storm this summer, Harriet Lane's Her, has a Notes on a Scandal-type relationship between an exhausted young mother and her rich sophisticated neighbour.Harriet Lane's Alys Always was one of the most memorable fictional debuts of recent years, a seemingly simple story that discovered subtle ways to unsettle, and which found elegant, disturbing insights into familiar English obsessions with class and status. Lane's new book, Her, due in June, promises to be this year's unmissable summer novel. Among Lane's antecedents is the pin-sharp prose of Patricia HighsmithDeliciously nasty, Her belongs to an emerging "women beware women" sub-genre indebted to Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal. Yet it is distinctive in its domesticity and its missing formulaic elements: a violence-free psychological thriller in which the victim doesn't even know there is a threattautly written psychological thriller... there is forensic social observation here. Her London is recognisably real. Both Emma and Nina feel like women you might pass on a leafy Islington street. She has a sharp eye for telling detail... Then the endgame, when it comes, is shattering.Icicle-sharp... This is psychological bait-and-switchery to put on the shelf alongside Patricia Highsmith and Georges SimenonLane's writing shines a spotlight on life's domestic flotsam. Lego under the fridge, damp laundry, crumbs in the toy box: these details of middle-class parenthood are picked out in Hitchcockian detail, gathering weight, promising imminent horror. Lane's first book, Alys, Always, was one of the most talked-about thrillers of 2012, a psychological drama exploring deceit and manipulation. Her is another study of spiteful female friendship, unwinding slowly and subtly over a year... Lane's writing is always careful and elegant, loaded with significance and often beautifula new generation of female suspense novelists - writers like Megan Abbott, Tana French, Harriet Lane and Gillian Flynn... are redefining contemporary crime fiction with character driven-narratives that defy genre conventions.As seductive as it is chilling, Her is quality literary fiction meets psychological thriller, the devil of which is in the detailBrilliant.The end.. is perfectly executed, leaving you at the most excruciating moment possible - when a horrible thing is about to happen and there is nothing you, or any of the characters, can do to stop ita terrific, subtle thrillerChilling, suspenseful and shrewd about friendship's mix of love and envy, Her captivates right up to its shocking denouementAnother taut, tense psychological thriller from the author of the acclaimed 2012 debut novel Alys, Always... A compelling revenge drama that will make you think twice about getting too chummy with the neighbours.Her is another psychological thriller, every bit as compulsive as the first one... The menace here is the sort that lurks right at the edge of consciousness - something unsettling that you can't quite put your finger on, that builds and builds until the last chapter by which time I was holding my breath. Don't miss.A fabulously creepy thriller from the author of Alys, Always. Nina recognises Emma on the street from 20 years ago, but doesn't reveal this, and Emma treats Nina as a new friend. But what happens when it comes out that Nina remembers?Her is a superbly taut, intensely gripping domestic drama... The tension is held beautifully throughout in this excellent second novel from a writer clearly at the top of her gameThis spare, tense psychological thriller opens when a wealthy woman finds a struggling young mother's purse in the street of the London suburb they live in. Returning the purse marks the start of an unlikely friendshipDriving the plot are the reciprocal forces of revenge and provocation: we want to know what Nina will do next and what Emma has done to deserve it. Lane inspires a terrible dread as Nina's threat looms larger, combined with a slender hope that Emma might realize the danger in time. Lane also intrigues her readers with the puzzle of Emma's past... a fine mistress of suspense.Struggling young mum Emma is grateful when her glamorous neighbour Nina befriends her. What Emma doesn't realise is that Nina recognises her from the past and has a score to settle. In HER, Harriet Lane keeps the reader on the edge until the last page.Struggling mother of two Emma doesn't recognise Nina, but Nina recognises her. She infiltrates her way into Emma's life gaining her trust. But what is it that she wants? The story is told by both women, with an underlying tension that builds and builds until the last horrifying scene. I loved this slow-burning tale of revenge.Emma struggles with life's demands when Nina breezes into her world and makes it better - but what does she really want? This tense page-turner will make you look at kindly strangers with suspicion!A sharply observed relationship with a sinister plot line of hand-in-the-mouth proportions... psychologically nuanced novel... Lane excels at everyday detail. Emma's total absorption by motherhood is rendered with beautifully stinging observationsWith a forensic eye for domestic detail, Lane sets up a riveting series of vicious snaresHarriet Lane's first novel Alys, Always was widely praised for combining sharply observed everyday life with something a lot more sinister. Her second now pulls off the same trick with equal aplomb... The result is a novel that becomes increasingly - and at times excruciatingly - tense as it approaches its devastating final chapterHarriet Lane's debut, the subtly unsettling Alys Always, was a chilling psychological drama of power privilege and manipulation. In this, her equally compulsive follow-up, similar sinister shenanigans are spun out in Lane's elegant, poetic prose... Unlike conventional thrillers, the perverse pleasure of this compelling novel is not a big reveal but the pin-sharp unpicking of personalityHarriet Lane is a deft conjurer of menacing middle class scenarios, and her second novel, a taut revenge drama with a shattering endgameNina's a control freak, Emma's a mess. What happens when their paths cross - and is it really the first time? Psychological page-turning follow-up to Alys, Always, Ms Lane's best-selling debutLike a fly caught in a spider's web, struggling naive mother Emma is drawn further into sophisticated Nina's life. The ultimate frenemy thriller.When frazzled mum Emma encounters sophisticated Nina, she thinks their meeting is down to chance. But, as this cool, controlled thriller reveals, the truth is far more sinister. With wonderfully fleshed out characters, this is a chilling study in revenge.Harriet Lane has created a taut, unnerving thriller in Her that will keep you in its hold until the devastating conclusion... Her is a beautifully put together novel which fans of Deborah Levy's Swimming Home or Helen Walsh's The Lemon Grove will enjoy.Harriet Lane made a memorable debut in 2012 with novel Alys, Always and her second book is another superb psychological thriller... that slowly unfurls, layer by tantalising layer, in this riveting revenge dramaEmma and Nina inhabit very different words. Unknown to Emma, they have met before... Wangling her way into Emma's home is the easy part - but how can Nina ensure she finally gets her revenge for what happened in the past?Revenge is, of course, a dish traditionally served cold, and that in a toxic nutshell is the theme of Harriet Lane's deliciously unpleasant second novel, in which she makes of that dish a perfectly plated-up thriller, ideally consumed at one sitting... She has a gimlet eye for domestic minutiae and how they betray us... And rarely has any writer so well nailed the ambivalent feelings and frustrations that attend motherhood.. Her is an immensely classy thriller which will have you in its grip to the very final pagesHarriet Lane, author of Alys, Always, specialises in scheming women. Her new novel of psychological suspense asks how you can tell when your friend is really your enemy... She's a clever creation, this villainess, like a deadly spider waiting to pounce... One unanswered question keeps the reader gripping that seat-edge... The answer and the novel's outcome do not disappointDual narrators and their different perspectives on the same events create a distinctly sinister and uncomfortable atmosphere in this gripping novel. Sympathies and allegiances shift with each chapter, keeping the reader unsettled, yet hooked... A cautionary tale that could make you re-evaluate those friendships made by the swingsIf you loved Notes on a Scandal's brand of toxic camaraderie, you'll love thisThe author is good on atmosphere, observing lifestyles, ratcheting up the tension and keeping her readers guessingThis unfolding story of a toxic friendship... will have you racing through the chapters. A gripping and thought-provoking psychological thriller.There's a genuinely unsettling gripping tension to it... a book I hugely recommendA roller coaster of a read... tense and creepy... will linger with you for a long time afterwardsThis sinister revenge thriller is beautifully written and has a slowly-slowly-catchy-monkey reveal that will have you on the edge of your seatI am very very impressed by Harriet Lane's writing. She is so so clever and has produced a very intelligent psychological thriller... Her is a brilliant read - Bravo!it is distinctive in its domesticity and its missing formulaic elements: a violence-free psychological thriller in which the victim doesn't even know there is a threat.A downtrodden mother-of-two, Emma's life is made infinitely more exciting when she meets intoxicating artist Nina. They have met before, only Emma doesn't remember. A series of petty acts turn nasty as Nina wreaks her revenge in a sharp but drawn out thrillerThis is a particular type of thriller, done beautifully. It's quiet and sinister and has the feel of Patricia Highsmith and Barbara Vine. Very clever, very gripping.You don't remember her . . . but she remembers you. 'The ultimate frenemy thriller' NOW and smash critical hit from the publishers that bought you GONE GIRL.

Before the publication of her debut novel ALYS, ALWAYS, Harriet Lane wrote for the GUARDIAN, the OBSERVER, VOGUE and TATLER. She lives in north London with her husband and two children.
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The OBSERVER picked out HER as one of the literary highlights of 2014: 'Harriet Lane's ALYS, ALWAYS was one of the most memorable fictional debuts of recent years . . . Lane's new book, HER, due in June, promises to be this year's unmissable summer novel.'ALYS, ALWAYS has sold over 35,000 copies across editions.It received ecstatic reviews across the board, including: 'Brilliant' OBSERVER 'Exceptional' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Unputdownable' Jenni Murray, WOMAN'S HOUR 'Marvellous' Jilly Cooper 'Highly entertaining' NEW YORK TIMES 'Captivating' TLS 'Gripping' GRAZIA 'Unputdownable' David Baddiel 'Satisfyingly bitchy' GUARDIAN 'Fantastic' STAR 'Stunning' THE LADY 'Compulsive' SPECTATOR 'Superb' SUNDAY TIMES 'Amazing' RED 'Deeply unsettling' OBSERVER 'Perfectly executed' EVENING STANDARD 'Delicious' GOOD HOUSEKEEPEING 'Impressive' CHOICE 'Terrific' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Gripping' WOMAN AND HOME.HER shortlisted for the Encore Award 2015
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The Fair Fight

By Anna Freeman

Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice . . .

Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a pugilist. Soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn.

Dryer's wife Charlotte lives in the shadows. A grieving orphan, she hides away, scarred by smallpox, ignored by Dryer, and engaged in dangerous mind games with her brother.

When Dryer sidelines Ruth after a disastrous fight, and focuses on training her husband Tom, Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition. As the tension mounts before Tom's Championship fight, two worlds collide with electrifying consequences.

THE FAIR FIGHT will take you from a filthy brothel to the finest houses in the town, from the world of street-fighters to the world of champions. Alive with the smells and the sounds of the streets, it is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top.

The Fair Fight is a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it.(A) cracking debut... It is a lively, rambunctious read which captures Bristol street life brilliantly and niftily sets the scene for a memorable collection of characters who are prepared to gamble everything to gain hope and some form of happiness.Anna Freeman's familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, makes this a brilliant debut novel.This storming debut is fiction at its most absorbing. It'll be first in line for Freeman's next offering.For lovers of the evocative historical romps of Sarah Waters and Michel Faber this is a visceral and funny debut.(Anna's) enthusiasm for the subject matter and her skill at creating powerful narrative voices are in strong evidence in this gritty, vividly evoked historical novel. Fans of Sarah Waters and Emma Donoghue, take note.An accomplished first novel that reminded me somewhat of Peter Carey's Jack Maggs.lively and originalPassion and pugilism ...(an) original, memorable debut novel.Freeman's first novel is shocking but a cracker. The writing is good and the characters totally believable. I loved it.This truly bears comparison with Michel Faber's THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE as first-time author Freeman (a performance poet who has appeared at Latitude and Glastonbury) brings the 18th century to throbbing life, in an immersive novel rich with extraordinary characters and a cracking plot.this highly enjoyable read that packs a punch.A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we'd never have imagined and makes it viscerally real.The Fair Fight is, I think, just about the most well-written novel I have read in five years. The depiction of the situation and characters is very clearly done with great economy of effort. Even the title is clever. ..this is an excellent read, and one that will stay with you for a long time.'[The] novel, though written in a fashion long past, feels quite natural and free. She [Anna Freeman] has taken the late 18th century, language and all, and pummelled life into it. THE FAIR FIGHT breathes, shouts and swears, confident in its form and bold as brass in its execution. If Anna Freeman ever puts up her fives and takes to milling, I'll not volunteer as an opponent.'For fans of Sarah Waters and THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, a vibrant tale of female boxers and their scheming patrons in 18th-century Bristol.Anna Freeman is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University as well as a multiple slam-winning performance poet who has appeared at festivals across Britain including Latitude and Glastonbury. She lives in Bristol. The Fair Fight is her first novel.THE FAIR FIGHT was the unanimous winner of the TIBOR JONES PAGETURNER PRIZE 2013 judged by a panel including Granta Best of British novelist Evie Wyld, Jasper Sutcliffe, Head Buyer of Foyles, and Roy Butlin from Clapham & Herne Hill Books.Anna Freeman is a hugely promotable author, a prize-winning poet who frequently performs at festivals.THE FAIR FIGHT is a brilliantly told romp, with massive commercial and literary appeal.The novel's inspiration is fascinating. The fact that - as Anna puts it - 'women were out there beating each other up on stage whilst Jane Austen was sipping tea' will provide a great publicity angle.THE FAIR FIGHT shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2015
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Ghost Moth

By Michèle Forbes

A stunning new voice reminiscent of Maggie O'Farrell and Jon McGregor, which has already been acclaimed by John Banville, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.

GHOST MOTH will transport you to two hot summers, 20 years apart.

Northern Ireland, 1949. Katherine must choose between George Bedford - solid, reliable, devoted George - and Tom McKinley, who makes her feel alive.

The reverberations of that summer - of the passions that were spilled, the lies that were told and the bargains that were made - still clamour to be heard in 1969. Northern Ireland has become a tinderbox but tragedy also lurks closer to home. As Katherine and George struggle to save their marriage and silence the ghosts of the past, their family and city stand on the brink of collapse...

Clever, unpredictable, beautifully written and crafted - Ghost Moth stayed with me for a long time after I'd finished reading the final, sad, wonderful pageDeeply - sometimes erotically - charged. The writing soaks up the world, and thrills to the beauty of it...Katherine Bedford - so ordinary and so passionate - is a heroine to treasureAn impressive debut by a writer who is not afraid to address the so-called ordinary lives of real human beings. We shall be hearing a great deal more from Michèle ForbesA bountiful river of lovely images, fresh and perfect, a triumphant story both familiar and strange. A stellardebutThis beautifully written first novel is about the kind of love that can never be blotted out... a tender, heartbreaking story about choices made and secrets kept too longAn impressively sure-footed debut, lyrical and contemplative in equal measureA delicate and unusual endeavour to write about ordinary people in a way that is so realistic that it almost reads like memoir. The passages evoking Katherine's children are outstanding. The meditations on maternal and marital love verge on the profound. And the ending will bring a lump to your throat.Michele Forbes' startlingly assured debut has already won praise from those giants of Irish literature John Banville, Anne Enright and Roddy Doyle, and rightly so... Lyrical and at times almost unbearably tender (the final scenes between Katherine and George will break your heart), Forbes delicately captures the echoes of history that pierce the presentThis moving story is beautifully written, with powerful imagery and prose that becomes quite mesmerising at times. An astonishingly accomplished debut by actress-turned-author Forbes, this haunting novel will linger in your mindI was thoroughly caught up in this beautifully written debut novel. Set in Northern Ireland, in 1949 Katherine must choose between George Bedford and Tom McKinley. What happened that summer will haunt Katherine and George 20 years later, when they try to save their marriage.Before this amazingly assured and beautifully executed first novel, Belfast-born Forbes worked as an actor, and this shows how seamlessly a performer can morph into a creator... Forbes is intelligent, humorous and occasionally heartbreaking; a very safe bet for the next round of literary prizesEloquently written and full of lyrical descriptions, Ghost Moth shines a light on everyday lives and offers the reader some unforgettable charactersForbes, who has already won major awards for her short stories, knows how to write - her prose is unfailingly elegant - her images are often arresting... the book confirms its author as an exceptional talentGhost Moth takes place during the Troubles, but it is far from just another book about them. Lyrical and beautifully written, it uses the outbreak of the Protestant/Catholic struggles and IRA bombings in the Sixties as a backdrop, but it is more of a character study and riveting family drama - concerned with the secrets, lies and hidden torments between those one is closest to, and the heartbreak of lost love.A beautifully written debut. Confident and lyrical. Michele Forbes is a name to watchQuiet tragedy in the ordinary lives of real human beings... Michele Forbes' first novel has been heaped with praise and rightly so... as the book proceeds, it darkens, vividly evoking the divisions and bitterness that erupt with the onset of the Troubles.Forbes' writing possesses a stealthy power, and her patient layering of the story results in a surprising emotional impact by the time the final page is turned.Ghost Moth, Michèle Forbes' exquisitely written debut, handles love, loss and silence with a delicate, nuanced touch... From its striking opening sequence to its heartrending closing passage, Forbes' novel is beautifully expressed, so accomplished that it's hard to believe that it's her firstIt isn't often that a book makes me cry; makes me experience a deep anguish that the characters have spent their lives living with a painful regret that taints everything they do, blotting out the joy they should be experiencing in the present moment; leaves a tiny fragment of itself inside me to ponder over. Michèle Forbes's debut novel, Ghost Moth, is such a book... Ghost Moth is beautifully written with descriptive, engaging prose rich with symbolism and metaphor that places the reader in the moment with exactness and great skillA subtle, passionate story of private grief set against public crisisA very promising debut novel with flashes of brilliance and a poetic heart...a deeply moving examination of the minutiae of everyday lifeThe intensely lyrical Ghost Moth...is in part a meditation on differing forms of love...The 'ghost moth' of the title flutters through the novel, alighting on various pages. As Katherine explains to her daughter, 'Some people believed that ghost moths were the souls of the dead waiting to be caught.' In this affecting portrait of lost love and a lost city, Forbes catches those souls beautifullyThe author expertly maps the routines of family life an domesticity in ways both romantic and familiar. The scenes in which Katerine enjoys the company of her four young children during the summer holidays aredelightful... It is to the author's credit that this book, so carefully contextualized as it is, never feels like a glib denunciation of The TroublesAn evocative sense of time and place, flawed characters and some hauntingly lyrical prose - this book delivers at every level... for a debut novel, it's outstandingGhost Moth is very good. It's beautifully written... Forbes has a lightness of touch. Her dialogue is superb.Forbes' writing is exquisite. Everything you read is suffused through with meaning. From the opening scene of Katherine staring the seal in the face to the very end with Elsa, there is a hidden depth to everything. It's difficult to believe this is a debut novel - Forbes seems like she's an old pro at the form. For those who want to see how a novel should be done, Ghost Moth is a worthy read. It's as good inside as the cover makes it look.A serious-minded novel (novella really) which treats a familiar and quintessential human predicament with poetry, sensitivity and no little skill, not least in including a magical and unexpected coda over which hovers the eponymous Ghost MothA stunning new voice reminiscent of Maggie O'Farrell and Jon McGregor, which has already been acclaimed by John Banville, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright. Michèle Forbes was named in the OBSERVER as one of the debut novelists predicted to make a splash in 2014. Includes reading group notes.GHOST MOTH combines astonishing, prizewinning-quality writing with the universal concerns of the human heart. It will appeal to everyone from high-end literary readers to book club readers.GHOST MOTH has already attracted stunning praise in the media. A real buzz is building about it.Michèle Forbes is very well connected in the Irish media.Shortlisted for IRISH NIBBIE AWARD.
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Ostrich

By Matt Greene

Growing up is hard enough without a deadline

Alex's parents know something he doesn't.
They know what's happening inside his head.
Alex is more interested in what's happening outside it.
He has homework to do and a marriage to save*.

The clock is ticking. But there's still time to win the heart of Chloe Gower

Laugh-out-loud funny and cry-out-loud sad, Ostrich is a book about what happens when you have to lift your head from the sand.

* His parents'

A coming-of-age story of some brilliance. I laughed heartily, sobbed unexpectedlyOstrich has given me the most enjoyable reading experience I've had all year and has one of the funniest and most engaging young narrators I've had the pleasure of reading. Matt Greene is seriously funny and in Ostrich proves comedy can be the finest of artsIrresistible! Ostrich is loaded with wit, charm and wisdom. Alex is one of the sweetest and most inspiring narrators I've ever encountered. I dare you not to laugh, cry and fall utterly in loveOne of the bravest novels I've read in a very long time. Greene lets the reader become detective and clue by clue we uncover not only the truth of Alex's world, but the deepest truths of what it means to love and loseAlex is a memorable narrator with a unique perspective on life and this is a highly engaging and funny coming-of-age story that becomes all the more poignant as we begin to wonder how much coming-of-age Alex is going to getReading Ostrich is an experience that your emotions will thank you for. It has sad, sweet and funny moments all at once and an ending that takes the breath away. It's close to being the perfect book for adults and young readers alike.it is impossible not to compare Ostrich with another - very well known - book; The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time... well written and well paced, so if you enjoyed the bestseller that inspired Ostrich, you may well enjoy this, tooThis is an endearing debut novel from Matt Greene, with an inspired and hilarious take on adolescence...Greene's unusual style and his enchanting wordplay will not only gain him favourable comparisons to Mark Haddon, but potentially earn him a place in the bestseller's list.At once hilarious and heart-wrenchingThis is a classic case of the unreliable narrator, and the result is both hilarious and heartrendingly poignant. The most powerful aspect of the story is what is not mentioned, and how Alex's parents treat him. They are magnificent. The character portrayals, revealed mainly through dialogue, are so magic I'm going to reread this book immediately...before I pass it on to my son. Read this, and like. And shareIt is hard to do a child-narrated tale and make it sound fresh, but Greene's debut does manage to, with young Alex who suffers from seizures and whose parents' marriage is dissolving in front of himOstrich has given me the most enjoyable reading experience I've had all year and has one of the funniest and most engaging young narrators I've had the pleasure of reading. Matt Greene is seriously funny and in Ostrich proves comedy can be the finest of arts Irresistible! Ostrich is loaded with wit, charm and wisdom. Alex is one of the sweetest and most inspiring narrators I've ever encountered. I dare you not to laugh, cry and fall utterly in loveOne of the bravest novels I've read in a very long time. Greene lets the reader become detective and clue by clue we uncover not only the truth of Alex's world, but the deepest truths of what it means to love and loseAlex is a memorable narrator with a unique perspective on life and this is a highly engaging and funny coming-of-age story that becomes all the more poignant as we begin to wonder how much coming-of-age Alex is going to getReading Ostrich is an experience that your emotions will thank you for. It has sad, sweet and funny moments all at once and an ending that takes the breath away. It's close to being the perfect book for adults and younger readers alike.it is impossible not to compare Ostrich with another - very well known - book; The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time... well written and well paced, so if you enjoyed the bestseller that inspired Ostrich, you may well enjoy this, tooThis is an endearing debut novel from Matt Greene, with an inspired and hilarious take on adolescence...Greene's unusual style and his enchanting wordplay will not only gain him favourable comparisons to Mark Haddon, but potentially earn him a place in the bestseller's list.Authors are queuing up to lavish praise on this novel: Nathan Filer (THE SHOCK OF THE FALL) says: 'A coming-of-age story of some brilliance'. Matt Haig (THE HUMANS) says: 'The most enjoyable reading experience I've had all year. It's seriously funny'. Maria Semple (WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE) says: 'Irresistible!'. Carol Rifka Brunt (TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME) says: 'One of the bravest novels I've read'.

Matt Greene was born in Watford in 1985 and studied English Language at the University of Sussex, where he edited THE BADGER newspaper and first became interested in writing for the stage. He has co-written four plays for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including the sell-out farce THE STRAIGHT MAN. OSTRICH is his first novel.

@arealmattgreene

Brilliantly amusing, wise and heartbreakingly sad, this story will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.Themes of parenthood, forgiveness and loss will provide plenty of discussion material for reading groups.Young, promotable UK-based author who is eligible for every major literary prize.Matt Greene already has pedigree as a writer for the stage and screen.
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The Coincidence Authority

By John Ironmonger

For fans of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, Mark Watson and Mark Haddon, here is a cleverly written mystery about fate, circumstance, destiny and coincidence from COSTA AWARD-shortlisted author, John Ironmonger. This quirky read is hard to put down and spans philosophy, conflict, relationships and romance.

Thomas Post is an expert on coincidences. He's an authority. People come to see him, to ask him if he can explain strange events that have befallen them, and he can always explain these things away. We poor humans, he would say, have a tendency to make patterns out of random shapes, or to construct meaning from the random behaviour of the universe.

But one day Thomas gets a visit from Azalea Lewis, and his world will never be the same again. For Azalea's coincidences seem to go off the scale. The lives of Thomas and Azalea become entwined, their destinies entangled. And now, with Azalea apparently dead in a foreign land, Thomas must reassemble the pieces of her life in search for the patterns that drove it. And that means he must try to unravel the coincidences that so afflicted her.

This is an absorbing and unusual novel suffused with intelligence, charm and humanity and I highly recommend it.This story twists like a pretzel, the author teases and tantalises the reader, and it's delightfully unexpected.A love story that is also a story of ideas...The love story between Thomas and Azalea is touching and gently written.For fans of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, Mark Watson and Mark Haddon, here is a cleverly written mystery about fate, circumstance, destiny and coincidence from COSTA AWARD-shortlisted author, John Ironmonger. This quirky read is hard to put down and spans philosophy, conflict, relationships and romance.John Ironmonger was born and grew up in East Africa. He has a doctorate in zoology, and was once an expert on freshwater leeches. He is the author of THE GOOD ZOO GUIDE and the novels THE NOTABLE BRAIN OF MAXIMILIAN PONDER, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Prize and the GUARDIAN's NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE, and THE COINCIDENCE AUTHORITY. He was part of a world record team for speed reading Shakespeare and once drove across the Sahara in a £100 banger. He lives in rural Shropshire with his wife Sue and has two grown-up children. Follow him on Twitter @jwironmonger or visit his website http://notablebrain.blogspot.co.uk.This book has real prize potential - the author writes brilliantly with many a light moment but underpinning this are serious questions about the patterns of fate and how we construct meaning from random events.John Ironmonger's first novel, THE NOTABLE BRAIN OF MAXIMILIAN PONDER, was shortlisted for the 2012 COSTA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE and the GUARDIAN's NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE.Perfect for fans of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY or Marina Lewycka.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

'Like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD written by Tina Fey' Sam Baker, RED MAGAZINE
Shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction
A NEW YORK TIMES bestseller
COMING SOON: The film adaptation, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Billy Crudup

Bernadette Fox is notorious.

To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife.
To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace.
To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect.
And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum.

Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

It's intelligent but easy to read; eccentric but never twee.

'Like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD written by Tina Fey' (Sam Baker, RED).
The 2013 Women's Prize shortlisted, NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. Includes Reading Group Notes.

A lead fiction title for Phoenix - to be backed up by a huge marketing campaign.A rare gem of a novel - the kind you press upon friends - WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE has inspired real word-of-mouth buzz.Phoenix are also publishing Maria Semple's fabulous first novel, THIS ONE IS MINE, in November.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE inspired heated auctions around the globe.Picked as a book of the year by TIME and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE has been optioned for a film by the writers of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. It is being produced by Bryan Unkeless (producer of THE HUNGER GAMES film adaptation) and Ted Schipper.
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Children of the Jacaranda Tree

By Sahar Delijani

Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its walls three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny.

Azar gives birth to her daughter in captivity. One day the guards simply take her child from her. Parisa yearns for her tiny son, growing up a few miles away but completely out of reach. And Firoozeh, broken by cruelty, has turned her back on everything she was fighting for.

But even in the most desolate places hope can take root . . .

A brutally honest story of secrets, hope and endurance, revealing some of the truth behind a devastating period in Iran's historyIran. Amidst one country's tragedy, three mothers are united by love. Includes reading group notes.

Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1983 and grew up in California where she graduated from the University of California, Berkley. CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE is her first novel and was inspired by her family's experience as political activists and prisoners in Iran. It has been published in twenty-seven languages. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy.
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An incredibly moving story full of courage, hope and redemption, CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE won't fail to have a huge emotional impact on anyone who reads it.This was the book of LBF 2012 with auctions happening all over the world.The author draws on the experiences of her parents who were imprisoned themselves in the post-revolutionary reign of terror.The paperback outing will include a beautiful new cover and a huge marketing campaign.Excerpts of the novel have appeared in several literary journals, including 'The Children of the Jacaranda Tree' in SLICE MAGAZINE which was nominated for the 2010 PUSHCART PRIZE; 'Aida in the Mirror' in THE BATTERED SUITCASE; 'The Bracelet of Date Stones' in PERIGEE and PHATI'TUDE LITERARY MAGAZINE; and 'Southern Lights' in TRYST.
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I Am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

The highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Swat region who stood up to the Taliban.

I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

One of the more moving details in I am Malala, the memoir Malala has written with journalist Christina Lamb, is that her mother was due to start learning to read and write on the day Malala was shot - 9 October 2012.Malala Yousafzai's story begins with her parents being commiserated with after producing a baby girl. In their part of northern Pakistan, she says, rifle shots ring out in celebration of a baby boy's arrival. But there is no such fanfare for females: their destiny is to cook and clean, to be neither seen nor heard... So how did Malala, who barely warranted a mention in her family's genealogy, become destined for the history books as a powerful symbol for girls' universal right to an education? Her memoir I AM MALALA tells us how.This memoir brings out her best qualities. You can only admire her courage and determination. Her thirst for education and reform appear genuine. She also has an air of innocence, and there is an indestructible confidence. She speaks with such poise that you forget Malala is 16.Her story is astonishing.The medical team that saved Malala; her own stoicism and resilience; the support of her family, now, again in exile, this time in Birmingham; Malala's level-headed resolve to continue to champion education and children's rights- these are all powerful reminders of the best in human nature. Much of the money Malala has been awarded has gone to the Malala fund (www.malalafund.org). "Please join my mission," she asks. It's vital that those of us who can, do.Moving and illuminatingMalala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: "I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls like her. This was the war I was going to fight." This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death.Malala's voice has the purity, but also has the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she bet in exams (and by how much) or writing a blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage - "We were learning how to struggle. And we were learning how powerful we are when we speak" - or talking about Pakistan's politicians ("useless"), Malala is passionate and intense. Her faith and her duty to the cause of girls' education is unquestionable, her adoration for her father- her role model and comrade in arms- is moving and her pain at the violence carried out in the name of Islam is palpable.Part memoir, part mission statement. I am Malala recounts the early life of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who spoke out against the Taliban and was shot for her defiance. Her recovery, bravery and stoicism - and her father, Ziauddin - make for shocking and moving reading.The world is entranced by the story of the 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wished to go to school. Flown over to Birmingham for emergency surgery, she has emerged as an elegant and brave spokesgirl for a better future, to the extent that she almost won the Nobel peace prize and has become a sought-after speaker. This book should inspire girls the world over.Malala's story is gripping, tragic and yet ultimately full of hope. Faced with religious fundamentalism, suicide bombers and death threats her courage, stoicism and wisdom shine through at every turn. The bond she shares with her father - an equally courageous man whose views on equality are at odds with many of his countrymen - is also very movingly described.The media didn't really take on board the fact, which emerges from her book I AM MALALA, co-written with Christina Lamb, that every single day for her was a protest. She would hide her pens and books under her clothes on the way to school and ignore the Taliban's threats. She is a role model, not just a victim.Not only powerful, but also very instructive about the recent history of Pakistan and the pressures of everyday life there. One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her.Rejoice! It was the year that a Pakistani teenager who stood up to the Taliban became a celebrity, and one with a real story to tell. What a breath of fresh air in a genre crowded out by middle-aged TV personalities. Malala Yousafzai invigorated the "all about me" genre with I AM MALALA, with Christina Lamb, a tale of immense courage and conviction which begins as she is shot for campaigning for the rights of girls to an education.I AM MALALA is a rich and riveting account of a short, brave and admirable life.Inspirational and powerfulThe story of the girl shot by the Taliban for speaking up for women's education is one of idealism and stubborn courage, and a reminder that women's rights and many children's rights to education are continually threatened.She has the heart and courage of a lioness and is a true inspiration.I felt both humbled and inspired by I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, the remarkable story of the young educational campaigner from Pakistan's Swat valley, who miraculously survived after bring shot by the dark forces of fundamentalism. Deftly written with the help of an award-winning foreign correspondent, this is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the tortured politics of the Taliban in the North-West Frontier.It's hard to believe that this intelligent, charismatic and very poised young women is still just 16 years old. There is so much hope and expectation resting on those inspirational small shoulders.One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her.In her inspirational and powerful autobiography, Malala tells her own extraordinary story.The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has astonished the world with her courage and determination to fight for education and equal rights for women.The inspirational story of the girl who single-handedly showed that the pen is mightier that the sword should be required reading for people of all ages.The book is equally Malala's story of love for her family and respect for her father who comes across as an inspirational figure. It is a book of courage and endurance in the face of tremendous odds. I am Malala should be read by everyone who sees education as an agency of liberation for both boys and girls and an indispensable weapon in the struggle against ignorance and oppression.Read the story of the remarkable young woman who refused to be silenced after she was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus in 2012. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.Did you see Malala on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart? If not, Google it, and then buy this book. It's hard to find the words to describe what this girl has done, not only for young women everywhere, but also for the world in which it feels like the bad guys always win. I'm choked up just writing this.Honest, insightful and piercingly wise, this is the celebrity memoir to give your teenaged daughter this Christmas.Malala has shown extraordinary courage in campaigning for the millions of girls who are still denied an education. Uplifting and inspirational.This courageous and extraordinary young woman has become something of a world symbol. Her stand for education of women in her own native Pakistan was a courageous one, but it should not lead Western readers to think that such things only happened over there. She and her family now live abroad, but as her speeches and appearances show, she continues her campaign for the right of young people everywhere to fully realise their potential.For sheer inspiration read I am Malala.The highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Swat region who stood up to the Taliban.Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In October 2012 Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was honoured with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest ever person to win the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, taking that honour in 2014. She was shortlisted for Time Magazine Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards. Malala continues to champion universal access to education through The Malala Fund, a non-profit organization investing in community-led education programs and supporting education advocates around the world.Malala's speech to the UN on her 16th birthday attracted blanket media coverage.Her supporters include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Gordon Brown and Angelina Jolie, who said: 'They shot her at point blank range - and made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder.'The worldwide publication will attract a huge amount of coverage, including television, high-profile events, serial and blanket review coverage.A documentary on her life is to be filmed by the director of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
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Do No Harm

By Henry Marsh

Winner of the PEN Ackerley Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award; Duff Cooper Prize; Wellcome Book Prize; Guardian First Book Award; and Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

What is it like to be a brain surgeon?

How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason?

How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong?

DO NO HARM offers an unforgettable insight into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity. With astonishing candour and compassion, Henry Marsh reveals the exhilarating drama of surgery, the chaos and confusion of a busy modern hospital, and above all the need for hope when faced with life's most agonising decisions.

Neurosurgery has met its Boswell in Henry Marsh. Painfully honest about the mistakes that can 'wreck' a brain, exquisitely attuned to the tense and transient bond between doctor and patient, and hilariously impatient of hospital management, Marsh draws us deep into medicine's most difficult art and lifts our spirits. It's a superb achievement

An enthralling read . . . a testimony of wonder . . . Marsh's style is admirably clear, concise and precise . . There is no forcing of a narrative arc or a happy ending, just the quotidian frustrations, sorrows, regrets
and successes of neurosurgical life

An elegant series of meditations at the closing of a long career. Many of the stories are moving enough to raise
tears, but at the heart this is a book about wisdom and experience

[Do No Harm] simply tells the stories, with great tenderness, insight and self-doubt . . . Why haven't more surgeons written books, especially of this prosaic beauty? Well, thank God for Henry Marsh . . . What a bloody, splendid book: commas optionalIncredibly absorbing . . . an astonishingly candid insightRiveting . . . extraordinarily intimate, compassionate and sometimes frightening . . . [Marsh] writes with uncommon power and franknessOffers an astonishing glimpse into this stressful career. This is a wonderful book, passionate and frank. If Marsh is even a tenth as good a neurosurgeon as he is a writer, I'd let him open my skull any timeHenry Marsh . . . sets a new standard for telling it like it is . . . His love for brain surgery and his patients shines through, but the specialty - shrouded in secrecy and mystique when he entered it - has now firmly had the rug pulled out from under it. We should thank Henry Marsh for thatWhen a book opens like this: "I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing" - you can't let it go, you have to read on, don't you? . . . I trust completely the skills of those who practise [brain surgery], and tend to forget the human element, which is failures, misunderstandings, mistakes, luck and bad luck . . . Do No Harm by Henry Marsh reveals all of this, in the midst of life-threatening situations, and that's one reason to read it; true honesty in an unexpected placeAs gripping and engrossing as the best medical drama, only with the added piquancy of being entirely true, this compelling account of what it's really like to be a brain surgeon will have you on the edge of your sunloungerA mesmerising, at times painful journey through a neurosurgeon's extraordinary career. As delicate as he can be brutal, Marsh's account of himself is always honest and moving. Human frailty at its strongestA strikingly honest and humane account of what it means to hold the power of life and death in your hands . . . elegant, edifying and necessaryMarsh has written a book about a love affair, and one cannot help feeling similarly smitten . . . 'Elegant, delicate, dangerous and full of profound meaning'. All four of those epithets might describe this bookA fascinating look inside the head of a man whose job it is to fiddle around in ours. He acknowledges that surgeons are arrogant, that they play God, but that they are also afflicted by despair, sorrow and doubt. He is scathing on NHS bureaucracy and his picture of doctors doing their best but basically flailing in the dark made me respect the profession moreAn astonishingly candid insight into the life and work of a modern neurosurgeon - its triumphs and disasters. A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller, and shortlisted for the GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD and the COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD, as well as longlisted for the SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION.Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London in 1987, where he still works full time. He has been the subject of two major documentary films, YOUR LIFE IN THEIR HANDS, which won the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY GOLD MEDAL, and THE ENGLISH SURGEON, featuring his work in the Ukraine, which won an EMMY. He was made a CBE in 2010. He is married to the anthropologist and writer Kate Fox. Visit his website at http://www.theenglishsurgeon.com/This exceptionally well-written memoir has attracted amazing review coverage and has received multiple prize listings: COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD shortlist; GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD shortlist; SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION longlist.A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller in hardback and paperback, the hardback sold over 13,000 copies.A perfect candidate for radio readings, literary festivals and talks: Marsh is a charismatic and engaging speaker with experience across the media.Henry Marsh has been the subject of two major documentary films, YOUR LIFE IN THEIR HANDS, which won the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY GOLD MEDAL, and THE ENGLISH SURGEON, which won an EMMY.An eye-opening insight into the modern NHS and the frustrations of working in a modern hospital.
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The Second Half

By Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle

Memoir by one of the greatest of modern footballers, and former captain of Manchester United and Ireland, Roy Keane - co-written in a unique collaboration with Man Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle.

In an eighteen-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest (under Brian Clough), Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005. Playing at an international level for nearly all his career, he represented the Republic of Ireland for over fourteen years, mainly as team captain, until an incident with national coach Mick McCarthy resulted in Keane's walk-out from the 2002 World Cup. Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and has become a highly respected television pundit.

As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has had a life like no other. His status as one of football's greatest stars is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the pitch? How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as a former Manchester United and Ireland leader and champion, reinventing himself as a manager and then a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed?

In a stunning collaboration with Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, THE SECOND HALF blends anecdote and reflection in Roy Keane's inimitable voice. The result is an unforgettable personal odyssey which fearlessly challenges the meaning of success.

Roy Keane's book is a masterpiece: The Second Half gives a startling account of his colourful career and reveals the hard-man midfielder's long-hidden good points... Keane's book, ghost-written by Roddy Doyle, is an endlessly absorbing piece of work. It may well be the finest, most incisive deconstruction of football management that the game has ever producedThere is much in Roy Keane's new book that is thoughtful and self-mocking, insightful and funnyKeane's book - ghosted by Roddy Doyle - is brutal, amusing and self-deprecating, often at the same timeRoddy Doyle's works, mostly set in a fictional Dublin suburb, often star quietly frustrated everymen, and it's this book's achievement to make you see its mighty subject in that lightIt is the dearth of integrity that makes Pietersen such a peevish, trifling character, and the surfeit that makes Keane so entrancingly epic... the personification of honest to a fault... he is as close as sport can offer to an Old Testament prophet. Heroically unconcerned with being loved, almost insanely devoted to telling what he regards as the plain truth, he may not always be engaging. But... he stands out as utterly and irreducibly true to himselfThe best things are the small things: regretting joining Ipswich when he discovered the training kit was blue; refusing to sign Robbie Savage because his answerphone message was rubbish; being appalled that his side had listened to an Abba song before playing football. The irrational, blistering intolerance is delicious. Keane famously detested yes-men; he created himself as the ultimate no-man. And he's still hereI've just got my copy of The Second Half and although I'm only a couple of chapters into it, it has not disappointed. People have their own opinions of Roy and some would be fearful of him, given how outspoken he can be. I have always judged people how I find them and I can honestly say I have never found a fault in him... He had a fabulous career and I know I'm going to enjoy reading about itWhen Keane says anything, listening is usually the best option. He's scarily extreme, dangerously provocative, oxy-acetylene forthright... and hugely entertaining... Self-desctruction, self-pity, self-laceration - his latest unburdening has all this and more. His book reveals more flaws and admits to more mistakes than Sir Alex Ferguson did in his last literary effort - and Keane's is much funnierI'm surprised how much Roy Keane's second autobiography made me laugh... More importantly the book told me that Keane should be the next Manchester United manager. The more I read what he had to say, and his reflections on his two jobs as boss, the more I realised how perfect he would be at Old TraffordA book that offers great insight into the modern manager's job... The book does not attempt to deflect the mistakes Keane made but it adds a dimension to the man. Especially in his reflections on small details of behaviour, and there are scores of them... Keane must hope that the decision-makers in football take the trouble to read the book itselfThe rhythm of it compels attention - it's like someone talking directly to you in a pub... It's a thoughtful book, for a footballer. But while it's taken a novelist to write his life, it may take a psychoanalyst to understand itVery funny... fantastically entertainingA genuine pleasure; it is a masterpiece of the genre and one that paints, in an entirely unintentional way, an extremely flattering portrait of the man... Keane is not afraid to laugh at himself by telling stories against himself... His thoughts on his players are humane, interesting, candid and never less than believable... Keane's story is of a man, too, one who has had to look at football and life anew as a manager, and it is this added perspective that gives richness and humanity to the taleKeane's eminent co-writer, Booker Prize-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle, does a brilliant job. His gift for comedy and swearing, together with his wonderfully transparent style, not only captures his country man's voice but also adds some much-needed light and shade to the unforgiving business of being Roy Keane. It's not a sentence I expected to write but the account of Keane's triumphant first season at Sunderland is particularly upliftingReflective and funny... Doyle helps to capture Keane's humour and polish his jokes (the punchline is invariably an expletive). Despite the involvement of such an esteemed novelist and author of The Commitments, there is no doubt that the voice is Keane's... an enjoyable read... Keane is full of such sharp observationsThe belligerence, dry humour and short fuse still exist but it has now been accompanied by introspection, harsh self-criticism and no little humilitySearingly honestThe book is brilliantly constructed, rattling along at breakneck speed. And it makes a change from the standard sporting autobiography in being so hard on its principal subject. This is a book full of self-deprecation... No self-aggrandisement, rather a ruthless self-examinationA candid and at times moving account of Keane coming to terms with the end of his playing career. It is at its most engaging when Keane steps out of character: describing shedding tears upon leaving Old Trafford and his twilight season at Celtic when his broken body failed him. Star ghost writer Roddy Doyle captures Keane's short, sharp and abrupt rhythm, like the cracks of a snare drumPeople miss the fact that Keane is funny. Caustic, yes, clenched, he'd admit. Angry (though no longer prone to rage, his book claims) more than most. But funny. The light touch in The Second Half is not exclusively Doyle's. Yet the heavy stuff compels... The account of Keane's Sunderland reign is riveting. The everyday trials of a first-time manager are uncovered as in no other book... The Second Half is brutally honestDefiant and enjoyableIf you write a book, you have got to be true to yourself. It's no good just making something up. You have got to show what is in your heart, and what is in your head, and that is what Roy has doneThe thing I love about this man is there is nothing he writes down that he would not say to someone's faceThere is no denying the man is a compelling figure... Keane is a welcome maverick. Football is entertainment and the Irishman is infinitely entertaining. His aura makes his every word worth listening to... Roy Kane is a treasure of the game; love him or hate him, football would the all the poorer without his loveably, uniquely scathing presenceTrue star quality... a brilliant insight into Keane's mindsetThere are plenty of insightful and entertaining anecdotes, wry asides and sarcastic barbs. It's not unexpected. Keane is a more rounded individual than the cartoon image that's been created around him might suggest... Surprisingly, you might find yourself chuckling as you work your way across a panoramic footballing landscapeKeane's wry wit enjoys the turbo-boost of Doyle's comic timing, absurd observations and his mastery of the dark arts of expletivesTwo books in one - the tales of a truly great Premier League footballer, flawed by raging moments of visceral destructiveness... then the tortuous account of an aspiring, complex 21st-century manager... addictive road-crash reading... But the book's true revelatory value is seen during Keane's time as manager of Sunderland, which he relates with a remarkable candour and honesty. An incomparable achievement - written with Booker prize-winner Roddy Doyle - illustrating the contemporary demands on a player and boss whose life has always been conducted with its own stark, peculiar, and sometimes violent, logicI won't name names, but most sporting biographies couldn't set an ashtray on fire, let alone a crowd. The best one I've read of late is Roy Keane's The Second Half, which is actually written by Roddy Doyle, of course; and this is why it's good. It's not just Keano himself that makes the book interesting; it's Doyle's writingKeano rarely fails to entertain and with a ghost outrider such as Roddy Doyle, we get a snappy, snapping tale,, with Keane putting the boot into those he considers deserving but also not sparing the rod on himself... Like the midfield dynamo in his prime, this story could run and runEngrossing... a book that is both an exercise in truth-telling and a piece of literary football writingBrutally honest, self-deprecating and critical of everyone. Whether you're a fan of Roy or not, you will see a whole new side of him and his viewsOne of the most compelling sports autobiographies in recent timesThe former Manchester United and Ireland hard man comes across as funny, scathing, regretful and, as with so many forcefully clear-minded people, touchingly contradictoryA thoroughly entertaining rampageKeane pulls no punches in what he says. I admire him. He's incredibly passionate and doesn't suffer fools. He deserves credit for that. I was never on the end of one of his tackles but I always enjoyed watching him and I like how he speaks his mind. We've lost a little bit of that personality in the game - the likes of Keane and his bust-upsBooker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle nails Keane's attitude and cadences... Compelling, eye-opening, and - whisper it - great funTo use a sporting cliché, this blisteringly honest book - written in collaboration with Roddy Doyle - is a tale of two halves. An account of the driven Premier League star's career, then an insight into life as a manager. Roy Keane's self-deprecating wit, combined with a take-no-prisoners approach, make for an entertaining readAs an Arsenal fan, I was never a lover of Roy Keane. But I loved his book, The Second Half, written with Roddy Doyle. Honest, self critical and... a raising of the bar in the generally dodgy field of football autobiographyMemoir by one of the greatest of modern footballers, and former captain of Manchester United and Ireland, Roy Keane - co-written in a unique collaboration with Man Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle.

ROY KEANE was born in Cork in 1971, and is now a television pundit for ITV after an astonishingly successful football career as captain of Manchester United and Ireland. He is currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa teams.

RODDY DOYLE was born in Dublin in 1958 and still lives there today. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels including THE COMMITMENTS, THE SNAPPER, THE VAN and most recently THE GUTS; two collections of short stories; RORY & ITA, a memoir about his parents; and TWO PINTS, a collection of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA, and his 1991 novel THE VAN was a Booker Prize finalist.

Provocative and inspirational account of personal reinvention by one of football's legendary competitors.A sports memoir of the highest quality, co-writer Roddy Doyle is himself an exceptional talent.Keane is still a hugely popular figure for (most) Manchester United and Ireland football fans: he is now assistant manager of the Ireland team.It is 12 years since Roy Keane's autobiography became one of the bestselling sports books of all time, and much has happened to Roy in that time.KEANE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY has sold more than 400,000 copies in total, and has been a bestselling title, internationally.
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The War Behind the Wire

By John Lewis-Stempel

The last untold story of the First World War: the fortunes and fates of 170,000 British soldiers captured by the enemy.

On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely exchanged one barbed-wire battleground for another.

In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage, with a literal spanner put in the works of the factories and salt mines prisoners were forced to slave in. British PoWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped. Then escaped again. No less than 29 officers at Holzminden camp in 1918 burrowed their way out via a tunnel (dug with a chisel and trowel) in the Great Escape of the Great War.

It was war with heart-breaking consequences: more than 12,000 PoWs died, many of them murdered, to be buried in shallow unmarked graves.

Using contemporary records - from prisoners' diaries to letters home to poetry - John Lewis-Stempel reveals the death, life and, above all, the glory of Britain's warriors behind the wire. For it was in the PoW camps, far from the blasted trenches, that the true spirit of the Tommy was exemplified.

(an) excellent study of British and colonial prisoners of war..... What makes The War Behind the Wire important, however is John Lewis-Stempel's destruction of two widely held beliefs. First, he reveals that some 90% of the 420 successful escapers were not elite officers. Second and even more importantly, Lewis-Stempel proves that the Germans were animated more by the Kriegsbrauch (which allowed for the killing of POWs), than by the humanitarian values of the Hague Convention...[Lewis-Stempel] has performed a notable service by telling the story of the 1914-18's prisoners, a sad but significant epic.Lewis-Stempel describes our prisoners as the lost men of the Great War... In writing this moving, harrowing account he has done them a noble service.During the First World War, the Germans held 171,299 British PoWs in often appalling conditions. Humour helped: "Hun-baiting" was popular. And 573 prisoners managed to escape- using methods including tunnelling and impersonation of German officers.A vivid study of the lost heroes of the First World War: the British PoWs who made valiant bids for freedom....an entertaining read, and one characterised by the authenticity of the prisoners' own testimony.The author's enthralling narrative describes the new horror of the First World War as well as any account from the frontliners.Lewis-Stempel's book is fantastically well-written, thoroughly researched and full of surprising facts.Stempel recreated life behind the wire for British servicemen, looking at how they kept their sanity, maintained their health, and sought to survive an often very grim existence. Readable and absorbing.The last untold story of the First World War: the fortunes and fates of 170,000 British soldiers captured by the enemy.

John Lewis-Stempel is the author of numerous anthologies and books on military history. He lives on a farm in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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Dan Stevens and Julian Fellowes have both said great things about SIX WEEKS; Stevens used the book as part of his research for his character in DOWNTON ABBEY.This is the first time the story of First World War PoWs has been told.Published to coincide with the First World War centenary.
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Call the Midwife: Illustrated Edition

By Jennifer Worth
This is a large beautifully illustrated edition of CALL THE MIDWIFE with never-before-seen photographs which bring the real London and real lives to life. Pictures of the docklands, photos of how life was lived at the time, the families, housing, health service, food and of course the nuns and the midwives who brought so many babies into the world will be a beautiful addition to Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoir.The illustrated edition of CALL THE MIDWIFE: real London, real lives.Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers.

Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoir evokes the lost world of 1950s East End London. The gritty reality of day to day life in a city recovering from war, in which families live in bombsites, children play among the rubble and the spectre of disease looms large, is set against the heroism and resilience of the women who struggle to bring their babies into the world and the midwives who fight alongside them.

Funny, disturbing and moving, this special illustrated edition of Call the Midwife featuring previously unpublished photographs from the time and from the Worth family's personal albums brings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure.

Both the books and the BBC TV series have been phenomenal successes - with 11 million people tuning in to watch the show.The TV tie-in paperback has been at No. 1 in the bestseller charts for 13 weeks and altogether Jennifer's books have sold over 1.5 million copies.Timed to coincide with the Christmas market, this will be published in the lead up to series 2 which will appear on our screens in January 2013, so great publicity potential.
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Pure Package The Balance Diet

By Jennifer Irvine

Quick, easy and deliciously healthy recipes to make you feel great.

From the founder of The Pure Package, the gourmet diet food delivery service, and author of the hugely successful THE DIET FOR FOOD LOVERS, comes this delicious collection of recipes designed to be healthy, nutritious and quick. Ideal for people who lead busy lives but still want to eat and feel healthy, this book will provide all the tips, tricks and know-how needed to whip up meal after meal with minimal fuss.

Jennifer Irvine launched The Pure Package in 2003 from her kitchen, and the concept has grown to become an award-winning business while still maintaining the personal touch, which ensures its recipes are developed with real people in mind. Jennifer grew up on her parents' farm in Ireland where she developed her passion for food, by cooking and growing fresh produce. Jennifer believes that you can reach your health goals while indulging in delicious, convenient food, and in this book she tells you how.

If you want to shed a couple of pounds, this collection of inventive recipes is for you...Plus, the advice on portion control and rebooting leftovers mean overeating and food waste don't need to be an issue.If you want to shed a couple of pounds, this collection of inventive recipes is for you...Plus, the advice on portion control and rebooting leftovers mean overeating and food waste don't need to be an issue.Quick, easy and deliciously healthy recipes to make you feel great.

The Pure Package was founded after Jennifer, who was sending her husband off to work each day with a healthy packed lunch, realised there was a gap in the market for a nutritious food delivery service. Jennifer built The Pure Package idea from her kitchen sink to a multi-million pound, award-winning business.

She has already won an impressive array of awards including Harper's Bazaar Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, BT Essence of the Entrepreneur 2006 and London's Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005. Jennifer currently works with 11 Downing Street as an Ambassador for Enterprise.

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With more than 70 tried-and-tested recipes, plus a 14-day plan, it's all you need to create quick, healthy and delicious meals to lose weight or detox.The Pure Package delivery service boasts many A-list celebrity clients, including Hugh Jackman, Denise Van Outen, Florence Welch, Alexandra Burke and Ruby Wax.Jennifer Irvine built The Pure Package food delivery service from her kitchen sink to a multi-million pound, award-winning business, and is hugely promotable.The Pure Package has already featured widely in the press, including in the DAILY TELEGRAPH, the DAILY MAIL and the SUN newspapers and GRAZIA, RED, VOGUE, HELLO and OK! magazines.
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The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure

By Hairy Bikers

This TV tie-in cookbook to THE HAIRY BIKERS' ASIAN ADVENTURE BBC series, which aired in 2014, follows the boys' dream trip - a journey through Asia to discover the secrets of some of the world's most inspiring cuisines.

The boys travelled to Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Korea, sampling and preparing every kind of food they could lay their hands on - from great home cooking to sensational street snacks. Along the way they've learned loads about their favourite food, as well as honing their Asian cooking skills, and now they've brought home the very best recipes for us all to try.

Si and Dave are truly passionate about these amazing recipes. These dishes are their favourites; they are speedy, easy to make and packed with flavour. What's more, many are nice and healthy too, so won't bust the diet!

So, it's time to rock your wok and join the boys on their culinary Asian adventure...

Food heroes Si King and Davey Myers have travelled to Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Korea, sampling every kind of food they could get their hands on. In this fab new book, they bring home the best recipes for us to try. They're speedy to make, packed with flavour and healthy too, so the diet doesn't have to go out of the window!For their latest book, Si King and Dave Myers travelled to Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Korea. The result is a beautiful collection of fresh, healthy and enticingly authentic recipes with everything from miso baked black cod to pad thai, and clay pot duck with ginger. There's also a useful A-Z of ingredients and a nationwide list of suppliersThis collection, accompanying the new BBC TV series, includes recipes from Thailand, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. Spicy, fresh and simple to cook, there are lots of street food snacks and satisfying main course dishes to inspire and the boys use ingredients widely available in the UK.The thing I like most about Mr Myers and Mr King is the passion with which they enjoy what they cook... another absolute triumph in a long line of successful cookery books. Worth owning for the Panang Beef Curry recipe on Pae 108 which I now crave more than anything else I've cooked in ages!Full of tempting recipes from dim sum to Japanese pizza, chow mein to penang beef curry. If you've not dabbled in Asian cooking before, this book will most certainly convert you. Si and Dave have put their own twist on well-known recipes as well as introducing some more unUsual ones. Recipes are easy to follow and the photography makes the bookIn this BBC TV tie-in book, bestselling, big-hearted and down-to-earth chefs, The Hairy Bikers, tour Asia to find the best authentic recipes.The Hairy Bikers are Orion's biggest non-fiction brand, with sales over 2.4 million.They are the UK's second most popular cookery writers after Jamie Oliver, and their latest offering, THE HAIRY DIETERS EAT FOR LIFE, is the fastest selling non-fiction title of 2013 to date.Publication will coincide with a brand new BBC TV series by the same name.
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Life

By Keith Richards, Joe Hurley, Johnny Depp

Once-in-a-generation memoir of a rock legend - the No. 1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.

With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done.

Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero.

Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, 'Exile on Main Street' and 'Some Girls'. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family and the road that goes on for ever.

In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richards brings us the essential life story of our times.

Read by Keith Richards, Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley

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Once-in-a-generation memoir of a rock legend - the No. 1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller. Unabridged edition read by Keith Richards, Johnny Depp and Joe HurleyKeith Richards Born in Dartford in Kent in December 1943. He continues to compose, play songs and tour with the Rolling Stones.The definitive sex, drugs and rock and roll memoir Unique insider account of composing, recording and playing in the Rolling Stones for nearly 50 years An international publishing event - one of the very few rock memoirs ever to have been published by a living legend A new audience has been introduced to Keith Richards through the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies.
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Perilous Question

By Antonia Fraser

Internationally bestselling historian Antonia Fraser's new book brilliantly evokes a key period of pre-Victorian political and social history - the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832.

For our inconclusive times, there is an attractive resonance with 1832, with its 'rotten boroughs' of Old Sarum and the disappearing village of Dunwich, and its lines of most resistance to reform. This book is character-driven - on the one hand, the reforming heroes are the Whig aristocrats Lord Grey, Lord Althorp and Lord John Russell, and the Irish orator Daniel O'Connell. They included members of the richest and most landed Cabinet in history, yet they were determined to bring liberty, which whittled away their own power, to the country. The all-too-conservative opposition comprised Lord Londonderry, the Duke of Wellington, the intransigent Duchess of Kent and the consort of the Tory King William IV, Queen Adelaide.
Finally, there were 'revolutionaries' and reformers, like William Cobbett, the author of RURAL RIDES.

This is a book that features one eventful year, much of it violent. There were riots in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham, and wider themes of Irish and 'negro emancipation' underscore the narrative. The time-span of the book is from Wellington's intractable declaration in November 1830 that 'The beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution', to 7th June 1832, the date of the extremely reluctant royal assent by William IV to the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and the threat of revolution throughout the country. These events led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings to vivid dramatic life.

Antonia Fraser creates gorgeous portraits of the landed aristocrats, who fought for the Great Reform Bill of 1832. It is a remarkable story told by an excellent storyteller.Fraser's rollicking history... brisk engrossing narrative..... as a pure storyteller she has few equalsAntonia Fraser's superb narrative of the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832, one of the most potentially revolutionary moments in British politics, provides incisive pen portraits of all the major protagonists.Britain, 1832. The 'perilous question' of the country's corrupt electoral system - is causing uproar. From the complacent Prime Minister, to radicals calling for revolution, Fraser expertly sketches the key players in a dramatic period of British history....in her usual elegant style Antonia Fraser recounts the furore over constitutional reform as a thrilling adventure story.Antonia Fraser's sheer stamina - she is now in her eighties and a national institution - is an object lesson for younger historians. The clear joy and fascination she continues to feel for her subject shine through.The book take the reader through a complex political landscape with the humour, detail and keen-eyed observations that have made Fraser one of the country's most successful historical authors. In fact, this is historical writing at its best because it actually reads like a superb political thriller.A political thriller - Borgen in the era of Middlemarch... It is a remarkable story told by an excellent storyteller, with a flair for character and a rare sympathy for context.This is history as it should be written: lively, witty and, above all, a cracking good read. I found it almost impossible to put down.Not a typical summer blockbuster, but Fraser's analysis of the years preceding the Great Reform Act of 1832 is a rollicking good read, with rakish revolutionaries and reforming heroesThe 1820s and early 1830s have all too often been seen as a historical backwater between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the start of the Victorian era that began with the queen's accession in 1837. With Fraser's erudite and acute portrait of this age of reform, it won't be thought so anymore.Her deft pen portraits and gift for dramatic narrative had me on the edge of my seat, even though I know the plot backwardsAntonia Fraser's vivid account is particularly strong on charactersBrisk and engrossing...Her book is a mine of juicy details, not all of the familiar. Until 1832, Britain's democracy was so ramshackle and corrupt that while Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds had no MPs at all, the rotten borough of Old Sarum, which consisted of "a lump of stone and a green field", had two.You could almost be reading a novel as the reforming Whigs take on the Conservative opposition aided by a cast of revolutionaries like William Cobbett.Fraser deftly charts the parliamentary brinkmanship - including the Prime Minister threatening to drown the Tory opposition in the House of Lords in a flood of newly created Whig peers - that finally brought victory to the Reformists, and nationwide celebrations at the passage of the legislation in 1832.This, then, was probably the closest we ever got to full-blooded revolution, and Fraser describes it all with gusto. As she says in her introduction, we know the Reform Bill will pass, but the people who fought for it did not. And the people are the meat and drink of this story...It all makes for a rich landscape, a gripping tale and another fine book from one of our best popular historians.She is a knowledgeable guide, spicing her narrative with vivid sketches of the anxieties of individuals involved, from the kings dismay at the indiscretions of Queen Adelaide to Lord Grey's grief at the death of his little grandson, the "Red Boy" of Thomas Lawrence's portrait. Such details give humanity and vigour to the story of one of the most important moments in British history.Written with colour, pace and learning, Fraser's history of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 and its rocky passage into law speaks clearly to politics today. The country, eager for even this limited increase in the franchise, was thwarted for months by a diehard Westminster elite. The people did prevail - in the end.This is popular history of a very high order. Elegantly written, lavishly illustrated and deftly argued, it is a brilliant and entertaining evocation of a turning point in British history...In Antonia Fraser, the "perilous question" has found an apt chronicler, who may yet rescue the Reform Bill from the gross amnesia of posterity.What I don't remember from school is how thoroughly entertaining it was. What a slice of human drama, how tense, how crucial and how very nearly it could have foundered, thereby propelling our nation into riot and revolution. For that we need impeccable historian Antonia Fraser, who invests such humanity in her huge cast of characters.Lady Antonia (who was created a Dame in 2011 for services to literature) can be relied upon to build her story around personalities, and to portray them so skillfully that the reader becomes totally absorbed in their fortunes.This is one of Antonia Fraser's very best books, well up to the standard of her admirable life of Cromwell and her gut-wrenchingly brilliant life of Marie Antoinette. When you have read it, you will not only have grasped all the twists and turns of one of the great parliamentary adventures of history, you will also feel as if you have spent the most entertaining week at a Whig house-party.An engaging account of those turbulent timesAntonia Fraser's wonderfully vivid, authentic and impeccably sourced account of the passage of this bill paints a picture of tempestuous times when a disenfranchised people, struck by poverty, chose reform in Parliament as their placard.Fraser's book is worth reading to get an overview of the revolutionary upsurge which led to the passing of the 1832 Great Reform Bill.Antonia Fraser relates these events with tremendous verve, admirably describing the exuberance and fury stirred up by Reform and explaining complex issues with exemplary clarity.Perilous Question is a cracking good read and should be on every parliamentarian's summer reading list.The bill was finally passed after a titantic two year struggle. Antonia Fraser's work transforms our understanding of it. This is the best history book I have read so far this year.Antonia Fraser is one of the most readable historians writing today, and her aim is to be accessible to those who enjoy history but are not necessarily academics. She does a wonderful job here, describing and explaining the events surrounding the Great Reform Bill of 1832, which was Britain's belated response to the events of the French Revolution. It was far from perfect in terms of how many more people received the vote, but it almost certainly avoided a full-blooded insurrection.This is a wonderful Westminster thriller, played out by characters both heroic and irredeemably crass. Fraser draws them all with her usual deft hand and dramatic instinct.This is the brilliant history and storytelling we always expect from Fraser - impossible to put down.A country divided, perhaps on the brink of revolution; a parliament rich with political intrigue, orotund speeches and ripe characters - the Reform crisis of the 1830s is a story waiting for a popular retelling.From the first paragraph Fraser renders it a compelling drama with a cast of characters as awful, marvellous, duplicitous, self-seeking and public spirited as any that Dickens invented. The parallels with today are glaring and the lessons still only partially learned, the consequences as yet not fully redeemed. The brilliance of Fraser is that she sees everything first in human terms - this is history made by people for people and it's the people that dance, posture and rise with a moving grandeur off the page.Documenting powerful change, the author brings to life an exciting chapter of history which divided a nationAntonia Fraser's PERILOUS QUESTION succeeds in making a gripping read out of the political crisis of the Great Reform Bill. Lord Grey - the idealistic older statesman with his tight-fitting white pantaloons - emerges as an unexpected hero.a lively story of human drama and political intrigueA political thriller - Borgen in the era of Middlemarch... It is a remarkable story told by an excellent storyteller, with a flair for character and a rare sympathy for context.This is history as it should be written: lively, witty and, above all, a cracking good read. I found it almost impossible to put down.Not a typical summer blockbuster, but Fraser's analysis of the years preceding the Great Reform Act of 1832 is a rollicking good read, with rakish revolutionaries and reforming heroesThe 1820s and early 1830s have all too often been seen as a historical backwater between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the start of the Victorian era that began with the queen's accession in 1837. With Fraser's erudite and acute portrait of this age of reform, it won't be thought so anymore.Her deft pen portraits and gift for dramatic narrative had me on the edge of my seat, even though I know the plot backwardsAntonia Fraser's vivid account is particularly strong on charactersBrisk and engrossing...Her book is a mine of juicy details, not all of the familiar. Until 1832, Britain's democracy was so ramshackle and corrupt that while Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds had no MPs at all, the rotten borough of Old Sarum, which consisted of "a lump of stone and a green field", had two.You could almost be reading a novel as the reforming Whigs take on the Conservative opposition aided by a cast of revolutionaries like William Cobbett.Fraser deftly charts the parliamentary brinkmanship - including the Prime Minister threatening to drown the Tory opposition in the House of Lords in a flood of newly created Whig peers - that finally brought victory to the Reformists, and nationwide celebrations at the passage of the legislation in 1832.This, then, was probably the closest we ever got to full-blooded revolution, and Fraser describes it all with gusto. As she says in her introduction, we know the Reform Bill will pass, but the people who fought for it did not. And the people are the meat and drink of this story...It all makes for a rich landscape, a gripping tale and another fine book from one of our best popular historians.She is a knowledgeable guide, spicing her narrative with vivid sketches of the anxieties of individuals involved, from the kings dismay at the indiscretions of Queen Adelaide to Lord Grey's grief at the death of his little grandson, the "Red Boy" of Thomas Lawrence's portrait. Such details give humanity and vigour to the story of one of the most important moments in British history.Written with colour, pace and learning, Fraser's history of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 and its rocky passage into law speaks clearly to politics today. The country, eager for even this limited increase in the franchise, was thwarted for months by a diehard Westminster elite. The people did prevail - in the end.This is popular history of a very high order. Elegantly written, lavishly illustrated and deftly argued, it is a brilliant and entertaining evocation of a turning point in British history...In Antonia Fraser, the "perilous question" has found an apt chronicler, who may yet rescue the Reform Bill from the gross amnesia of posterity.What I don't remember from school is how thoroughly entertaining it was. What a slice of human drama, how tense, how crucial and how very nearly it could have foundered, thereby propelling our nation into riot and revolution. For that we need impeccable historian Antonia Fraser, who invests such humanity in her huge cast of characters.Lady Antonia (who was created a Dame in 2011 for services to literature) can be relied upon to build her story around personalities, and to portray them so skillfully that the reader becomes totally absorbed in their fortunes.This is one of Antonia Fraser's very best books, well up to the standard of her admirable life of Cromwell and her gut-wrenchingly brilliant life of Marie Antoinette. When you have read it, you will not only have grasped all the twists and turns of one of the great parliamentary adventures of history, you will also feel as if you have spent the most entertaining week at a Whig house-party.An engaging account of those turbulent timesAntonia Fraser's wonderfully vivid, authentic and impeccably sourced account of the passage of this bill paints a picture of tempestuous times when a disenfranchised people, struck by poverty, chose reform in Parliament as their placard.Fraser's book is worth reading to get an overview of the revolutionary upsurge which led to the passing of the 1832 Great Reform Bill.Antonia Fraser relates these events with tremendous verve, admirably describing the exuberance and fury stirred up by Reform and explaining complex issues with exemplary clarity.Perilous Question is a cracking good read and should be on every parliamentarian's summer reading list.The bill was finally passed after a titantic two year struggle. Antonia Fraser's work transforms our understanding of it. This is the best history book I have read so far this year.Antonia Fraser is one of the most readable historians writing today, and her aim is to be accessible to those who enjoy history but are not necessarily academics. She does a wonderful job here, describing and explaining the events surrounding the Great Reform Bill of 1832, which was Britain's belated response to the events of the French Revolution. It was far from perfect in terms of how many more people received the vote, but it almost certainly avoided a full-blooded insurrection.This is a wonderful Westminster thriller, played out by characters both heroic and irredeemably crass. Fraser draws them all with her usual deft hand and dramatic instinct.This is the brilliant history and storytelling we always expect from Fraser - impossible to put down.A country divided, perhaps on the brink of revolution; a parliament rich with political intrigue, orotund speeches and ripe characters - the Reform crisis of the 1830s is a story waiting for a popular retelling.From the first paragraph Fraser renders it a compelling drama with a cast of characters as awful, marvellous, duplicitous, self-seeking and public spirited as any that Dickens invented. The parallels with today are glaring and the lessons still only partially learned, the consequences as yet not fully redeemed. The brilliance of Fraser is that she sees everything first in human terms - this is history made by people for people and it's the people that dance, posture and rise with a moving grandeur off the page.Documenting powerful change, the author brings to life an exciting chapter of history which divided a nationAntonia Fraser's PERILOUS QUESTION succeeds in making a gripping read out of the political crisis of the Great Reform Bill. Lord Grey - the idealistic older statesman with his tight-fitting white pantaloons - emerges as an unexpected hero.a lively story of human drama and political intrigueThe two-year revolution that totally changed how Britain is governed.

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She was awarded the Norton Medicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 and was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature.

www.antoniafraser.com/

Internationally bestselling historian Antonia Fraser's new book brilliantly evokes an episode of pre-Victorian political and social history - the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832. These events led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that she brings to vivid dramatic life.

Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832 is full of extraordinary characters. On the one hand, the reforming heroes are the Whig aristocrats Lord Grey, Lord Althorp and Lord John Russell. They included members of the richest most landed cabinet in history, yet they were determined to bring liberty, which in theory whittled their own power in the country. They acted in alliance with the other working and middle class heroes, reformers and so-called 'revolutionaries' such as Francis Place the Radical Tailor, and the brilliant charismatic banker Thomas Attwood of Birmingham. The all-too conservative Tory opposition comprised the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel, and the courtiers of William IV, headed by his German consort Queen Adelaide, much attacked by the satirists.

This is a book that features two eventful years, much of them violent. This was a time when our great manufacturing cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham were without representation in Parliament. There were riots in Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham and countrywide, beginning with the agricultural disturbances of Captain Swing. The time span of the book is from the accession of William IV, following the death of his brother George IV, and the second French Revolution of July 1830; the ball is set rolling by Prime Minister Wellington's declaration of November 1830 that 'the beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution' and the fall of the Tory government. It ends with William IV's reluctant assent to the Great Reform Bill in June 1832 because he faces a double threat: he must either swamp the rebellious House of Lords with newly created peers, or combat revolution in the country. Perilous Question is an exceptional work of narrative history, one that truly casts a distant mirror on events today.

Critical acclaim for Antonia Fraser

Praise for Love and Louis XIV

'Fraser brings to life the female stars circling the Sun King in an account that successfully combines erudition with gossipy stories of the kind the Versailles courtiers loved so much.' The Sunday Times
'Fraser brilliantly dissects the intense rivalry of the ladies who indulged in 'commerce' with the king.' Ian Pindar, The Observer

Praise for Marie Antoinette: The Journey

'A brilliant pictoure not only of politics and revolution, but also of the cruelty of man to man - and a woman more sinned against than sinning' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Mail on Sunday

'Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here, adorned by often fascinating, at times esoteric detail' Hazel Mills, Guardian

Authoritative and vivid new work from the doyenne of popular historians.As ever with Antonia Fraser, the core of the book is a drama, character-led and grippingly written.The political resonance today of the troubled history of parliamentary reform in 1832 is rich in promotional possibilities.
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Egg

By Blanche Vaughan

The simple egg is the starting point for some of the most delicious and inspiring dishes. Both simple and versatile, eggs are also incredibly nutritious, rich in protein, low in fat and essential for baking. Including all the basics for cooking the perfect poached, scrambled and fried egg, this cookbook will be a staple in every cook's kitchen.

From easy and fuss-free pancakes, soufflé, tarts and omelettes to cakes, curds and puddings, the potential for this nourishing ingredient is endless. Classic recipes such as steamed pudding and Arnold Bennett are given a contemporary twist and there are also lighter, fresh egg-based dishes such as courgette fritters with dill and lemon and squash gnocchi with sage.

Blanche Vaughan is a food writer with a passion for creating good-for-you and imaginative dishes from this glorious ingredient. Whether for breakfast, lunch, tea or supper, this book is a celebration of the egg in all its forms.

Blanche Vaughan's brilliant new book.This a charming, beautiful book, and one anyone can cook from using nature's very own perfectly packaged convenience food.Eggs are magic and Blanche Vaughan is a magician.To end with something that is all about the beginning of life, this may account for Egg: The Very Best Recipes Inspired by the Simple Egg by another emerging star, Blanche Vaughan. It is nicely obsessive and puts the egg back on high, with sauces and omelettes, iles flottantes, souffles and Toad-in-the-hole. I'm glowing already, in anticipation.(Blanche Vaughan) offers an inspiring array of recipes with the lovely egg - organic and free-range are the most flavourful - at their heart.Many recipe books are intimidating, so massive is the potential within, but in Egg, the concept is manageably sized. However in now way does Egg condem us to a lack of culinary variety.A gorgeous collection of 90 recipes demonstrating simple and delicious ways to cook and eat eggs.

Blanche Vaughan is a food writer and chef. She trained at the River Cafe and then worked at Moro and St John. She writes for the GUARDIAN online and is the author of IN ONE POT.

Her Twitter is https://twitter.com/blanchevaughan and she also has a blog at http://blanchevaughan.wordpress.com/

Blanche Vaughan is a prolific food writer for the GUARDIAN on-line; her food has also featured in the INDEPENDENT.Blanche trained at the River Cafe and cooked professionally in restaurants across the UK such as Moro and St John.Her recipes in THE GREAT BRITISH FOOD REVIVAL have been well reviewed.Blanche co-wrote low-calorie cookbook ITSU THE COOKBOOK: 100 LOW-CALORIE BEAUTIFUL RECIPES FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.
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Magic Soup

By Nicole Pisani, Kate Adams

There is something about soup that has both the ability to revitalise and to soothe. They are packed with nutrition and offer variety, deliciousness and comfort as well as being a fantastic aid for weight-loss. Soup's versatility and health benefits are captured in MAGIC SOUP.

Whether it's swapping a stale sandwich at lunchtime for a vibrant bowl full of grains and greens, or relaxing at home over a velvety blend of manuka-honeyed parsnip, cooking for a supper party or nursing a cold - there is always an occasion for soup. MAGIC SOUP features over 100 innovative recipes helping you to feel fuller and become healthier. Recipes such as salmon poached in lemongrass tea, lemon chicken and mint with quinoa, and the ultimate 'chicken soup for the soul' will redefine people's expectations and put paid to the myth that soup cannot be a hearty meal in itself.

Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams have all the credentials to create recipes that are utterly delicious and in line with a balanced way of eating.

Style meets substance in these chic and soothing bowfuls.

Soup is just the thing at this time of year: comforting yet light and healthy - and it's cheap and easy to make.
Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams have joined forces to provide a collection of knock-out soups. There are broths, chowders and dhals; hot and cold soups; vegetarian, meaty and fishy bowls. Truly a soup for every season.

This book is a celebration of food that looks as good as it tastes.

The yam and coconut soup is the colour of a sunburst, and the nettle soup with flowers looks like it came from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

There are stocks, quick fixes - like roasted cherry tomato soup with salsa and flatbread and a vivid emerald-green watercress soup with crab toast - and bowls of broth from around the world.

The title of this book is enticing and you won't be disappointed once you open the pages. Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams turn soup into a magical experience. Every soup you can think of is included, hot, cold, thick, thin... it's a one-stop soup shop. You won't need another recipe book if you own this one.A collection of delicious and nutritious soups packed with a unique blend of fresh food, spice and flavour combinations.

Kate Adams is the author of THE FLAT TUMMY CLUB DIET and the founder of The Flat Tummy Club, which have been covered widely in the press, featuring in ZEST, THE DAILY MAIL, HARPER'S BAZAAR, THE TIMES and HEALTH & FITNESS. Kate also lost two and a half stone by eating recipes from the MAGIC SOUP cookbook. Kate is also a popular social media presence with over 1,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Nicole Pisani is a chef who has worked at Yotam Ottolenghi's Soho restaurant, NOPI and Anna Hansen's Modern Pantry in London. She has a passion for creating healthy and vibrant dishes with interesting ingredients and spice combinations.

Kate and Nicole created Food For Happiness www.foodforhappiness.co.uk

The Flat Tummy Club has had a lot of press coverage and has a considerable following on Twitter and Facebook.Nicole Pisani is the go-to-chef at London's Nopi restaurant in Soho.Kate Adams, founder of The Flat Tummy Club blog, lost two and a half stone the simple and delicious way - through a balanced diet of soup.
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Get The Glow

By Madeleine Shaw

In GET THE GLOW nutritional health coach to the stars Madeleine Shaw shows you that eating well can easily become a way of life, resulting in the hottest, healthiest and happiest you. Healthy eating shouldn't be about fad diets, starvation or deprivation. Instead, Madeleine's philosophy is simple: ditch the junk and eat foods that heal your gut so you can shine from head to toe and really get the glow.

Lavishly illustrated with sumptuous photography, GET THE GLOW is a cookbook to be savoured. Madeleine shares 100 delicious, wheat- and sugar-free recipes bursting with flavour and nutritional value leaving you feeling full and nourished. Every mouth-watering dish is easy to make, contains ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket and won't break the budget. You'll lose weight, feel healthier and will glow on the inside and out.

Including a six-week plan and advice on kitchen cupboard essentials and eating out, Madeleine's down-to-earth and practical guidance will help you to embrace GET THE GLOW as a lifestyle for good. This book will inspire you to fall back in love with food, life, and yourself.

Thank goodness she's not about fad diets or deprivation. Nutrition expert Madeleine Shaw's new book is all about ditching the junk and eating foods that make you glow with health. With completely wheat- and sugar-free recipes, meal plans and practical nutritional advice, it's your summer guide to goodness.I love Madeleine's book and her recipes. She makes healthy eating a joy.It's refreshing to know that this isn't just another celeb-does-healthy-eating tome but advice from a bona fide nutritionist who happens to have the backing of one of the most glowing women out there.This is a lady who walks her talk.Nutritional health coach to celebs like Made in Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh shows you how to eat your way to healthier skin and shinier hair by ditching the junk food and stocking up on probiotics.I am feeling inspired by Madeleine Shaw's cookbook Get the Glow, which offers a realistic six-week plan of action for health and happiness, and which most importantly doesn't suggest that I cut out drinking or anything silly like that.Sydney-born nutritional coach Madeleine counts the likes of Millie Mackintosh among her celebrity fans. After discovering the power of wholefoods as a teenager, she has developed a loyal social media following and hosts monthly heathy eating supper clubs from her home in South West London. Madeleine's first cookbook is released in April, and will centre on her key eating philosophy: ditch the junk and stick to foods that will heal your gut.After battling with her body image for the entirety of her teens, Madeleine Shaw realised that something had to change. And boy, did she change. Shaw is now a nutritionist, chef, writer, yoga nut, and lifestyle coach, counting a number of celebrities as clients. She's intent on persuading the world that preparing nutritious, beautiful food can (and should) be done at home. She also thinks that calorie counting is for losers (though, of course, she's quick to remind us that there are calories, and there are calories). Her sugar-cleanse is about as tough as they come, but it's also becoming increasingly popular as people learn more and more about the evil white stuff.100 delicious, easy and healthy recipes that will nourish you from the inside out.

Not so long ago, Madeleine Shaw would wake up feeling bloated, tired and unhealthy. So she decided to turn her life around and embarked on a journey to health that saw her travel to Sydney where she learned the art of eating well. Inspired to share her story with others, she is now a trained nutritional health coach, food blogger and creative cook. Her six-week 'Get the Glow' programme is in-demand by an impressive list of high-profile clients, all of whom Madeleine has helped enliven the hottest, healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. For now at least, Madeleine lives in London, where she is never too far away from her healthy staples: a blender, a yoga mat and a coconut!
Visit Madeleine's website at: http://madeleineshaw.com which is bursting with health and nutritional advice. She also has a Twitter account @madeleine_shaw_ and an Instagram page: http://instagram.com/madeleine_shaw_

Madeleine has been featured in RED magazine, the SUNDAY TIMES, DAILY MAIL and GRAZIA and has a roster of celebrity clients such as stars of MADE IN CHELSEA Millie Mackintosh and Caggie Dunlop, with Millie willing to provide the foreword to this book.Her profile is expanding rapidly; she holds monthly luxury supper clubs in West London, runs a successful blog and has recently become the new face of Philips juicers (replacing Jason Vale).Madeleine is a walking advert for her own nutritional plan- she looks amazing; she is also a qualified Nutritional Health Coach.Her social media presence is strong, with 176K followers on Instagram, 32K followers on Twitter and almost 16K likes on Facebook.Madeleine is tapping into two hugely popular diet trends - quitting sugar and gut health. With her credentials and reach, we should feel confident that we can emulate the sales of I QUIT SUGAR (30k TCM), HONESTLY HEALTHY (43k TCM) and James Duigan (56k TCM).Madeleine is now the guest chef on Endemol's new channel, ICON. You can view the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCANuU1MbLBUHgYmv6gKqK1Q
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Spice

By Dhruv Baker

Understanding the power of spice through delicious, approachable recipes.

Spices are magical ingredients. Used well, they transform food from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

The word 'spice' should not only mean heat or quantity of chilli in a dish. Spice is a reference to the myriad of unbelievable ingredients that for centuries were one of the primary causes of war, of piracy, of exploration and of empire building.

We now have these wonderful ingredients on our doorsteps, or even closer, in our spice cupboards, but we still treat them with a degree of confusion if not suspicion. Dhruv Baker has a unique understanding of spice and layering of flavours. In this crafted recipe collection, Dhruv decodes the delicate complexities of spice and shares his spicing genius.

Recipes include:

Fennel and saffron butter poached lobster
Pork tenderloin fritters, achari mayonnaise
Cauliflower cheese with cumin and macadamia crust
Cardamom, salted pistachios and rose meringues
Rum and star anise poached figs

Spice is the perfect book to turn to if you want to use spices more adventurously and thoughtfully.

Dhruv, the 2010 winner of Masterchef, has an Indian mother and an English father. He spent most of his formative years in India, but this is only one of many countries that have influenced his distinctive, delicious and accessible recipe style.

Another first book success, this time from the 'palate of an angel' MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker. The recipes span the globe but are just the sort of thing you'll want to cook at home.If you are a MasterChef fan and your memory stretches back as far as 2010, you will remember Dhruv 'palate of an angel' Baker. He won the competition with a deft use of spices and flavouring, and now he has written a book about cooking with spices. 'My spice cupboard is my haven, my treasure trove of flavour,' he says. 'I want to share this love with you.' Along with more than 100 recipes (chicken chukka, Malabar prawn curry, rum- and star anise-poached figs, cassia custard and so on), Baker has included a spice guide (for example, 'allspice: the dried unripe fruit of the allspice tree, good in desserts') and a flavour map. Thus armed, you can transform a plain diet into a thing of wonder.So many people are hesitant or become hidebound with their spicing, and yet one of the great pleasures of cooking is in playing with flavours that give food oomph and subtle complexity; spices do not have to mean big-bang taste explosions, though they have their place. This book is, for me, a must-have and it gives me great pleasure to introduce it to you. I've chosen a recipe that highlights one of my favourite spices - cumin - in the form of Cheese and Cumin Croquettes, but there is plenty, plenty more in this book to get the taste buds tingling.Dhruv Baker, the 2010 Masterchef winner, knows exactly how to use spices to liven up the palate and get your dishes really noticed. An Anglo-Indian background and a childhood spent in Mexico have given him an incredible insight into flavour. Whether he is addding a few cumin seeds and a macadamia crust to cauliflower cheese or slipping vanilla into mashed potato, his ideas are simple but the results are magical.

Staying in the zone of aromatics is the brightly designed Spice: Layers of Flavour by Dhruv Baker, a former Masterchef winner and new proprietor of the Jolly Gardeners in south London.

Baker uses spices creatively. Green beans are dressed with coconut, black mustard seeds and red chilli; aubergine is grilled, glazed with ginger and miso; beef is roasted with fenugreek and cardamom is added to a lemon and lime curd tart. I'd give this book to anyone who loves cooking as an adventure; and with Baker's palate you are in safe hands.

Spice is the perfect book to turn to if you want to use spices more adventurously and thoughtfully.

Dhruv, the 2010 winner of Masterchef, has an Indian mother and an English father. He spent most of his formative years in India, but this is only one of many countries that have influenced his distinctive, delicious and accessible recipe style.

Another first book success, this time from the 'palate of an angel' MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker. The recipes span the globe but are just the sort of thing you'll want to cook at home.If you are a MasterChef fan and your memory stretches back as far as 2010, you will remember Dhruv 'palate of an angel' Baker. He won the competition with a deft use of spices and flavouring, and now he has written a book about cooking with spices. 'My spice cupboard is my haven, my treasure trove of flavour,' he says. 'I want to share this love with you.' Along with more than 100 recipes (chicken chukka, Malabar prawn curry, rum- and star anise-poached figs, cassia custard and so on), Baker has included a spice guide (for example, 'allspice: the dried unripe fruit of the allspice tree, good in desserts') and a flavour map. Thus armed, you can transform a plain diet into a thing of wonder.So many people are hesitant or become hidebound with their spicing, and yet one of the great pleasures of cooking is in playing with flavours that give food oomph and subtle complexity; spices do not have to mean big-bang taste explosions, though they have their place. This book is, for me, a must-have and it gives me great pleasure to introduce it to you. I've chosen a recipe that highlights one of my favourite spices - cumin - in the form of Cheese and Cumin Croquettes, but there is plenty, plenty more in this book to get the taste buds tingling.Dhruv Baker, the 2010 Masterchef winner, knows exactly how to use spices to liven up the palate and get your dishes really noticed. An Anglo-Indian background and a childhood spent in Mexico have given him an incredible insight into flavour. Whether he is addding a few cumin seeds and a macadamia crust to cauliflower cheese or slipping vanilla into mashed potato, his ideas are simple but the results are magical.

Staying in the zone of aromatics is the brightly designed Spice: Layers of Flavour by Dhruv Baker, a former Masterchef winner and new proprietor of the Jolly Gardeners in south London.

Baker uses spices creatively. Green beans are dressed with coconut, black mustard seeds and red chilli; aubergine is grilled, glazed with ginger and miso; beef is roasted with fenugreek and cardamom is added to a lemon and lime curd tart. I'd give this book to anyone who loves cooking as an adventure; and with Baker's palate you are in safe hands.

Understanding the power of spice through delicious, approachable recipes.

Dhruv Baker is the winner of the BBC's MasterChef 2010 and has a rich cultural background which has helped shape how he cooks and the spices he uses in his dishes - from living in Mexico to India, Spain and Tanzania, Dhruv is the perfect chef to introduce cardamom, turmeric and saffron to the modern lexicon using approachable and delicious recipes.

Visit Dhruv Baker's website at www.dhruvbaker.com and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DhruvBaker1.

Dhruv is the winner of BBC's MASTERCHEF 2010 where it was said he has the 'palate of an angel'.He has an outstanding platform with Waitrose: he is one of the faces for Waitrose TV, regularly writes for WAITROSE WEEKEND magazine and had a column in WAITROSE KITCHEN throughout 2013.His Tilda limited edition spices will hit the shelves next month with a second dish out in April 2013. He also promotes Tefal's new products.
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Rachel Khoo's Muesli and Granola

By Rachel Khoo

Classic and simple breakfast recipes from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN.

From her tiny kitchen in Paris, Rachel Khoo has revolutionised the way in which we think about French food with her bestselling book and TV series, THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN. Celebrating French cooking with her own modern twist, Rachel has shown the world that recreating the French culinary experience doesn't have to be difficult - or traditional. Using the classic recipes that have made France home to the best culinary experience, Rachel is an expert at recreating those dishes we know and love, with a fresh and modern take.

In MUESLI AND GRANOLA, Rachel Khoo shows you how to create your own boxes of cereal, delicious mueslis, granolas and porridges, such as Persian porridge, citrus fruit granola and rhubarb compote. You'll also discover other exciting uses for muesli: crumbles, cookies, muffins, bread and amuse-bouches, with recipes such as double chocolate flapjack and cherry and pistachio muesli bars. Including ideas for children and for those with gluten allergies, this is a unique collection of recipes that will inspire you to start your day with a little bit of Paris.

Breakfast is often overlooked so Rachel Khoo's latest book makes a refreshing change... It's full of all sorts of healthy and tempting ideas to brighten up this most important meal of the dayClassic and simple breakfast recipes from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN.

The daughter of a Malaysian Chinese father and an Austrian mother, Rachel grew up in Croydon before graduating from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. Ultimately, her passion for patisserie lured her to Paris, where she studied at Le Cordon Bleu and became a pastry chef and cook. First published in French as BARRES A CEREALS: GRANOLA ET MUESLI MAISON, this collection of recipes was her first book. Rachel's culinary life in Paris was the subject of the TV series and bestselling cookery book, THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN.

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From her tiny kitchen in Paris, Rachel Khoo has revolutionised the way in which we think about French food with her bestselling book and BBC series, The Little Paris Kitchen. Using classic recipes that have made France home to the best culinary experience, Rachel is an expert at recreating those dishes we know and love, with a fresh and fun take.

In Muesli and Granola, Rachel shows you how to create lovely cereal, delicious mueslis, granolas and porridges for your most important meal of the day. You'll also discover other exciting uses for muesli: cookies, crumbles, muffins, bread and amuse-bouches, with recipes such as double chocolate flapjack and cherry and pistachio muesli bars. Including ideas for children and for those with gluten allergies, this is a unique collection of recipes that will inspire you to start your day with a little bit of Paris.


Living and cooking in Paris, Rachel is the British Amelie of the kitchen. A graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, her passion for patisserie lured her to Paris, where she obtained a pastry diploma. Working as a freelancer, she now travels the world working on a variety of projects, from workshops to catering for huge blue-chip client events to smaller, intimate pop-up restaurants. She continues to run 'La petite cuisine à Paris' (Paris' smallest underground restaurant) from her tiny kitchen.

Rachel Khoo's book, THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN, has been a phenomenal success, selling over 102,000 copies and reaching the No.1 spot in the SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers chart.The BBC2 TV series, THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN, launched in March 2012 with its first series and has had an average of 1.5 million viewers per episode.Rachel trained at le Cordon Bleu, the world-famous cookery school based in Paris.Rachel's unique brand of Anglo-French fusion cooking has all of the ingredients to become a worldwide success.Rachel has been shortlisted in the FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS 2013, for Best TV Personality.Rachel Khoo is making regular guest appearances on the BBC2 series of FOOD AND DRINK, a programme which regularly gains over 2 million viewers. Her first series of THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN is also being repeated on BBC2.
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Ceviche

By Martin Morales

Modern Peruvian cuisine - with soul

Food is a serious business in Lima and restaurateur Martin Morales, whose top Soho restaurant opened to wide acclaim in 2012, has travelled the length and breadth of Peru to discover the country's best dishes. This collection is his life's passion; it will inspire home cooks to try fresh, healthy and delicious new recipes.

From sizzling barbecued anticuchos, superfood quinoa salads, delicate baked corn breads, juicy saltados and lucuma ice, CEVICHE brings the colours and tastes of Peru to the home kitchen.

With its uniquely tactile design, it is impossible not to love.

Peruvians, as Paddington Bear fans will recall, like to keep their food under their hats. In Ceviche, Morales lifts the lid on his native cuisine, which is considered by Escoffier as among the best in the world. His book is a delight. Between stunning tiled covers, Morales sets off the eponymous delicacies of marinated raw fish with more comforting dishes, plus the frisky, pisco-based cocktails he serves at his restaurant in Soho. Not that these are tricky, chef-level recipes: it is mainly simple homely stuffIn the form of Martin Morales, Peruvian food now has the most charming and dedicated ambassador, if not apostle, that it could hope forThis is cuisine with a kickThis place is brilliant. The cooking is super-confident, rare and interesting, the look of the room is great and the bar must be fantastic in the evening. The music is lovely and the staff are incredibly sweet and kind. And it's cheap. I never really want to go anywhere else againThe book has the dual attraction for me of having 100 cool recipes and - maybe a niche consideration - a cool textured front cover that makes it look like a wall of tilesthe epitome of great Peruvian food; fresh, bold and exciting. Perfect for a summer dinner partyFor trend-setters. Peruvian cuisine is an intriguing blend of influences around the world... it's now firmly on Britain's culinary map. This book helps you to create the unique cuisine at homePeruvian cuisine has a fine ambassador in Martin Morales, owner of Soho's Ceviche restaurant. His absorbing book covers everything from Andean village specialities to street food, as well as the signature dishes from the restaurant. Along the way, you receive a real insight into Peruvian culture and cuisine... deliciousVibrant, healthy and using lots f fish, chillies, corn and citrus fruits, Peruvian cooking is some of the most exciting in the world - a fact picked up by the great chef Escoffier more than a century ago... You'll love the cover too - very strokableclean, zingy and refreshing, with a spicy kickTrendy London restaurant Ceviche prides itself on combining the exotic flavours of Peru with the UK's finest fish and seafood, and this book shares many of owner Martin Morales' favourite dishes...Ceviche provides a wealth of information about perfecting Peru's national dish, as well as recipes for all kinds of other South-American inspired salads, sweets and stewsCeviche restaurant launched in 2012, igniting a passion for Peruvian food among London foodies, who were soon frantically trying to outdo one another with their talk of tamales, quinottos and escabeches. If you love the restaurant, or you haven't been able to bag a table and long to try Peruvian food, this book is the answer. Martin Morales takes you through the basics of the cuisine...interspersed are stories about Martin's family and life in Peru, and photographs of the country that are almost as mouthwatering as the foodPeruvian food was the dining trend of last year - now whip it up at home with London restaurant Ceviche's new self-titled book. It's stuffed with recipes for grilled fish, spicy meats and light dessertsCeviche, the citrus-cured fish dish, takes centre stage at the brilliant London restaurant of the same name. This offshoot book is more instructive than your typical 'restaurant cookbook', and will have you rustling up the ceviches and anticuchos (marinaded meat or fish skewers) before you know it. Martin Morales's passion for his home country's cooking practically leaps of the page - as does the lickable food photographyOne of the pioneers of the Peruvian food revolution in Britain, Lima-born Morales opened his Soho restaurant, Ceviche, to much fanfare 18 months ago. Now he has released a cookbook detailing some of the restaurant's signature plates - including those quaffable pisco sours - and other key dishes in what is considered the gourmet capital of Latin America... A detailed section on the more unusual ingredients and where to find them in London is worth its weight in rocoto peppersLatin American restaurants are hot at the moment but this is the first cookbook to show how to make this exciting cuisine at home. There are so many flavours to explore: tongue-tingling ceviche, spiced meat and fish dishes, superfood grains and special ice creamCeviche is a popular Peruvian seafood dish and is also the name Peruvian restaurateur Martin Morales gave to his London restaurant. Now Martin has published a cookbook of the same name offering his favourite recipes to show off Peruvian cuisine at its best. Foodies will love the refreshing recipes and if you don't recognise some of the ingredients, there's no need to worry - there's a useful section on suppliers for the harder-to-find ones.Martin Morales, Chef Patron of restaurant Ceviche, gives us an insight into the marriage of cultures that made Peruvian food what it is today. With the first two chapters dedicated to the art of great Ceviche and Peruvian street food, this book goes on to provide good, clear recipes for fish, meat and desserts plus a drinks section, and Martin's tips throughout the book help to bring a taste of Peru to the readerCeviche: Peruvian Kitchen by Martin Morales has also enlivened out family table, with fabulous raw fish salads, escabeche (sautéed marinated fish); sweet Coca-Cola chicken and some handsome ways with South American pulses and grains'This collection of recipes, from London restaurant Ceviche, celebrates the best of Peruvian cuisine. Peruvian-born restaurateur and chef, Martin Morales, who founded the Soho eaterie in 2012, combines his love of Peruvian food and fresh produce with simple techniques to show you how to make the best ceviche as well as more than 100 other dishes... all are utterly deliciousModern Peruvian cuisine - with soul.

A cook since the age of 11, Martin Morales was a founding member of Apple iTunes, Disney's youngest ever board member, and has been involved in a number of hospitality and events businesses and brands. He has the backing of industry experts to ensure that the Ceviche brand continues to grow into a global success - Ceviche is producing Britain's first ever pop up restaurant tour, in June and July 2013, and releases vinyl records of Peruvian music through its own record label called Tiger Milk Records. Based in the heart of London's Soho, Ceviche has now become one of London's most loved and talked about restaurants. Ceviche supports www.amantini.org.uk, a charity helping some of the poorest children in Peru, and Martin is a Trustee at Amantani.

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Ceviche launched in Soho in March 2012 to enormous critical and commercial success.Martin Morales is an ambassador for Peruvian food and has a successful career launching experiences and brands. He has the backing of industry experts to ensure that Ceviche continues to grow into a global success.With the same accessibility of Leon and the same edge as Barrafina, Ceviche is the next - and best- restaurant for fans of South American food.