Discover the most entertaining way to spend the year: with a spot of spring cleaning (that ends in a mess), a summer picnic (invaded by ants), Halloween dress-up (or not, if you’re already scary) and the only thing to be done in December…
Showcasing seasonal artwork and humorous poems for every month of the year from Quentin Blake and John Yeoman, the All The Year Round Birthday Book is the perfect place to keep all your birthdays, anniveraries and other important dates to remember.
With a seasonal rhyme for every month, discover the most entertaining way to spend the year: with a spot of spring cleaning (that ends in a mess), a summer picnic (invaded by ants), Halloween dress-up (or not, if you’re already scary) and the only thing to be done in December…
'Who can resist a book that recommends love and chocolate as part of a balanced diet?' asked Allison Pearson in the Daily Telegraph about Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Fat, a mould-breaking book that unlocked the secrets of 'The French paradox' and sold well over a million copies worldwide. By letter, by email, in person, readers have inundated Mireille Guiliano with requests for more advice. Her answer: this buoyant new book full of advice, ideas and fresh, French recipes for each season.
It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you'll certainly find all the elements of a quintessential traditional Christmas brought to vivid life: snowy rooftops, gleaming shop windows, steaming bowls of punch, plum puddings like speckled cannon balls, sage and onion stuffing, miracles, magic, charity and goodwill.
This beautifully produced Vintage Classics edition gathers together not only Dickens' Christmas Books ('A Christmas Carol', 'The Chimes', 'The Battle of Life','The Cricket on the Hearth' and 'The Haunted Man') but also stories that Dickens wrote for the special seasonal editions of his periodicals All the Year Round and Household Words, and a festive tale from The Pickwick Papers.
A must-have for Christmas, this edition should be as necessary to your festivities as holly, mistletoe and silver bells.
An intoxicating yet sensitive novel about the sexual experiences of ten couples from Tarbox, New England. Well-to-do, sociable, articulate but dangerously unfulfilled; they play word games in the evening and adultery all year round.
Daffodils and tulips herald the arrival of spring, but from the earliest snowdrops to autumn crocosmias, bulbs bring colour and interest to gardens all year round. They can be naturalized in lawns, planted in containers, fill gaps between shrubs or form the basis of stunning borders. This definitive guide gives you Alan Titchmarsh's advice on how to plant bulbs for best effect in your garden.
* A-Z directory of Alan's recommended bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes * Easy-to-follow plans show how to use bulbs in various situations and at different times of year * Practical tips for growing bulbs in grass, rockeries, containers, indoors and for cutting * Planting and growing techniques * Seasonal planting for year-round colour and scent
Have sweet dreams all year round with the Jacqueline Wilson Dream Journal! It's packed with puzzles, fun facts, activities and quotes from your favourite Jacqueline Wilson stories. There's space to write in it every day, plus somewhere special to record all the dreams you've had each month. And there's a special note from Jacqueline herself!
Every garden needs some extra colour at some point - whether it's to fill a gap in a border, place a hanging basket or even liven up wall with window boxes.The Bedding Plant Expert shows you the best way to add extra interest, with advice on:
Buying and raising bedding plants Picking the right bedding plants for your garden How to bed out Filling in, screening, containers Using bedding plants all year-round Choosing colour combinations
Overall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013
With a tantalizing storyline that dares the reader to explore a monstrous mansion, this spooky new take on the classic Haunted House concept is completely engrossing. It is jam-packed with pops and flaps, and on the final page there is a terrific twist.
Perfect as a Halloween treat, or for spooky thrills all year round!
Peppa and George want to give Mummy Pig a very special day to show her just how much they love her, but things don't always go entirely to plan! Clever, brave and resourceful Mummy Pig comes to the rescue over and over again in this charming, sparkly picture book.
The perfect read for a snuggly bedtime story all year round, I Love You, Mummy Pig will make the whole family smile.
In the late 1980s heavyweight boxing was ruled by one man - Mike Tyson. No one could touch him, it seemed, but nonetheless a generation of fighters tried. From 1986 to 1989, Mitch Green, Reggie Gross, Marvis Frazier, Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tucker and Carl Williams all attempted to bring Tyson to his knees. They all failed.
Everyone knows the story of Tyson's decline and fall - the manchild who seemed poised to become one of the greatest boxers in history is now a disgraced relic - but what happened to the men he defeated during his irrepressible prime?
In The Long Round, Dominic Calder-Smith talks to these men nearly twenty years on - the Baptist minister, the drugs counsellor, the security guard at Ground Zero, the convicted assassin and many of their contemporaries - tracing their lives from their upbringings and years of promise to their encounters with Tyson and the present day.
The Long Round explores, openly and honestly, the pain they felt in defeat and their subsequent search for self-respect, their problems with drugs and relationships, their legal woes and financial mismanagements. Some of these men have forged new lives outside of boxing, others struggle to do so, a few even harbour impossible hopes of one last shot at the title.
The Long Round is the story of the fight game - a story of unfulfilled dreams and turbulent lives, of letting boxing go and making a fresh start. It is the story of what happens to fighting men when they move away from the spotlight of the prize ring and have to survive the game of life - the longest round of all.
Little Miss Pepperpot is kept busy all year round, what will she get up to this time? She might very well find herself riding on a cat, being adopted by a hen, saving her friend the moose and cheering up a young girl in hospital.
A compilation of twelve stories, one for each month of the year, including: The New Year’s Eve Adventure; Fate and Mrs Pepperpot; Mrs Pepperpot helps Arne; Spring Cleaning; Easter Chicks; The Cuckoo; Midsummer Romance; Mrs Pepperpot and the Pedlar; The Moose Hunt; Mrs Pepperpot and the Weather; Mrs Pepperpot in Hospital; Mrs Pepperpot’s Christmas
The Gardener's Year is not about quick fixes, design makeovers or hard drudge, but simply about knowing what you should be doing in your garden, when, and why.
Month by month Alan gives us the low-down on garden maintenance enabling you to keep your garden looking its best all year round. In-depth and packed full of useful gardening tips, it includes advice on everything from what seeds you can plant out in your vegetable plot in May, to how to keep your hanging baskets looking stunning in September.
The true story of the tragic round-the-world yacht race - now the subject of The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz
In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race–an incredible test of endurance never before attempted–a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop.
This remarkable challenge inspired those daring to enter–with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved.
Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank while in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race.
Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.
Everyone loves being on holiday. Lying on the beach with the sand between your toes and bathed in the warm rays of the sun, you feel relaxed, happy and contented, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
But what if you could capture that elusive holiday feeling all year round?
Bestselling author Alexandra Massey argues that you don't need to jet off to some far-flung location to enjoy that 'glad to be alive' feeling - it's accessible to everyone at any time.
- Discover how to bring the holiday feeling back home with you - Learn to kick back and avoid letting everyday stress get to you - Nurture your emotional wellbeing and discover harmony within yourself - Achieve a sense of liberation within your hectic lifestyle - Take practical steps to getting more fulfilment out of life - Find the joy that only seems accessible when you're on holiday
Life's a Beach shows how a few small changes can help you feel happier, more relaxed and able to enjoy that holiday feeling all year round.
Angels - and stories of how they can rescue, support and heal us in times of trouble - have become deservedly popular in recent years. Glennyce Eckersley shows how angels can be experienced in many different forms - in traditional guise with wings; as a simple light or fragrance or even as people with modern-day clothing.
Full of extraordinary, true and heartwarming stories from all round the globe, Angels to Watch Over Us is an enchanting book that will open your eyes to new possibilities, and to other worlds.
Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal never meant to make history. Dragged at the age of ten into the modern-day Knights Templar by her father, the Grandmaster, Billi's the first girl ever to be a Templar warrior. Her life is a rigorous and brutal round of weapons' practice, demon killing and occult lore - and a lot of bruises.
But then temptation is placed in Billi's path - an alternative to her isolated life. But temptation brings consequences. In this case - the tenth plague - the death of all first borns and so Billi must choose her destiny. And as she soon discovers, death isn't even the worst . . .
Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you’ll find another story.
Come to the house where it is Christmas all year round; meet the ghost who lives on a Twitter timeline; be spooked by a newborn baby created with sugar, spice and lashings of cake.
Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris’s exceptional talent as a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. Sensuous, mischievous, uproarious and wry, here are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected; wild fantasy with bittersweet reality.