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The Long Weekend

Adrian Tinniswood (Author)

‘[A] fantastically readable and endlessly fascinating bookDelicious, occasionally fantastical, revealing in ways that Downtown Abbey never was.’ Rachel Cooke, Observer

A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

There is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in summer. And there has never been a summer quite like that Indian summer between the two world wars, a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes.

Real life in the country house during the 1920s and 1930s was not always so sunny. By turns opulent and ordinary, noble and vicious, its shadows were darker. In The Long Weekend, Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the truth about a world half-forgotten, draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film-star smiles. Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to the people who inhabited this world. In a definitive social history which combines anecdote and narrative with scholarship, it brings the stately homes of England to life, giving readers an insight into the guilt and the gingerbread, and showing how the image of the country house was carefully protected by its occupants above and below stairs, and how the reality was so much more interesting than the dream.

The Long Weekend

Savita Kalhan (Author)

Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive?

This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night...

A Walk in the Park

Travis Elborough (Author)

Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life. You might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there – and that they always will.

In fact, the roots of even the most humble neighbourhood park lie in age-old battles over land and liberty. From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, theirs is a story of land-grabbing monarchs and Restoration fops, great Victorian industrialist, punks and model-boaters – and somewhere among it all, the common man trying to enjoy his single day of rest. It’s a story best told by way of the Epic of Gilgamesh and Gary Numan LPs, with trips into the lives of celebrated engineers and artists, and the occasional hop across the Atlantic and the Channel.

Along the way, parks have proved themselves to be shape-shifters, transforming according to their public’s need – they’ve been converted into wartime farms; by night, they’ve provided some with the perfect location for illicit rendezvous. But right now, in an era of cuts, British parks are under threat. As such, Travis Elborough’s joyful and loving portrait is a timely celebration of a small wonder that we may on occasion take for granted. It will have your next trip to the park brimming with history, anecdote and new meaning.

Thomas Becket

John Guy (Author)

From the winner of the 2004 Whitbread Biography Award and the Marsh Biography Award John Guy, comes Thomas Becket, a lively and enlightening new book that brings a colossal figure of British history vividly to life.

This is the man, not the legend . . .

Thomas Becket lived at the centre of medieval England. Son of a draper's merchant, he was befriended and favoured by Henry II and quickly ascended the rungs of power and privilege. He led 700 knights into battle, brokered peace between warring states and advised King and Pope. Yet he lost it all defying his closest friend and King, resulting in his own bloody murder and the birth of a legend. In John Guy's masterful account the life, death and times of Thomas Becket come splendidly alive.

'Lively, effortlessly readable, superb. A triumph' The Times

'Suspenseful, meticulously researched . . . however well you think you know the story, it is well worth the read' Financial Times

'Wonderfully moving and subtle. Reading of the assassination is almost unbearably intense and brings tears to one's eye' Daily Express

'Compelling, marvellously measured, entertainingly astute, and in places positively moving' The Independent

'A beautifully layered portrait of one of the most complex characters in English history . . . not only corrects many historical errors and uncertainties, but merits reading more than once, for the sheer joy of its superb storytelling' The Times

'Scintillates with energetic scene-setting, giving us a tactile, visual feel for early medieval England . . . breathes new life into an oft-told tale' Financial Times

'Vivid and extremely readable. The most accessible Life of Thomas Becket to be published in recent years' The Times Literary Supplement

John Guy is an award-winning historian, accomplished broadcaster and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. His previous books include My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, winner of the 2004 Whitbread Biography Award and the Marsh Biography Award, the highly acclaimed dual biography A Daughter's Love: Thomas and Margaret More and a history, Tudor England, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

Nutmeg and Custard

Marcus Wareing (Author)

In Marcus Wareing's Nutmeg & Custard, you'll find a recipe for every occasion to suit every taste. Ideal for the aspiring home cook and anyone who loves great food, Marcus' recipes are all about bringing out the very best in simple ingredients.

Inspired by everything from childhood memories to travels abroad, Nutmeg & Custard is jam-packed with over 150 stunning recipes from smoky pulled-pork butties and spiced seafood chowder to the beautifully simple pesto popcorn and the wonderfully comforting home-made crumpets with burnt honey butter.

It's the kind of family-friendly food that begs to be shared time and time again, so celebrate the very best of home cooking with this ultimate collection of indulgent recipes.

The Prawn Cocktail Years

Lindsey Bareham (Author) , Simon Hopkinson (Author)

While Lindsey Bareham was helping Simon Hopkinson put together his best-selling book, Roast Chicken and Other Stories, the two of them began to reminisce about hotel and restaurant dishes they had grown up with and always loved; those Cinderellas of the kitchen that we abandoned in our quest for the wilder shores of gastronomy. Classics such as Duck a l’Orange, Weiner Schnitzel, Moussaka, Garlic Mushrooms and, of course, Prawn Cocktail, have all been slung out like old lovers but when made with fine, fresh ingredients and prepared with care and a genuine love of good eating, these former favourites should grace the most discerning of tables.

The Prawn Cocktail Years sets out to rehabilitate the food we once loved and found exciting. In so doing, the authors take us on a cook’s tour of the legendary post-war hotels and gentlemen’s clubs with their Mulligatawny and Shepherd’s Pie, to the bistros of Swinging London where Paté Maison and sizzling Escargots excited the braver palate. Then there were the first Italian trattorias where Saltimbocca and Oranges in Caramel were the order of the day and the ‘Continental’ restaurants with their exotic offerings of Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev and Rhum Baba. Recipes for all these old favourites have been brought back to life as well as those classics that were once described as the Great British Meal - Prawn Cocktail, Steak Garni with Chips and Black Forest Gateau. Cooked as they should be, this much derided and often ridiculed dinner is still something very special indeed. The prawn cocktail years are staging a comeback . . .

Houses of Power

Simon Thurley (Author)

What was it like to live as a royal Tudor? Why were their residences built as they were and what went on inside their walls? Who slept where and with who? Who chose the furnishings? And what were their passions?
The Tudors ruled through the day, throughout the night, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Their palaces were genuine power houses - the nerve-centre of military operations, the boardroom for all executive decisions and the core of international politics. Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurley's thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how these monarchs shaped their lives. Far more than simply an architectural history - a study of private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court - it gives an entirely new and remarkable insight into the Tudor world.

Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers

It's everything you need for the best Christmas ever

Inside you'll find all the classics as well as tasty alternatives, including: salmon pate, apple and squash soup; roast turkey, goose and venison; nut roast and baked squash; best roasties, baked mash, parsnips, glazed carrots, four ways to do sprouts; gravies and cranberry sauce, meat and vegetarian stuffings; turkey risotto; Christmas pud, trifles, pavlova; chocolate logs, Christmas cake, mince pies, gingerbread, baked camembert, smoked salmon bilinis, hot buttered rum and many, many more delicious recipes.

"I've got all the bases covered with everything you need for the big day and any feasting meals over the festive period, as well as party fare, edible gifts, teatime treats, cocktails and of course, exciting ways to embrace and celebrate those leftovers. You'll also find all the deeply important technical info you need, such as cooking charts, and wherever possible, I've designed the recipes to be cooked at the same oven temperature, so you can be efficient with time and oven space, and it'll be super-easy for you to mix and match the different elements and build your own perfect Christmas meal.

I haven't held back. This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan."
Jamie Oliver


'Our favourite. It is a 400-page-plus volume featuring recipes that will become your go-tos for the festive period and beyond' Independent

'If you take Jamie's advice, plan ahead and delegate to friends and family, you might just find your Christmas turning out as jolly as the cheery photos of Jamie's festive gatherings' Daily Mail, Books of the Year

'Excellent, wonderful. A good-natured book that will be the cook's friend this season' Evening Standard

Jamie's Comfort Food

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Indulge yourself with Jamie's Comfort Food, packed with 100 recipes designed to cheer you up and warm the cockles of your heart

It's all about the dishes that are close to your heart, that put a smile on your face and make you feel happy, loved, safe and secure. Inspired by everything from childhood memories to the changing of the seasons, and taking into account the guilty pleasures and sweet indulgences that everyone enjoys, Jamie's Comfort Food is brimming with exciting recipes you'll fall in love with.

This is the food you really want to eat, made exactly how you like it. With this in mind, the book features ultimate versions of all-time favourites, and also introduces cherished dishes from countries around the world, providing a delicious recipe for every occasion. This isn't everyday cooking - this is about weekends, holidays, celebrations and occasions. Whether you're home alone, or sharing the love with a big group of family or friends, there really is something for everyone.

Recipes include everything from mighty Moussaka, delicate Gyoza with Crispy Wings, steaming Ramen and Katsu Curry to super Eggs Benedict, scrumptious Sticky Toffee Pudding and tutti frutti Pear Tarte Tatin.

Treat yourself, and your loved ones, with Jamie's Comfort Food.

Save with Jamie

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie gets the nation cooking clever, shopping smart and wasting less with the book for the savvy cook, Save with Jamie

Save with Jamie will help you make better choices in the kitchen, showing you how to buy economically and efficiently, get the most out of your ingredients, save time and prevent food waste. And there's no compromise - we're talking big flavours, comfort food that makes you happy, and colourful, optimistic dishes.

Enjoy delicious dishes that won't break the bank, including Sweet and Spicy Beef Tagine, Slow-Roasted Pork Ragu, crispy Salmon Tacos and Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni. With Jamie's bonus chapter on dishes for £1 a serving, you're guaranteed to eat well for less.

Our biggest luxury is knowledge, whether times are hard or not, so get kitchen smart.

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Packed with delicious, nutritionally balanced meals, Jamie's 15-Minute Meals will arm you with the skills to create wonderful meals, shockingly fast

Jamie's created methodical, clever, sociable, fun recipes full of big flavours that take the concept of fast, everyday food to a new level. He's taken inspiration from all over the world, embracing tastes that we all love and playing on classic chicken, steak, pasta and global street food dishes.

You'll be amazed what you can create in just 15 minutes, from tender Chicken Dim Sum with Coconut Buns and tangy Cucumber Pickle to Crab Bolognese with crunchy Fennel Salad. Whether you're cooking for your family or grabbing a quick bite, Jamie's 15 Minute Meals has the perfect combination of light snacks and hearty meals to satisfy everyone.

These are some of the quickest, easiest meals Jamie's ever done, all triple tested to ensure that this book is a reliable companion for you and your family.

'Jamie Oliver's 15-Minute Meals is far and away the most balanced and exciting everyday cookbook out there - and if you liked 30-Minute Meals, this will knock your socks off. Jamie should be given the Victoria Cross' The Times

Jamie's Great Britain

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie Oliver celebrates Britain's very best food in Jamie's Great Britain

Jamie grew up in one of the first true British "gastropubs". For him, the heart and soul of real British cooking is food that puts a smile on your face. And that's what he wants to share in the new book: the essence of British food, done properly.

Over the years, British food culture has embraced flavours and influences from all the people who came and made Great Britain their home. The food reflects an open-minded culture as well as the country's beauty. There are over 100 of Jamie Oliver's favourite recipes: some are indisputable classics, some are his versions of the classics, some should be classics but just haven't been made famous yet and others he's made up from the great bounty of British produce.

Inspired by his childhood, Jamie shares the recipes for his favourite pub grub and equips you with everything you'll need for the perfect picnic. Jamie's Great Britain guides you through classic dishes and snacks, like moreish Scotch Eggs, crispy Cornish Pasties and a Victoria Sponge that will add a sparkle to any summer day.

Wherever you're from, if you love food Jamie's Great Britain will offer you a little taste of happiness.

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie Does

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie Does... is Jamie's personal celebration of amazing food from six very different countries

Each chapter focuses on a different city or region - Marrakesh, Athens, Venice, Andalucia, Stockholm and the Midi Pyrenees region of France. Classic recipes sit alongside new dishes that Jamie learns along the way.

Jamie Does... shares inspiring dishes from Jamie's travels, including rustic Venetian Fish Stew, delicate Beetroot Gravadlax, Chicken Kebabs with creamy Avocado Dip and sweet Honey and Pistachio Cake.

'The food I've embraced on each trip is a mixture of what you could call the clichéd star dishes - the many tagines of Morocco, the flamboyant paellas of Spain, the comforting risottos from Italy and the zingy fresh flavours of a classic Greek salad - and the recipes that I've been inspired to make after walking through the markets and soaking up the vibes of each place. What you'll find in Jamie Does... is fun, optimistic, escapist food you can actually cook and enjoy in your own home.' - Jamie

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie's America

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Join Jamie on the ultimate culinary road trip across America

'America - A country of many contrasts. For me, it presented the ultimate food trip to explore places, ingredients, food culture & traditions. I wanted to get to the heart of great American food, to get past the junk and super-sized portions. I set off on what I knew would be a completely inspiring trip. I wasn't wrong. . . from New York to New Orleans, the energy of Los Angeles to the big skies of Wyoming, I found what I was looking for: some of the most diverse and delicious recipes I've ever come across! And with 120 of them in this book, I'll show you the quick and easy way to put a little slice of America on your dinner table. What a trip!' - Jamie

Discover exciting new recipes from New York to the Wild West, including crispy Fish and Corn Salsa, fiery Shrimp Cocktail and, for when you're feeling decadent, delicious Churros with homemade Hot Chocolate.

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie's Ministry of Food

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie Oliver will teach you to cook from scratch in the Ministry of Food

We need to learn from the past. We need to look back at the way our grandmothers and great-grandmothers cooked - wholesome, tasty food that was simple and quick to prepare. If you're a complete beginner in the kitchen, Jamie Oliver's promise to you is that you'll be making some great dinners within hours of reading his book. A little knowledge and a few basic tools can go a long way, and Jamie's Ministry of Food is your first step ...

Whether you are starting out and want to gain confidence in the kitchen or a seasoned cook looking to perfect classic dishes, Jamie's Ministry of Food is for you. Jamie shares tips and tricks for the ultimate curry, roast dinner and stir-fry along with many more of his favourite traditional recipes. If that wasn't enough, he also lets you in on delicious meals that you can make in just 20 minutes, including Salmon Tikka with fresh Cucumber Yoghurt and a hearty Chicken and Leek Stroganoff.

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie at Home

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Discover the art of cooking simply and naturally with Jamie Oliver's bestselling Jamie at Home

'This book is very close to my heart. It's about no-nonsense, simple cooking with great flavours all year round. When I began writing it, I didn't really know what recipes I would come up with, but something began to inspire me very quickly... my vegetable patch!

I came to realise last year that it's not always about looking out at the wider world for inspiration. Being at home, feeling relaxed and open, can also offer this. I love to spend time at home in the village where I grew up, working with the boss, Mother Nature, in my garden and seeing all my beautiful veggies coming out of the ground.' - Jamie

Jamie at Home has a seasonal piece of veg as the star of each chapter and shares Jamie's favourite recipes for fresh ingredients you can grow in your own back garden. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for a friend (why not try Jamie's beautiful chutneys, pickled veg or homemade ketchup) or a healthy meal the whole family will enjoy like creamy Courgette Carbonara followed by Rhubarb and Custard Soufflé, Jamie at Home has something for everyone.

Inside Jamie at Home you'll find over 100 new recipes from Jamie Oliver, plus some basic planting information and tips if you fancy having a go at getting your hands dirty as well!


'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

'Simply brilliant cooking, and Jamie's recipes are a joy' Nigel Slater

Cook with Jamie

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie Oliver will share everything he's learned as a chef as he invites you to Cook With Jamie

Whether you're a student, a young couple, an established cook or a novice, Cook With Jamie takes you through a whole load of simple and accessible recipes that will blow the socks off your family and any guests you might have round for dinner. There's information on Jamie's recommended kitchen equipment, advice on how to recognize and cook loads of different cuts of meat, as well as on how to get the best value and quality when you're out shopping.

Cook with Jamie guides you through creating meals from scratch, including simple instructions for making your own pasta and gnocchi and even how to tackle preparing a fresh crab, lobster and squid. Learn to mix beautifully balanced dressings and mayo for the perfect addition to Jamie's recipes, like the warm Smoked Bacon and Jerusalem Artichoke Salad. From light starters to deserts with a twist, like moreish Bread and Butter Pudding with Marmalade Glaze and Cinnamon and Orange Butter, Cook with Jamie has recipes for every occasion and taste.

Jamie shares classic dishes, new creations and some of the bestselling recipes from his award winning restaurants. Cook With Jamie is the perfect companion to anyone looking to improve their cooking and have fun in the kitchen.

'You know what ... if you're going to eat three times a day for the rest of your life, you might as well learn to cook properly and enjoy it! So, roll up your sleeves and let me help you. Now is the time for you to get stuck in and reclaim your fantastic cooking heritage!' - Jamie

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie's Dinners

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie shares the secret to delicious healthy family meals in Jamie's Dinners

Jamie's Dinners sees Jamie Oliver going back to basics in the kitchen to revolutionise family meals. In 'Family Tree' he takes recipes several different ways, giving you confidence whilst at the same time hoping to get you hooked on learning more. He also reveals the world's most-loved food from a global website survey he conducted: the Top Ten dishes that families love to eat together.

From exciting dishes inspired by Jamie's travels including Southern Indian Rice and Seafood Soup to family favourites like flaky Chicken and sweet Leek Pie and Banana and Blueberry French Toast, there's something in Jamie's Dinners for everyone (even the most fussy eaters)!

With over 100 brand new recipes, this book is all about making cooking inspiring and accessible.


'The Jamie Effect is being felt not just in schools but in households all over Britain. We must rejoice in the national treasure he is' Vanessa Feltz, Daily Express

'Jamie should be given the Victoria Cross' The Times

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Cook simple recipes for classic, wholesome food that's packed with flavour in Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Jamie is one of Britain's best-loved chefs who has made cooking interesting and accessible, not only for a new generation but for all those who love good food. He believes in getting the most out of ingredients and making tasty, easy, sociable food with the minimum of fuss. Happy Days is filled with fantastic recipes for different occasions. By keeping it simple, it is perfect for those who want to give it a go in the kitchen.

Happy Days with Naked Chef contains loads of classic, easy recipes like fluffy pancakes USA style, Jamie Oliver's ultra-simple pukka pineapple with bashed-up mint sugar, and his old man's superb chicken. Genius.


'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

'Great, fabulous. Just enjoy yourself, get stuck in, happy days' Spectator

The Return of the Naked Chef

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie Oliver's bestselling The Return of the Naked Chef is filled with all the techniques and tips you'll need to become a pro in the kitchen and produce delicious, healthy food

The Return of the Naked Chef guides you through basic techniques for making a variety of breads and pasta, and shares some of Jamie's favourite recipes including a light Prawn and Pea Risotto with Basil and Mint and seared Beef Carpaccio with roasted Baby Beets, creamed Horseradish, Watercress and Parmesan.

Jamie Oliver has captured the heart of the nation with his passion for simple, delicious, home-cooked food. The Return of the Naked Chef is filled with fresh ingredients, 'pukka' recipes and boundless enthusiasm. Get stuck in with Jamie Oliver!


'Simply brilliant cooking, and Jamie's recipes are a joy' Nigel Slater

'There's a joyously clear, no-nonsense desire here to create simple but delicious food' Heat

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