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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...

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 Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to the people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.

A Walk in the Park

Travis Elborough (Author)

'A fascinating, informative, revelatory book' William Boyd, Guardian

Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention. From their medieval inception as private hunting grounds through to their modern incarnation as public spaces of rest and relaxation, parks have been fought over by land-grabbing monarchs, reforming Victorian industrialists, hippies, punks, and somewhere along the way, the common folk trying to savour their single day of rest.

In A Walk in the Park, Travis Elborough excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. Loving, funny and impassioned, this is a timely celebration of a small wonder that – in an age of swingeing cuts – we should not take for granted.

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.

Just For Christmas

Scarlett Bailey (Author)

Her best friend’s wedding...

When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone – and as far away from Edinburgh as possible.

Moving to a Cornish cottage, which comes complete with the world’s scruffiest dog, Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities.

Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan – and somehow Alex doesn’t want to be alone this Christmas after all. But having lost one fiancée, Ruan has no intention of letting anyone get close to him again...

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.

Includes:

· Baynard’s Castle
· Bridewell Palace
· Coldharbour
· Durham Place
· Eltham Palace
· Friars’ churches at Greenwich and Richmond
· Kennington Palace
· Blackfriars
· Palace of Westminster
· Somerset Place
· St James’s Palace
· St Paul’s
· Suffolk Place
· Tower of London
· Westminster Abbey
· Whitehall Palace (formerly York Place)
· Dartford Priory
· Enfield
· Esher Place
· Hampton Court Palace
· Hanworth House
· Havering-atte-Bower
· Nonsuch Palace
· Oatlands Palace
· Richmond Palace
· Syon Monastery
· Wanstead House
· Windsor Castle
· Woking Palace
· Abingdon Abbey (now in Oxfordshire)
· Reading Abbey
· Ditton House
· Basing House
· Birling House
· Cobham Hall
· Dover Castle
· Knole
· Leeds Castle
· Otford
· Rochester Priory
· St Augustine’s Priory, Canterbury
· Westenhanger Castle
· Woodstock Palace
· Guildford Friary
· Woking House
· Cowdray House
· Petworth House
· Beaulieu (formerly New Hall)
· Ingatestone Hall
· Ruckholt Manor
· Ewelme Manor
· Thornbury Castle
· Wolfhall
· Loughborough Hall
· Burghley House
· Collyweston House
· Fotheringay Castle
· Grafton Manor
· Nottingham Castle
· Ludlow Castle
· Kenilworth Castle
· Royal House, Langley
· Tickenhill Manor
· Ampthill House
· Ashridge Priory
· Berkhampstead Castle
· Hatfield House
· Hitchin
· Hundson House
· Manor of the More
· Theobalds House
· Tyttenhanger House
· Kenninghall Place
· Hengrave Hall
· Newcastle
· Warkworth Castle
· Hull Manor
· Middleham Castle
· Pontefract Castle
· York Abbey

Slimming World Fast Food

Slimming World (Author)

The Slimming World system gives you plenty to eat and no forbidden foods. This approach has enabled hundreds of thousands of members to reach their target weight. No foods are banned, there is no calorie counting and there are hundreds of 'free foods' which can be eaten in unlimited amounts. So how can it possibly work? Slimming World defines its highly successful weight-loss technique as 'food optimising', encouraging you towards a healthier style of eating for life, rather than simply for short-term weight loss. But if you ever thought this would be difficult or time-consuming, think again. In the same time it takes to heat a pre-prepared meal, Slimming World Fast Food shows you how to prepare quick, delicious meals for yourself and your family. It is packed with advice and contains no less than 120 fast and effective recipes, designed to set your tastebuds tingling. Every one of these recipes takes less than 30 minutes to create, and food values are calculated for you, so you can easily make Slimming World food a part of your daily life.

The River Café Classic Italian Cookbook

Rose Gray (Author) , Ruth Rogers (Author)

'Their best book yet' Independent

The River Café serves the best of Italian food. This is THE cookbook. The best of the best of their classic Italian recipes . . .

Make a simple creamy risotto con latte, accompanied by a cool glass of prosecco. Whip up spaghetti alla carbonara with juicy pancetta and fresh parsley. Or, try a tray-baked chicken, drizzled in squeezed lemon stuffed with tomatoes and olives. For dessert, a treat from northern Italy, baked blackberry and apple strudel.

Their favourite classic Italian recipes in one place is something not to be missed.' Jamie Oliver

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Opened by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers in 1987, the legendary River Café changed the way we cook, eat and think about Italian food.

Over decades, they travelled extensively through Italy, cooking with friends, chefs and wine makers, who shared with them their traditional and regional classic family recipes. This book is Rose and Ruth's personal interpretation of those precious recipes, the pages rich with their experiences and knowledge.

A passionate celebration of Italy and its unique culture of food, these 200 inspiring recipes sit side by side with memories of the places, stories of the people, and insights into the regions, seasons, ingredients and techniques.

Woven with evocative photography taken in the Italian homes where Rose and Ruth cooked, and in the cities, villages, vineyards, markets and shops they grew to know so well, this is a book you will turn to time and time again, for special occasions, everyday meals, or simply to read and relish.

'It's hard to decide . . . Rose and Ruthie's outstanding restaurant, or their wonderful and inspiring cookbooks. If pushed, I would plump for the latter' Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall

Jamie's 30-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Get your complete meals from kitchen to table in no time at all, in the bestselling Jamie's 30-Minute Meals

Make your kitchen work for you . . .

Jamie Oliver will teach you how to make good food super fast! Jamie proves that, by mastering a few tricks and being organized and focused in the kitchen, it is absolutely possible, and easy, to get a complete meal on the table in the same amount of time you'd normally spend making one dish!

The 50 brand-new meal ideas in this book are exciting, varied and seasonal. They include main course recipes with side dishes as well as puddings and drinks, and are all meals you'll be proud to serve your family and friends. Set meals include melt-in-the-mouth Spring Lamb with Veg and a deep Chianti Gravy followed by Chocolate Fondue and a Mushroom Risotto with Spinach Salad and moreish Lemon and Raspberry Cheesecake.

Last minute lunch plans? No problem. Jamie's 30-Minute Meals not only includes stunning three course meals, but also light lunches like tender Duck Salad followed by creamy Rice Pudding and Stewed Fruit. Jamie offers a tasty dish for every occasion and has written the recipes in a way that will help you make the most of every single minute in the kitchen.

This book is as practical as it is beautiful, showing that with a bit of preparation, the right equipment and some organization, hearty, delicious, quick meals are less than half an hour away. With the help of Jamie Oliver and Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, you'll be amazed by what you're able to achieve.

'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

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'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'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

Jamie's Kitchen

Jamie Oliver (Author)

Jamie's Kitchen guides you through tried and tested methods for classic food that's full of flavour

This is the ultimate guide for people who love great food and want to cook. It's packed with clear, no-nonsense advice and inspiration, as well as over 100 brand new recipes from the cookery course and the restaurant.

Jamie's Kitchen walks you through techniques like poaching, braising and pot-roasting and gives you the skill you'll need to create beautiful, feel-good food. From delicate Citrus Seared Tuna with Crispy Noodles, Herbs and Chilli to succulent Barolo poached Fillet Steak with Celeriac Mash, there are dishes for every occasion.

Jamie's approach is honest and easy - this is not a heavy duty 'cook like a professional' book, weighed down with facts, figures and techniques. Jamie guides you through different cooking methods - from poaching and boiling, to char-grilling and pot-roasting. Jamie Oliver encourages you to have confidence, a sense of independence, a laugh and - importantly - to be the boss in your own kitchen.


'Jamie should be given the Victoria Cross' The Times

'Jamie offers lots of his chunky, hunky dishes for feeding the hungry, and lathers the whole lot with ladlefuls of encouragement' Daily Telegraph

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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