'One of the great British comedians and all-round entertainers of her generation' Guardian
'Bittersweet but scalpel sharp' Radio Times
'One of Britain’s finest ever performers ... a sublime and unparalleled crafter of words' Independent
Victoria Wood's wit and humour endeared her to millions of TV viewers for over four decades. Writer, producer and actress of television shows such as As Seen on TV and Dinnerladies, Victoria was often voted the funniest woman in Britain.
Her rise to stardom, from her early years in Lancashire to the successes of the sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall, is sympathetically and honestly portrayed by Neil Brandwood. This meticulously researched and written biography provides an insightful account of the life and career of one of Britain's best-loved comediennes.
Bake your way through the classics from Jane Eclair to Tart of Darkness, Banana Karenina and On the Rocky Road, Flapjack and the Beanstalk, Nineteen-eighty Petit Fours and many more!
The most novel way to get to grips with the classics, Scone with the Wind features 75 delicious literary inspired recipes.
Arranged by genre, enjoy biscuits and cakes, puddings and pies from romance and comedy through to horror and science fiction, and discover fun, edible versions of your favourite books.
Includes witty introductions and amusing illustrations throughout, baking essentials and themed menus for book clubs, parties and afternoon teas.
The ultimate treat for book (and cake) lovers!
Recipes include: Breakfast at Tiffins, Whoopie Pies and Prejudice, Key Lime and Punishment, Captain Corelli's Madeleines, To Kill a Battenberg, Finnegan's Cake, Vanity Fairy Cakes, Middlemarshmallows, Eton Mess of the D’Urbervilles, Life of Pecan Pie, Alone in Berliner, Lord of the Mille-feuilles, The War of the Viennese Whirls, James and the Giant Peach Cobbler, Much Ado About Muffins, The Cherry Pie Orchard, Scone with the Wind and more!
The complete guide to organising fantastic parties and dinners.
Is it OK to serve ready meals at a romantic dinner for two? How can you throw a cool cocktail party without breaking the bank? Can you turn a family lunch into a special event without getting up at 5 a.m. to start preparing?
Find the answers in this hip, no-nonsense guide to entertaining. With realistic, down-to-earth advice and tips from the best experts in the field, this book brings entertaining into the twenty-first century. It covers all the basics you need to think through, whether you're planning an informal housewarming bash or a big work do, and also shows you how to tackle specific events. It's ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy themselves at their own parties and create the kind of occasions that'll be remembered (for all the right reasons).
Whether you are planning an intimate dinner with friends or a full-scale birthday bash in a hired hall, this book is for you. And we promise there won't be a vol-au-vent in sight.