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On 3 September 1939, the Prime Minister declared that Britain was at war with Nazi Germany.
Thousands of young women, many of them barely out of school, were sent headlong into gruelling training regimes that would see them become wartime nurses.
Sisters features over 150 previously unpublished stories from the archives of the Royal College of Nursing. The vivid, poignant and riveting stories capture these nurses' incredible bravery and touching friendships.
Spectacles is the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins.
When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say 'Why is our house full of this shit?'
Sadly, a recycling 'incident' destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never get to see countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it's left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself.
This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as 'Is Mary Berry real?', 'Is it true you wear a surgical truss?' and 'Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?'
Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me.
Thank you for reading.
Pre order Sue Perkins new book, East of Croydon now.
Praise for Spectacles
'Drama, tears and laughs - Spectacles has got it all. A brilliant, touching memoir suffused with love, it reminds you that life is best lived at wonky angles. I ADORED it' Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist
'Very funny . . . It seems there are two Sue Perkins: the TV one, who gabbles and pratfalls, and the sensitive one who aches. The first of course, exists to protect the second. They can both write. The first writes comedy, the second tragedy; in this sense, reading her memoir is very like meeting her'
'It's a proper book . . . so well written. Tight & bright & full of inspiration'
Chris Evans, Radio 2
A stunning new colouring book that will take you through a year in the life of the English countryside.
Nearly 40 years ago, a rediscovered diary enchanted the nation. Edith Holden's 'Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' from 1906 captured her observations on the English countryside's changing seasons, accompanied by exquisite illustrations of its flora and fauna.
Now, for the first time, Edith's work been turned into an beautiful colouring book.
Featuring black & white ink illustrations based on her paintings, alongside the original handwriting from the lost journal, this is a captivating colouring book that guides you through a year in the world of this truly remarkable Edwardian lady.
Published: 5 Jan 2017
Traditional food sumptuously cooked in an unashamed celebration of flavour
In five years selling at farmers' markets and hosting dining events and pop-ups, James Kavanagh and William Murray's food business, Currabinny, has grown a huge fan-base. And reaching the finals of RTE's The Taste of Success (with their to-die-for Pecan and White Chocolate Banana Loaf) exposed Currabinny to a prime-time audience.
James and William celebrate traditional ingredients (butter, cream, sea-salt and the best of fresh and local produce), give them a modern twist, and always produce indulgent delicious dishes.
The Currabinny Cookbook includes their favourite recipes. From breakfast ideas (Macroom Oatmeal with Saturn Peaches, Pomegranate & Raw Honey) to sumptuous suppers (Rustic Rye Galette with Leeks, Fennel and Goats Cheese; Slow Roasted Salmon with Blood Orange, Lemon, Fennel & Dill; Ham in Juniper & Apple Juice with Mustard Parsnip Mash and Buttered Cabbage) and sweet treats (Apple, Rosemary & Buttermilk Cake; Fresh Blueberry Pie with Lemon Curd Cream) this book is a one-stop bible of delicious, comforting and irresistible recipes.
The No 1 bestsellers' new book - packed with quick and easy veggie options, clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier!
'These lovely boys always create incredibly tasty food' Jamie Oliver
Though they have written two No 1 bestselling vegetarian cookbooks, David and Stephen Flynn, the twins behind the Happy Pear cafés and food business, know it can be challenging to juggle everything and still feel inspired! And being busy dads themselves they also know the pressure of getting delicious healthy meals on the table every day.
So Recipes for Happiness is very close to their hearts. And it does what it says on the cover: it is crammed with recipes to make you happier - including a huge section of economical easy dinners that can be rustled up in 15 minutes (chickpea tikka masala, thai golden curry, one-pot creamy mushroom pasta); gorgeous hearty dishes (goulash, Greek summer stew, an ingenious one-pot lasagne that's cooked the hob); a selection of plant-based alternatives to family favourites (burgers, hotdogs, nuggets, kebabs), and irresistible treats (summer fruit bakewell tart, double choc brownie cake).
For nearly 15 years David and Stephen's mantra has been Eat More Veg!. They have seen fads come and go and they know that what works - for themselves, their families and the thousands of people who eat the Happy Pear way. Cook from Recipes for Happiness and you too will definitely be well on the way to making your life healthier and happier!
'The poster boys for a healthy way of life!' Sunday Times
'A healthy eating phenomenon' Mail on Sunday
'These twins are on a roll' Time Out
'[They] couldn't look healthier or happier ... poster boys for vegetarianism' The Times
'Crammed with great recipes to make you healthier and happier' Take a Break
'The boys are helping to make the world a healthier, happier place ... what's not to love?' Vegan Food and Living
'Enjoy these indulgent-but-healthy dishes indoors or out - you won't even notice it's raining' Vegan Living
'Substantial ... just right for someone interested in exploring the world of "plant-power"' The Vegetarian
'Inspired' Choice Magazine
'Filled with delicious plant-based recipes to help us all feel our best' Aldo Zilli
'Healthy, vegan and all ready in under 30 minutes!' Veggie
Jo Scarratt-Jones (Author) , Gregg Wallace (Foreword by), Chris Bavin (Foreword by)
Feed your family without the fuss
Do you find yourself spending too much time at the supermarket and in the kitchen? Are you looking for fresh ideas to liven up your menus without breaking the bank?
Eat Well for Less: Quick and Easy Meals has 80 simple, tasty recipes for the time-pressed cook. Whip up a quick weeknight dinner like Spiced Cod Burgers or Chicken Katsu Curry, or treat your family to a delicious dessert like Coconut & Carrot Macaroons.
As well as a foreword from Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin, Eat Well for Less: Quick and Easy Meals is full of tips that will save you time and money. With shopping lists and advice on how to plan your weekly menus, it’s never been easier to get the whole family eating well for less.
From Lizzie Mary Cullen, the illustrator behind hit colouring book The Magical City, comes a wondrously festive treat for the winter.
Settle down by the fire and immerse yourself in this mesmerising colouring book. Join celebrations across the world and throughout the years, from skating at the Rockefeller Center to surfing in Sydney and frost fairs on the Thames to Victorian toy shops. Travel with the wise men following a star, spot Santa's sleigh skimming over the rooftops and discover dazzling gingerbread houses with Lizzie's intricate inky illustrations.
Fans of mindfulness and art therapy will love this beautiful Christmas gift book. A whole world of festivity is waiting for you inside. . .
Published: 29 Oct 2015
'There's someone out there for all of us...'
First Dates, Channel 4's runaway hit TV show, has captured the hearts of the nation. Each week millions of us cosy up on our sofas to watch nervous singletons arrive in the restaurant in the hope of finding love.
Now Fred Sirieix, the insatiably charming Maître'd of the First Dates restaurant, is here to help all of us - whether we're on a quest to find 'the one', or simply want to discover more about how to connect with someone and sustain the magic. With his unique take on romance, Fred reveals his recipe for a perfect date, and hopefully a perfect match.
This beguiling book brings the First Dates world to the page: all the heart-warming twists and turns of the most awkward meal of the daters' lives, the larger-than-life characters we have grown to love, and the timeless wisdom of Fred and his team. They share their match-making secrets: from breaking the ice to dealing with surprises and getting to grips with the rules of attraction, along with all the toe-curling moments and across-the-table triumphs as couples seek to find The One.
This is First Dates. This is The Art of Love.
Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES.
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.
Emotional displays - unacceptable.
Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome.
Fun - no thanks.
This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint.
So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book.
For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?
'I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes
'There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better' Express
'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart from the usual chick-lit template. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed' Independent
Further praise for Dawn French:
'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday
'A hilarious snapshot of family life in the twenty-first century' Sunday Express
'Extremely funny' Sunday Times
'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian
'Makes you laugh on every page' The Times
'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home
'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Daily Mail
From breakfasts to dinners to a cake fit for the Queen.
Having fallen in love with Nadiya and her outstanding bakes on 2015's Great British Bake Off, readers can now discover all her favourite recipes. With chapters ranging from 'Lazy Sunday Mornings' to 'Midnight Feasts', 'Snacks and Sharing' to 'Dessert for Dinner', you'll find ideas for any time of the day, and for all the family. Nadiya offers innovative twists on traditional classics and failsafe recipes for many staple meals and bakes, including . . .
· Best Fish Finger Butty
· Crumpets with Salted Honey Butter
· Wellington Sausage Rolls
· Cod and Clementine Curry
· Mustardy Kale Mac and Cheese
· Popcorn, White Chocolate and Peanut Slice
· Spiced Parsnip and Orange Cake
· And not forgetting: 'Her Majesty's Cake', based on the delight she created for the Queen's 90th birthday.
Look out for Nadiya's Family Favourites - Nadiya's Latest Cookbook
'She's baked her way into our hearts and hasn't stopped since' Prima
Tom Jameson (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jan Ravens (Read by), Jon Culshaw (Read by)
The award winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show returns with a new cast of characters.
2014 saw a welcome return to the airwaves for the comedy show that holds in its sights every programme, institution and politician you hold dear.
In these six episodes, Michael Portillo attempts to hide from his fellow This Week presenters; David Mitchell appears in EastEnders; Gareth Malone gives Ed Milliband tips on sounding normal; Masterchef meets The Great British Bake-Off; the European Space Agency receives some unusual telephone calls; Elton John sings nursery rhymes, and Nigel Farage hosts a podcast.
That’s just for starters - dozens of other familiar figures and programmes are given the Dead Ringers treatment by the accomplished impressionists Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stevenson.
BBC Radio Comedy (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jeremy Hardy (Read by) , Miles Jupp (Read by)
Eight episodes of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, presented by Miles Jupp.
The long-running satirical panel show returns for its 91st series, with guests including Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Andy Hamilton, Kerry Godliman, Susan Calman, Hugo Rifkind, Holly Walsh, Rebecca Front, Zoe Lyons, Frankie Boyle, Baron Finkelstein, Angela Barnes, Paul Sinha and Dane Baptiste.
They take turns to provide comic commentary on topics including the Labour conference, the US presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, the exit of Sam Allardyce as England manager and The Great British Bake-Off.
Miles Jupp is in the chair, while newsreaders including Kathy Clugston, Caroline Nicholls and Susan Rae read a selection of humorous cuttings sent in by listeners. Duration: 4 hours approx.
Published: 5 Jan 2017
‘Women should be obscene and not heard’ – John Lennon
‘The only unnatural act is that which you cannot perform' – Alfred Kinsey
‘Fat people are brilliant in bed: if I’m sitting on top of you, who’s going to argue?' – Jo Brand
‘What most women want is not a man who ties you to the bed but one who unstacks the dishes while you watch The Great British Bake Off’ – Harriet Harman
Throughout the centuries, talk of sex has proved irresistible, producing wide-ranging responses, contradictory remarks, denouncements and appraisals; something seen as harmless by one is often condemned as damnable by another.
Whatever your sexual preferences, Talking Dirty is a hugely entertaining treasury of wit on this endlessly entertaining and controversial topic.
Invite Nadiya into your kitchen . . .
Following her culinary adventure across Britain and primetime BBC2 cookery series, Nadiya presents her British Food Adventure, featuring mouth-wateringly delicious recipes from the programme and more . . . Whip-up classic British dishes with a twist.
· Cayenne eggs benedict, soft poached eggs on an English muffin with smoked turkey rashers and cayenne hollandaise sauce.
· A quick and easy grilled aubergine and feta tart on flaky, buttery puff pastry.
· A West Indian tropical hit of fruity, fragrant pink peppercorn pineapple jam to top sweet scones and coconut cream. The ultimate exotic treat.
'The best kind of cookbook . . . you can read it like a novel' The Times
Nadiya Hussain was crowned the nation's winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off. Famed for her talent and adventurous flavour choices, she sets off on a journey around the country to meet some of the finest growers, producers and pioneers behind the best of modern British food.
Inspired by her exploration, Nadiya has created over 120 easy and enticing new recipes that mix the local ingredients she encounters with her very favourite flavours, not forgetting a nod to her Bangladeshi roots.
Her reinvented classics capture the diversity of twenty-first century Britain - of tastes and culinary influences that shape what we love to cook and eat today.
Lavishly photographed, Nadiya's must-try recipes have got you covered from breakfast through to supper, whether you need fast mid-week meals, lunch on the hop, something a little bit special, or gorgeous pudding or party ideas.
Motivated by her love of family and food, flavour and fun, this is Nadiya cooking in the way she knows best - inspiring the rest of us to do the same.
Look out for Nadiya's Family Favourites . . . Nadiya's latest cookbook
'She baked her way into our hearts and hasn't stopped since' Prima
In a vivid panorama, Londoner's Larder presents the food of a great city. Annette Hope has used biography, literature and social history to explore the city of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pepys, Johnson, Dickens, Wilde and Virginia Woolf, and to show in lively detail what these writers and their contemporaries might have eaten, where the food came from and how it was cooked. She looks at problems of supply, distribution, nutrition, cooking, and health and hygiene as the city expanded and changed character, and chronicles the effects of social, economic, and ethnic shifts since the end of the Second World War. At the end of each chapter are recipes from the period, written in modern, usable form.
From the takeaway pasties baked by the Cook in The Canterbury Pilgrims to dinner at the Café Royal, from John Evelyn's recipes for salads to Mrs Beeton, from the introduction of coffee to the appearance of ration books, this book charts the gastronomic life of London in scholarly and entertaining detail. A discussion of the city as it is at the beginning of the twenty-first century rounds off the picture - a time when Middle Eastern and Oriental food is commonplace, and much of the cuisine available in European restaurants is inspired by that on offer in popular holiday resorts and purely 'British' food is difficult to find.
If London beguiles you, literature seduces you, and recipes fascinate you, this pioneering book will intrigue and delight you.