Coming Home to Island House
In August 1939, after a tour across Europe promoting her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and her beloved Jack, to find him seriously ill. His estranged family from a previous marriage are summoned, forced by Jack’s illness to accept their young stepmother and bury their resentments.
Around the Village Green
The Heart-Warming Memoir of a World War II Childhood
In this memoir, the author recalls growing up with her coal miner father, mother and siblings in a Derbyshire village and describes how the outbreak of war and the nearby PoW camp and American base changed life for everyone.
The 5:2 Diet Book
Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for Just 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health
Fasting for two days a week and eating normally for five encourages weight loss and may cut the risk of conditions such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. This book explains the concept and research behind the 5:2 diet, discusses how to get started and provides ideas for meals and snacks. The author’s diary entries also offer a revealing insight into life on the diet.
A Field Full of Butterflies
Memories of a Romany Childhood
Born in a Gypsy wagon in 1938, Rosemary Penfold grew up amid the fields of Somerset. In this beautifully written, richly evocative memoir, she recounts the love and losses, hopes and struggles, traditions and prejudices of a close-knit community faced with a rapidly changing world. This moving testament to a disappearing way of life took her to the finals of Alan Titchmarsh’s People’s Author competition.
My Life as a Nurse in the 1950s
Exchanging her native Belfast for Cumbria, Patricia Jordan worked as a midwife and district nurse in Borrowdale during the 1950s. This memoir recalls her tough nursing training in London, tells how a romance with a patient took her to the North West and recounts her many heart-warming and sometimes heartbreaking experiences as her work took her into people's homes at times of crisis and celebration.
A Monstrous Commotion
The Mysteries of Loch Ness
In December 1975, Nature, the prestigious scientific journal, published Sir Peter Scott’s article ‘Naming the Loch Ness Monster’ and a photograph of the monster’s diamond-shaped fin. This book looks afresh at the ensuing saga of the ‘plesiosaur in Loch Ness’.
Exploring the island of Capri and the Amalfi coast, Nina Parker draws on her passion for southern Italian cooking as well as her training in the top Italian restaurants in London. Gleaning recipes from local chefs and family cooks – Nunzia’s Green Lasagne or Donatella’s Golden Risotto Cake – Nina presents a collection of classic dishes from this spectacular part of Italy, illustrated with photographs of the region as well as the food.
Food for Health and Happiness
Chef Nicole Pisani and the writer Kate Adams join forces to extol soup as taking us ‘back to basics, to the essence of simple food for the body and soul’. Their magnificent selection of recipes has soups arranged from Quick Fixes, such as Chana Masala, to Feasts, including the bouillabaisse-based Feast of Seven Fish. Along with the recipes, there are features on stocks, ingredients, spice and spice mixtures, and recipes for accompanying breads.
Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life
of the British Officer in the First World War
Six weeks was the average life expectancy of junior officers in the First World War trenches. Many had come straight from the classroom to the most dangerous job in the world, yet nearly all stepped forward, unflinchingly, to do their duty. Based on first-person accounts, including letters and diaries, and following the course of the war, this book gives a vivid account of the Army subalterns, lieutenants and captains – the leaders in the trenches, the first 'over the top' and the last to retreat.
Dogs Hanging Out of Windows
You may be an expert on dog breeds, but can you identify them by windswept heads hanging out of car windows? There are captions telling you what sort of dogs they are and where they are travelling, but most importantly, these 95 wonderful photographs show dogs enjoying the open road and the wind in their ears.