The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
As rising temperatures make much of the Earth uninhabitable, its citizens flee to cramped space colonies, where they alleviate the boredom with a hallucinogenic drug. When Palmer Eldritch discovers a more potent version, it threatens to plunge the population into an alternative sense of reality.
Rebecca Shaw - 3 Books
Known for her warm tales of country life, Rebecca Shaw (1931–2015) was a Sunday Times bestselling author and all 28 of her books remain in print. Most of her novels are set in the fictional villages of Turnham Malpas and Barleybridge, both inspired by her rural Dorset location, and follow the lives and loves of the local residents. Off-mint. The three titles included in this set are: The Village Green Affair (Read more...) Love in the Country (Read more...) A Village Feud (Read more...)
A Village Feud
Rector Peter Harris has gone to Africa, leaving his troubled family at home in Turnham Green. With his wife struggling to help their traumatized children, and the village store a target for theft and violence, everyone’s hopes are pinned on Peter coming home and restoring normality. Slightly off-mint.
Salt, Butter, Bones
Mastering the Art of Good Cooking
Nicole Pisani, formerly head chef at Ottolenghi’s Nopi in Soho, shares a collection of 100 intensely flavoured dishes influenced by her world travels – from smoked monkfish with kimchi to goats’ cheese gnocchi carbonara and beetroot ice cream. She offers insights into her instinctive cooking style and explains how to adapt professional techniques to the home kitchen.
Jeremy Wade, whose angling adventures are featured on the television series River Monsters, tells the story of his lifelong quest to track down the freshwater predators that have a fearsome reputation in local traditions across the world. He brings his zoological expertise and personal observations to the description of such creatures as the Himalayan man-eating goonch and the huge paraiba (‘mother of all the fishes’) found in the Amazon.
Horrid Henry's A–Z of Everything Horrid
Offering a summary of everything and everyone in Horrid Henry's wicked world, including his perennially furious babysitter Angry Anna, his long-suffering teddy bear Mr Kill and his saintly brother Perfect Peter, this encyclopaedia, exuberantly illustrated by Tony Ross, is cross-referenced and indexed. Age 6+
Great Stories from British History
Over the centuries, many tales from British history have been embellished to present a more flattering picture of 'Britannia's realm'. In this illustrated compendium, Geraldine McCaugherean retells 100 such stories, featuring figures such as King Canute, Lady Godiva, Guy Fawkes and Grace Darling, each with an addendum that separates the facts from the folklore. Age 9+
Billy Brown, I'll Tell Your Mother
The winner of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s ‘People’s Author’ competition recalls his adventures growing up in the close-knit neighbourhood of post-war Brixton, where reports of his mischief could be quick to reach his mother's ears. Nevertheless, he scoured bombsites and markets, selling everything from bricks to horse dung, amid spivs, barrow boys and new arrivals from the West Indies, and found himself in more scrapes than most.
'We Ain't Got No Drink, Pa'
A Little Girl's Struggle to Survive in the Slums of 1920s South-East London
Hilda Kemp grew up in the slums of Bermondsey in the 1930s depression with her father, a heavy-drinking docker who regularly beat his wife and child. Her granddaughter Cathryn has brought to life the stories she heard as a child of her nan playing in the dockyards, stealing coal from barges and dodging the rag-and-bone man, all set against a background of inner-city deprivation.
For Detective Barry Duckworth, the day begins like any other Saturday in the town of Promise Falls – but then chaos ensues. The hospital and emergency services are overwhelmed with casualties, and the fatalities seem to be mysteriously linked by the number 23. Final part of the Promise Falls trilogy.
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 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.
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.