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.
Horrid Henry Christmas Collection
(three volume set)
With stories about Christmas presents, school plays, eating vegetables, and the Abominable Snowman, jokes, puzzles, games and Henry’s Christmas survival guide, this set of three Horrid Henry books – his Merry Mischief, Cracking Christmas and Jolly Holidays – Will occupy even the most lively children over the festive season.
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.
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.
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.