Out next week: one of 2017 most anticipated cookbooks #OnePoundMeals

Miguel Barclay made his name on Instagram, creating and photographing beautiful budget meals – all under £1 per person. His first book is out next week! Reserve a copy.

one-pound“So much more than cheap dinner ideas – here are recipes for meals that cost under a pound but look and taste a million dollars! Instagram chef sensation Miguel Barclay is taking the world by storm with his delicious meals that cost less than £1 per person. ‘I’ve always loved cooking but I’m not a fan of needlessly over-complicated recipes that waste time and money. So I’ve created my own style of cooking: simple ingredients, straightforward recipes and mouthwatering meals, all on a budget. Now you can eat the food you love – from meatball marinara to chicken katsu curry, lamb moussaka to aubergine dal – all for under 1 per person.’ Miguel’s easy-to-follow, ready-in-minutes recipes are for a single serving – just multiply them up for more servings. “

This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer

this-was-a-manWell that’s it, the end of the Clifton Chronicles!

This final volume lives up to the previous six. We follow each member of the family as they go about their daily life and see how they interact with each other and the wider world.

They may disapprove of each others politics but not the person. A united family for the most part. There are the usual problems, younger members of the family doing things the older ones disapprove of.

All set across historical events, Margaret Thatcher first female PM, Falklands War, Berlin Wall coming down.

I’ll just say that it will make you laugh and make you cry, but you’ll enjoy it.

What am I going to read next I wonder. Anyone know of some other multi volume family sagas to get my teeth into?


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If you loved Girl on a Train, this should be your next read…

“This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don’t go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness.”

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Corpus by Rory Clements

corpusOne of my reading resolutions has been to try and read more books from genres that I usually ignore. While I do read widely and eclectically as a rule I do find that crime and thrillers are an area that I neglect, I am always a bit scared that the books will be too graphic and that I’ll have nightmares after reading them.

I did however read Rory Clement’s Corpus recently, it is a historical novel with a crime at the heart – I thought I’d ease myself in gently!

The book is set in Cambridge in December 1936 and has several threads to the complicated story but at the heart of the book is the death of a young woman. Investigators are quite happy to dismiss the death as accidental as the woman in question was known to use drugs but her friends think that there is more to it than that.

While the action of the novel is firmly based in Cambridge the scope of the book is much wider ranging from the Spanish Civil War, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia with a side order of conspiracy theory around the British Abdication Crisis.

I did find this book a little gory at times, but it was a gripping thriller with a mystery to solve, and it felt so accurate that I did find myself looking at the world events and wondering which of the plot elements were true!  The atmosphere was also very compelling – I really felt like I was in pre-war, cold Cambridge in December.

I’m not sure what I’ll try as a crime/thriller next – perhaps I’ll stick with Rory Clement’s other historical thrillers, if the action is in the past perhaps I won’t find it too scary!


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New paperback from Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand

‘Ian McEwan did this with Atonement , Sarah Waters did it with The Night Watch , and Chris Cleave does it too with Everyone Brave is Forgiven .. . A compelling and finely crafted novel.’ –  FT

raeWhen war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss – until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is – bewilderingly – made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, and inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

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Turbo twenty-three by Janet Evanovich

Turbo twenty-threeAnother rip roaring tale featuring Stephanie Plum, Morelli, Ranger and the wonderful Lula.

Plenty of action, some scary, some terrifying, some hilarious – does another car go up in smoke? Will Grandma Mazur get a new boyfriend?

As well as the bounty hunting, Stephanie is working for Ranger, is working all that she does for him or not?

It’s an Ice Cream War, 2 factories in the same town, are they at loggerheads or is someone else attacking them for another reason? Stephanie goes undercover to find out. You might feel differently about freezers after reading this. Also watch out for the clown!

To answer all these questions plus more you’ll need to read Turbo Twenty-Three


Imagine if your whole life changed in the blink of an eye . . .

anat“Imagine if your whole life changed in the blink of an eye . . . Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops into a war zone when he is gravely injured by an exploding IED. This devastating moment and the transformative months that follow are narrated here by forty-five objects, telling one unforgettable story.

Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops in a war zone. Two boys are growing up there, sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites, before finding themselves separated once the soldiers appear in their countryside. On all sides of this conflict, people are about to be caught up in the violence, from the man who trains one boy to fight the infidel invaders to Barnes’s family waiting for him to return home.”

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Gallows Drop by Mari Hannah

Gallows DropGood start to my reading in 2017. An intriguing, thought provoking thriller. Poses the question whether Othello Syndrome is a mitigating circumstance when a murder is committed.

This is the latest book featuring DCI Kate Daniels and her team in Northumberland. A nasty murder of a young wrestler, he’s strung up on the sight of an ancient gibbet. He had suffered a beating before death, but was that the cause of his death. A whole group of nasty young people come under suspicion.

Kate’s personal life intrudes into the investigation, she’s supposed to be going on holiday. Plus her history with the SIO, who is a very angry man in general but more so to her. He also has knowledge of the victim and the main suspects but hides it from the team.

Everything moves at a fast pace, plenty of action, some heartache, much anger, and it all makes for a gripping read.


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“Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option…Unmissable” – New York Times

breath“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.”

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Costa Book Awards

Just in case you missed out seeing which books won the category prizes here is a roundup.

Details from Costa about the Award Winners

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Not in Stock: The Bombs That Brought Us Together COSTA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNER

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