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Hodder & Stoughton

Kirstie's Homemade Home

Kirstie Allsopp
Hodder & Stoughton

Kirstie Allsopp Craft

Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp has starred in Channel 4's Kirstie's Vintage Home, Kirstie's Handmade Britain, and Kirstie's Homemade Home and is the co-presenter, with Phil Spencer, of Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. She got her first job with interior decorator Nikki Haslam, worked for Country Living magazine before setting up a property buying business with a friend. Kirstie lives in Devon and West London with her partner Ben Anderson and their two sons and two stepsons.

Hodder & Stoughton

Kirstie Allsopp Book 3

Kirstie Allsopp

Hodder & Stoughton

Kirstie's Christmas Crafts

Kirstie Allsopp

Hand-make your perfect Christmas with Kirstie Nothing shows how much you love someone more than a handmade gift, card or decoration. And the pleasure is just as much in the planning and making as it is in giving and receiving. In this ultimate celebration of Christmas, Kirstie has brought together over 50 of her favourite festive projects to make, bake and create.

Chapter One: A Morning in Vermillion

SHADES OF GREY, by Jasper Fforde

Read the first chapter of Jasper Fforde's brilliant SHADES OF GREY.

Chapter One

THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED, by Clare Morrall

Read the first chapter of Sceptre author Clare Morrall's THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED.

Chapter One: A Faraway Land

A LONG LONG TIME AGO AND ESSENTIALLY TRUE, by Brigid Pasulka

Read the first chapter of Brigid Pasulka's A LONG LONG TIME AGO AND ESSENTIALLY TRUE.

Extract

GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT LOUD, by Emma Henderson

Read an excerpt of Emma Henderson's GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT ALL, shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2011.

Chambers

Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

Una McGovern
Teach Yourself

Living in Portugal: Teach Yourself

Nat Macbride, Bill Reed, Isa Reed

Looking for a guide to the practicalities of living in Italy? Whether you need to know how to find a plumber, what the comune is there for or how to get permission to renovate, this practical illustrated enhanced ebook is for you. And its accompanying audio gives you all the language skills you need to communicate with the locals. It is difficult to quantify how many Brits are currently looking to buy a second home in Italy, but judging by the number of television programmes featuring people hoping to move to Italy either permanently or to buy a holiday home there, the number must be significant. Every home owner has to go through the process of searching for property and buying it; most new and existing owners will be renovating or redecorating at some point and this will involve dealing with tradesmen and/or suppliers. For this, these homebuyers will need to understand at least the basics of Italian property law, house construction, building, plumbing, electrical systems etc, and they need to know not only the words but how the systems work. Living in Italy gives the explanations and vocabulary for each aspect of finding, buying, renovating and living in a house in Italy. In addition to approximately 120 labelled illustrations, the enhanced ebook has audio which gives the pronunciation and practice of the necessary vocabulary.

Teach Yourself

Living in Spain: Teach Yourself

Nat Macbride, Peter Macbride, Eva Mendarro Carrio

Looking for a guide to the practicalities of living in Spain? Whether you need to know how to find a plumber, what the ayuntamiento is there for or how to get permission to renovate, this practical illustrated enhanced ebook is for you. And its accompanying audio gives you all the language skills you need to communicate with the locals. It is estimated that nearly a million Brits now own houses in Spain and that at least 100,000 are buying, looking for, or at least thinking seriously about, a (second) home in Spain.Every home owner has to go through the process of searching for property and buying it; most new and existing owners will be renovating or redecorating at some point and this will involve dealing with tradesmen and/or suppliers. For this, these homebuyers will need to understand at least the basics of Spanish property law, house construction, building, plumbing, electrical systems etc, and they need to know not only the words but how the systems work. Living in Spain gives the explanations and vocabulary for each aspect of finding, buying, renovating and living in a house in Spain. In addition to approximately 120 labelled illustrations, the enhanced ebook has audio which gives the pronunciation and practice of the necessary vocabulary.

Teach Yourself

Living in France: Teach Yourself

Monique Perceau

Looking for a guide to the practicalities of living in France? Whether you need to know how to find a plumber, what the mairie is there for or how to get permission to renovate, this practical illustrated enhanced ebook is for you. And its accompanying audio gives you all the language skills you need to communicate with the locals. It is estimated that at least half a million Brits now own houses in France and that around 100,000 are buying, looking for, or at least thinking seriously about, a (second) home in France.Every home owner has to go through the process of searching for property and buying it; most new and existing owners will be renovating or redecorating at some point and this will involve dealing with tradesmen and/or suppliers. For this, these homebuyers will need to understand at least the basics of French property law, house construction, building, plumbing, electrical systems etc, and they need to know not only the words but how the systems work. Living in France gives the explanations and vocabulary for each aspect of finding, buying, renovating and living in a house in France. In addition to approximately 120 labelled illustrations, the enhanced ebook has audio which gives the pronunciation and practice of the necessary vocabulary.

Teach Yourself

Living in Italy: Teach Yourself

Guilia Gigliotti

Looking for a guide to the practicalities of living in Italy? Whether you need to know how to find a plumber, what the comune is there for or how to get permission to renovate, this practical illustrated book is for you. And its accompanying CD gives you all the language skills you need to communicate with the locals. It is difficult to quantify how many Brits are currently looking to buy a second home in Italy, but judging by the number of television programmes featuring people hoping to move to Italy either permanently or to buy a holiday home there, the number must be significant. Every home owner has to go through the process of searching for property and buying it; most new and existing owners will be renovating or redecorating at some point and this will involve dealing with tradesmen and/or suppliers. For this, these homebuyers will need to understand at least the basics of Italian property law, house construction, building, plumbing, electrical systems etc, and they need to know not only the words but how the systems work. Living in Italy gives the explanations and vocabulary for each aspect of finding, buying, renovating and living in a house in Italy. In addition to approximately 120 labelled illustrations, the book has a CD which gives the pronunciation and practice of the necessary vocabulary.

Chambers

The Chambers Thesaurus, 4th Edition

Chambers (Ed.)
Teach Yourself

Thrifty Living: Teach Yourself

Barty Phillips

Is this the right book for me?Your ultimate guide to a cheaper, happier life, saving money everywhere from credit card bills to transport costs- Goes back to basics, with lots of advice on cleaning your home the old-fashioned way, growing your own vegetables and similar- A light-hearted approach that reveals plenty of practical tips and straightforward advice- You can either work through the book, or dip in and out at leisureThrifty Living is a comprehensive but flexible guide to how to cut the costs of everyday living, how to save money, and even how to make a few extra pounds. It will allow you to make as many or as few changes as you want to cut back on spending, whether you just want to save a little money or whether you are on an impossibly tight budget. The structure and style of the book is equally flexible, allowing you to either work through step-by-step or to dip in and out of relevant sections when necessary. It covers all areas of spending, from banks and bills to shopping, and offers extra help for non-financial economies, including recycling, cooking and cleaning on a budget. With advice on cutting travel costs, and plenty of tips for cheap days out and sustainable, low-cost things to do, this is the ultimate guide to living a cheap but fulfilling life.Thrifty Living includes: Chapter 1: Getting the thrifty habitChapter 2: Know your shopping rightsChapter 3: Thrifty money mattersChapter 4: Beat the billsChapter 5: Internet know-howChapter 6: The fine art of hagglingChapter 7: Thrifty shoppingChapter 8: Reduce, reuse and recycle Chapter 9: Savings on clothesChapter 10: Saving money on food and drinkChapter 11: Thrift in the homeChapter 12: Economical transportChapter 13: Thrifty leisure time and holidaysChapter 14: Make the most of the gardenChapter 15: Earn a little something. Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Chapter One

THE LIFE OF AN UNKNOWN MAN, by Andreï Makine

Read the first chapter of Andreï Makine's THE LIFE OF AN UNKNOWN MAN.

The author talks about the challenges of creating a new series.

Lindsey Davis

Creating a new series After I finished my big standalone novel Master and God, there were reasons why I wanted to write something a little less demanding in terms of research. Of course the reasons have been superseded, wouldn’t you know it? But by then I was really enjoying Albia. After writing the Falco books for twenty years, it was a fascinating experience to create a whole new world. Yes, there are links to my previous work, but much is different. I always intended that this should not be Falco Lite, but a strong new set of books in its own right. Thank goodness, early indications are that readers agree. I really didn’t want to write about a teenager (I’ve been one, that was enough!) and I was also keen for Albia to be fairly proficient by the time she takes the lead. While I did not have to create my heroine from scratch, we had known her when she was a child, so by jumping ahead by more than a decade I would have a woman who had in fact changed from the turmoiled adolescent who featured in her parents’ adventures. New readers can take her at face value, regulars will recognise her. I have made her a widow. Breaching the conventions of crime genre, where many detectives are miserable marital failures, I have given her a short, yet extremely happy past marriage. Falco readers will be intrigued to see who she married, though you may remember a very subtle clue or two. If she ever has another marriage, maybe that too will be a happy one. (Frequent readers of my work may be able to guess that although I haven’t planned far ahead generally, I do know the answer to that particular question…) I thought she deserved it. She has made mistakes - ah, Aulus, you foolish bastard! And in The Ides of April she makes another shocker. But isn’t it likely that a person who is very good at her job – organised, shrewd, businesslike – may at heart be quite good at life too? Although Albia says she expects nothing good to happen again, it may well be that I shall treat her kindly. I had a lot of fun with the setting for this book. I explored the Aventine much more than before, because a key location is the famous Temple of Ceres. It provided major plot aspects: the great April Festival of the Cerealia, with its unique role for women devotees and its horrible ritual of setting fire to foxes. Temple life also threw up some characters who may recur. The foxes gave me a chance to show Albia, that dog-lover from Britain, kicking against Roman tradition; she loathes the Cerialia ritual and is prepared to defy it quite bravely. As I have spent time observing urban foxes, I could draw on personal knowledge of these fascinating, controversial animals. Much of the fox lore is based on what I have seen in a garden I once had. I had other wild nature adventures there. Will Albia’s favourite dogfox, Robigo, become as noteworthy as Julia’s revived bee? Can I yet get Fledge, a mincemeat-eating baby bird, into a book?... Albia was last seen going to live in Falco’s one-time apartment at Fountain Court. She is still there, which was good fun. Readers will recognise the rotting old place – yet Fountain Court has changed, and I enjoyed describing subtle differences, especially the hilarious new landlord with his grandiose plans for the plot. Up on the Aventine, I have given Albia her own circle of acquaintances, but I used some familiar characters, even if in new guises. Familiar locations feature: Flora’s caupona has a new lease of life, changed in the way that modern cafes will change, yet horribly the same. Don’t order the hotpot. The murder plot is, for once, based on historical events. While I was writing Master and God, I came upon strange incidents that supposedly happened during Domitian’s reign: people in Rome and possibly elsewhere were killed after being attacked in a certain way (I won’t spoil the plot by giving details now). It reminded me somewhat of the notorious Mohuck episode in Georgian London, when people were attacked in the street, women especially but often victims chosen at random, giving rise to mass panic. The Mohucks were thought to be aristocratic thugs, possibly disgruntled husbands who were trying to keep their wives indoors at night (though does that explanation have a whiff of improbability?) Apparently no Mohucks were ever apprehended, but in Domitian’s Rome it is said that several of the criminals were caught and ‘punished’ (we can deduce how the punishment was carried out by the authorities…) I have used this scenario, giving Albia and some new cronies a chance to uncover one of the random killers. The final denouement will hold special poignancy for those of us who are old friends of Falco’s haunts. In this book Albia encounters more than one of Domitian’s law and order officers – with often colourful results. It’s not easy for a woman in Rome to make useful associates, but she batters away at the problem and by the end of the first book she has acquired lasting allies, one in particular who will feature again. I don’t yet know everyone who will be in this series or what will happen to them. If I did, it would be boring for me, and less fun to read. No, I have not planned out everything to the end of the series as people sometimes imagine authors do – I don’t even know how long the series will be. As a writer, I like things to develop as I go along. In The Ides of April I started to explore ideas, and by its end I had some plans – but Albia’s adventures are just as much a new journey for me as they are for you. I hope when you start reading you will want to follow with me. What next? Enemies at Home will be the second Albia novel, to be published this time next year. Like the first, it is set in Rome, though this time it moves away from the Aventine. I have not decided yet whether Albia will eventually travel abroad, though she will not be going to Britain. The second plot revolves around the guilt or innocence slaves in a household where the master and his new wife have been murdered in the course of a burglary… Well, so it seems. You need a few twists in a crime novel, don’t you? Quintus Camillus (remember him?) says ‘You know the proverbial answer: the cup-bearer did it.’ But we’ll see. Before anybody asks, will Albia ever find out who her birth parents were? The answer is, absolutely not. I mean that. It is irrevocable. My thesis with Albia is that sometimes in life there are mysteries that can never be solved. Albia herself genuinely accepts this. She has made a new life for herself in Rome, it is much better than her early years in Londinium, and she is content. The fact that she has suffered gives her an understanding of other people’s tragedies, but the past no longer torments her. More mundane authors would provide a solution to her background, but that isn’t my way. A Cruel Fate Now for news of something completely different. I am also writing a very special novel for 2014. It is in a series called Quick Reads, which are books specially written for new adult readers and those who are less confident. This is what the organisers say about the project: The Challenge 12 million adults in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring. Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books can be and are for everyone. Each year we commission big name authors to write short, accessible books to literacy guidelines. The books are written in clear language and are full of the storylines, drama and emotional punch that would be found in the author’s other books. Quick Reads is making real, lasting changes to people’s lives. I was asked for a story set in the Civil War, so with great joy I am back in the Seventeenth Century, retelling what happened to various Parliamentary prisoners in the King’s prison at Oxford Castle in the winter of 1642/3. They were in the power of the appalling Provost Marshall Smith, whose regime was inhumane and degrading; many died. It has horrible resonance with modern news items about the treatment of prisoners-of-war. After that… who knows? I hope you’ll read the next newsletter in a year’s time, eager to find out. I will be interested to find out myself!

Chapter One

SUNNYSIDE, by Glen David Gold

Read the first chapter of Glen David Gold's SUNNYSIDE.

John Murray

The Wonderful Weekend Book

Elspeth Thompson