By Laura Weir
'The slackers guide to staying in, the antidote to peak frazzle and spending too much time out on the razzle. It's time to tune in to being cosy, because tucking up inside with the ones you love is all that matters.' Laura Weir There seems to be a lot to worry about in the world right now, with Brexit looming, social media draining our time and anxiety on the rise, the public are seeking out value in the small things which are close to home that can bring us maximum simple joy in our daily lives. In this hug of a book, Laura Weir celebrates the very best of our cool and quirky traditions and habits and rituals with a big dose of comfort - think warm cups of tea, toasty open fires and windswept walks that will blow away the cobwebs. Cosy gives readers permission to batten down the hatches and switch off - it is an ode to tucking in, hunkering down and softening life's edges when we need it most.Includes illustrations by Rose Electra Harris, as well as cosy contributions from the likes of Dolly Alderton, Alice Temperley and Christoper Kane. 'A warm, generous, blanket of a book, to reach for whenever you need a dose of comfort.' Sophie Dahl'As someone who has spent the majority of their adult life hunkered down in a big jumper, dodging reasons to leave the house, Cosy is the official justification for not going out.' Alice Levine
New Erotica for Feminists
By Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer
This year's must-have satirical stocking filler for the feminist in your household.He calls me into his office and closes the door... to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.Your boss gives you a pay rise, the hotshot producer recognises your talents, the pizza delivery guy hopes you've got a box-set to watch with your extra-large pizza. Prepared to be satisfied...at last.Sometimes a plumber is just a plumber. Get what you really want this year with dozens of literary quickies to tantalise and titillate even the most world-weary feminist.From four brilliant women with their finger on the pulse comes a wickedly funny, provocative and subversive response to #metoo and Time's Up.
The World Cup Of Everything
By Richard Osman
Richard Osman has been trying to settle the most important issues society faces today. Who would win in a head-to-head between Quavers and Cheesy Wotsits? And What's the ultimate Christmas film (Home Alone, obviously). The World Cup of Everything is an incredibly popular format that began life on twitter where his hilarious polls received 1.5 million votes a go becoming a national talking point, inciting debate amongst twitter users at odds over their favourites, celebrities and key figures join in, bookies offer odds on the outcome, papers report on it all as if it is a real sporting event with headlines about how Richard Osman has melted the internet. This autumn we're bringing The World Cup of Everything to the page in a brilliant book perfect for Christmas. With new competitions such as The World Cup of British Sitcoms, Christmas Songs, Animals, British Bands and so on, as well as some of the favourites that have already had the country talking: Chocolate and Crisps among them, Richard will offer commentary, share funny, quirky pieces of trivia and stand-up style entries about each of the contenders. The World Cup of Everything will offer something for everyone making it the perfect gift for pretty much anyone. This is Richard at his best: super smart, quick-witted and writing about the matters that the British public really care about.
The Little Book of Goat Yoga
By Lainey Morse
Forget Downward-facing Dog - there's a new kid on the block.Follow Romeo, Poppy, Annie and their gang of furry friends as they experience the joys of yoga. You'll see that goats always find a way to help humans in their practice, whether that's simply by lying on the mat underneath them or jumping onto their back mid-pose. The Little Book of Goat Yoga brings the goat yoga experience straight to you. It features a gentle sequence for you to try at home, divided into three sections: Connect, to help you reconnect with yourself and deal with stress; Engage, to strengthen your core; and Restore, to relax your body and mind. Don't worry if you don't own a goat - you can always try out the sequence with a dog, cat or any other four-legged companion! The essence of goat yoga is to enjoy the practice and experience the combined benefits of animal therapy and yoga. It is quite possibly the cutest way to get fit!'It turns out doing sun salutations alongside these smart, social animals is an effective distraction from the stress of everyday life.' - Publishers Weekly'Goat yoga has got legs. So much so, that it's leapt over the Atlantic and onto Countryfile segments and is even a storyline in the Archers.' - Telegraph
Cunk on Everything
By Philomena Cunk
The Sunday Times 'Stocking-Filler of the Year''This book is great because it covers everything in existence apart from the 95% of stuff not worth bothering with' - Philomena Cunk, star of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, Moments of Wonder and Cunk on Britain'Essential reading for these slipshod times' Al MurrayOnce in a blue moon, a book comes along that changes the world. The Origin of Species. War and Peace. 1984. The World According to Danny Dyer. And now, Cunk on Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena, by Philomena Cunk.Philomena Cunk is one of the greatest thinkers of the 21st century, and in Cunk on Everything she turns her attention to our biggest issue: why are there so many books? Wouldn't it be better if there was just one? This is that book - an encyclopedia of ALL HUMAN KNOWLEDGE, from sausages to Henry of Eight to Brush Strokes to vegetarian sausages. Read it, and you'll never have to read another book again.'This is a book' Philomena Cunk'Never contact me again' Professor Rupert Delgado, MBE'Cunk for PM' Rachel Riley'. . . book . . .' Guardian'Truly the intellect for our baffling times' The Times'This book is absolutely stupid' The Pool
The Little Book of Bob
By James Bowen
The new book from James and street cat Bob. 'One thing I've known about Bob from the very beginning is that he possesses a wisdom that is unusual, even in cats. In the decade since we met he's grown even wiser in my eyes. This book is a collection of the insights I've gained during my years with Bob.' In the spring of 2007, busker James Bowen came across an injured ginger tom cat in the hallway of his shelter in north London. What he didn't know was that this would be the start of a friendship that would turn both their lives around, and lead to A Street Cat Named Bob, the international bestseller that tells the story of their friendship. The Little Book of Bob is a collection of the wisdom James has learnt from Bob throughout the years, as they go through thick and thin together. From the power of friendship to staying calm and finding the joys in a simple life, let Bob be your guide on how to navigate the ins and outs of life like a wise street cat.
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (20th edition)
By Susie Dent
'This is, in fact, not what you were looking for; but it's much more interesting' Terry PratchettMuch loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend. Nowhere else could the histories of the guillotine and Guinness stout sit so comfortably alongside the KGB and the Keystone Kops. Brewer's is a catalogue of curiosities and absurdities that, over almost 150 years in print, has acquired near-mythical status.Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition includes a brand new Collection of Curious Words and many new and updated entries. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining oddities - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.This twentieth edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark.Whether you're a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets. As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer's "is unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere."
By David Bramwell, Jo Tinsley
Wiffle Lever to Full!
By Bob Fischer
'Personal and engaging . . . anyone who agrees that Star Wars was a defining moment of our collective childhood will love this book' - The Times'Funny and affectionate' - Time Out'Will have you hitching aboard the Millennium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities. ****' - Metro*************In 1981, the eight-year-old Bob Fischer was entranced by Daleks, Vogons and crack Imperial Stormtroopers. Almost three decades later, Bob decides to rekindle the affair with a tour of the UK's sci-fi and cult TV conventions. Freewheeling from Doctor Who to Discworld, Star Wars to Star Trek and Robin of Sherwood to Red Dwarf, he combines misty-eyed memories with a terrifying travelogue of terrible, torturous . . . terror. Or something. In space, no one can hear you scream. And don't expect much sympathy in Peterborough, either.
The Borough Market Cookbook
By Ed Smith
'Like the market, the book is exciting, instructive, seductive and inspirational.' -Claudia Roden _____________An essential gift for the keen cook in your life. Borough Market is the beating heart of London's food scene. Every year millions of locals and tourists flock to Borough Market to soak up the unique atmosphere, interact with the expert traders and sample the world-class produce. This gorgeous book takes you on a tour of a year at the Market, from the beginning of spring, through Easter and Midsummer, to Apple Day in October and the switching on of the lights at Christmas - with the most delicious recipes highlighting the very best of those celebrations. Divided by season, each recipe celebrates at least one hero ingredient from that time of year: why not try Chilled asparagus soup in spring; Rolled pork belly and sticky nectarines in summer; Beetroot dal in autumn; or Clementine sponges with cranberry sauce in winter? Along the way, you'll be introduced to key seasonal ingredients with shopping and preparation tips, straight from the artisan producers, that will change how you cook for ever.Packed full of beautiful photography, much of it shot on location at Borough throughout the year, this is a cookbook that will inspire food lovers and home cooks everywhere, even if they only follow Borough Market from afar._____________THE PERFECT WINTER MENURoast Delica pumpkin with crisp sage, seeds and curdIntensely sweet and buttery winter squash, roasted with sage and its own seeds and then slicked with a sheep or goat's curd. Assemble on a large serving platter to kick off a dinner party. One-pot golden chicken and Judión beansA bowl of comfort ideal for this time of year: juicy chicken with golden, crispy skin, cooked in a warming broth with the creamiest butter beans. Make sure you have lots of crusty bread to mop up the juices. Clementine sponges with cranberry sauceAn alternative to the traditional figgy pudding and brandy butter, though really they're too good to confine to just one day. The tart and syrupy cranberry-studded sauce is spooned over the citrus sponge and served with double cream for the most indulgent winter pud. Spiced apple sourSpiked with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg, this is Christmas in a cocktail.
The Last Resort
By Pamela Hansford Johnson
'A very cool and intelligent writer' TLS Described by the New York Times upon her death as 'one of Britain's best-known novelists', plunge yourself into the wry world of Pamela Hansford Johnson in this story of seduction and marriage, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard and Barbara Pym.******************Christine Hall, a mother in her late thirties, is on holiday on the south coast of England when she bumps into an old friend: Celia Baird, staying with her parents at the Moray hotel. Celia - eccentric, impulsive - is one of tangled group of friends who have Christine at their core. There's architect Eric Aveling (who happens to be having an affair with Celia); his wife, terminally ill Lois; and Junius Evans, Eric's business partner. When death affects a shift in the dynamics of the group, none of them expect the final outcome. Duty, guilt, secrecy, loneliness: the hidden side of marriage is uncovered as choices are thrust upon the characters.******************Praise for Pamela Hansford Johnson:'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess'A remarkable craftswoman' A.S. Byatt'Hansford Johnson at her wittiest is Waugh mingled with Malcolm Bradbury Ruth Rendell'A writer whose memory fully deserves to be kept alive' Jonathan Coe
The Life of a Song Volume 2
By Jan Dalley, David Cheal
If The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" had been released under its original title, "Liverpool Sunset", would it have had the same impact? Was "Greensleeves" really written by Henry VIII? And how did The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" become globally adopted as a football chant?Like its bestselling predecessor, THE LIFE OF A SONG VOLUME 2 contains the stories of 50 songs, originally published in FT Weekend, that unearth each song's biography. These are also the stories of how songs took on new life following their release: how, for instance, "Wild Thing" helped launch the career of Jimi Hendrix in America. Packed with intriguing factoids, these bite-sized essays will delight music lovers and send you scurrying back to listen to the songs in all their beauty and mystery.
By Saliha Mahmood Ahmed
'Delving into this book feels like taking a leap back into an exotic, saffron-scented past - with her beautiful writing and delicious recipes, Saliha takes you on a culinary journey of discovery.' - Thomasina MiersSaliha, who won over the MasterChef judges with her fusion of Indo-Persian food, has written a book that will delight. Drawing on the rich culinary heritage of the region and her own travels in modern-day India and Pakistan, the recipes are bang up-to-date and will inspire 21st century food lovers.Steeped in Persian flavours, Khazana, which means treasure trove, is a cookbook that promises to become a much-loved classic, introducing recipes like Smoked Chicken & Basil Kebabs with Beetroot Basil Salad & Beetroot Buttermilk Raita, Mughul Baked Cod Korma and Crème Fraîche & Rose Ice Cream with Honey-glazed Figs.'This debut cookbook from the 2017 MasterChef winner is inspired by the opulent Mughal empire and her travels across India. The perfect blend of Indian and Persian flavours, curries, rice, and beautiful samosas are lifted with rosewater, saffron, almonds and pomegranate' - BBC Good Food Magazine'A glittering hoard of Indo-Persian dishes' - Aldo Zilli, Express S Magazine