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All I want for Christmas is 19 different chocolate brownies

All I want for Christmas is 19 different chocolate brownies: But if that’s not for you don’t worry — there’s a feast for everyone in the year’s most moreish cookbooks… Constance Craig Smith picks out the top cookery books you need this Christmas UK-based writer has selected books from top chefs including Tom Kerridge Other […]

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SHORT STORIES

SHORT STORIES SEVEN EMPTY HOUSES by Samanta Schweblin (Oneworld £12.99, 208pp) SEVEN EMPTY HOUSES by Samanta Schweblin (Oneworld £12.99, 208pp) These seven eerie, uneasy stories seem peculiarly pertinent to the present post-pandemic financial crisis mood of uncertainty. Homes and their inhabitants are subject to a mysterious malaise, with cardboard packing boxes cluttering up rooms, and unwieldy […]

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CRIME

CRIME THE SILENT CHILD by M. J. White (Hera £8.99, 400pp) THE SILENT CHILD by M. J. White (Hera £8.99, 400pp)  Lottie Arundel is a troubled teenager who stopped speaking completely a year ago. She communicates using a tablet, but won’t explain to anyone why she has become an elective mute. Psychologist Dr Cora Lael […]

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LITERARY FICTION

LITERARY FICTION LOSING THE PLOT by Derek Owusu (Canongate £12.99, 160pp) LOSING THE PLOT  by Derek Owusu (Canongate £12.99, 160pp)  Owusu’s prize-winning debut That Reminds Me was a fragmentary verse novel about the later-life hardships faced by a British-Ghanaian protagonist raised in the care system.  His unsettling new book, raw and disconcerting, likewise uses a […]

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Don't look down…

Don’t look down… There really is a phobia for everything, as a fascinating new A to Z of our fears reveals Mythomania is the pathological tendency to lie or exaggerate says Kate Summerscale referring to television producer Philip who told lies all his life  Book Of Phobias And Manias explores a huge variety of phobias […]

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Madly, Deeply review – Rickman telling it like it was

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info When he died in January 2016, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday, there […]

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How to make a pheasant sweat (and other rural secrets)

How to make a pheasant sweat and other rural secrets: From crashing his tractor in a 52-acre field to fighting a losing battle with Whitehall, Jeremy Clarkson’s latest dispatch from the farming front line is a riot of humour, wit and genuine passion This second book about Jeremy Clarkson’s farming career recounts more tales The […]

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MUST READS

MUST READS MUST READS  Manifesto: On Never Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin £9.99, 208 pp) Manifesto: On Never Giving Up  by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin £9.99, 208 pp) In 1997, Bernardine Evaristo wrote an affirmation referencing the Booker. More than 20 years later, in 2019, when she became the first black woman to win the […]