It’s almost the end of January already and we’ve had some really cold weather, so now is the time to put on your Jimmies and curl up with a good book – here is a selection of the best newest books in town to compliment a hot mug of chocolate and some well deserved you time!
The Fault in our Stars, John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, “The Fault in Our Stars” is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O’Farrell
The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. It’s July 1976. In London, it hasn’t rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he’s going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn’t come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta’s children – two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce – back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share. Maggie O’Farrell’s sixth book is the work of an outstanding novelist at the height of her powers.
Heartbreak Hotel, Deborah Moggach
At Myrtle House, the twin beds have never been so busy…The irrepressible Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with ‘Courses for Divorces’, his new money-making wheeze. Those checking in include: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle. Under Buffy’s tutelage, these casualties of the marriage-go-round find themselves re-learning all those skills never thought they’d need again, and a whole lot more besides.
The Farm, Emily McKay
This is a powerful, unique and compelling novel about twin sisters and their fight for survival in a world on the brink of chaos, “The Farm” by Emily McKay is as addictive as “The Hunger Games” and “The Passage”. For Lily and her twin sister Mel there is only the Farm…It’s a prison, a blood bank, a death camp – where fear and paranoia rule. But it’s also home, of sorts. Because beyond the electric fence awaits a fate much, much worse. But Lily has a plan. She and Mel are going to escape – into the ravaged land outside, a place of freedom and chaos and horrors. Except Lily hasn’t reckoned on two things: first, her sister’s ability to control the horrors; and, secondly, on those out there who desperately want to find and control Mel. Mel’s growing power might save the world, or utterly end it. But only Lily can protect Mel from what is to come…”The Farm” takes you into a terrifying future where civilization has ended, and leaves you there – fearful, gasping and begging to escape.
On Dublin Street, Samantha Young
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well – until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core. Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached. But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her …down to the very soul. Incredibly passionate and downright romantic, “On Dublin Street” is a captivating and bittersweet story of the redemptive power of love.
The One Dollar Horse, Lauren St. John
Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London’s grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world’s greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials. When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she’s convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father’s criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past.
Wool, Hugh Howey
In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don’t. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’ Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…
The Fast Diet, Mimi Spencer, Michael Mosley
IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT WELL, MOST OF THE TIME, AND GET SLIMMER AND HEALTHIER AS YOU DO IT? WITH THE FAST DIET IT IS. This radical new approach to weight loss is the diet that everyone is talking about. It really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men). Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Dr Michael Mosley, the medical journalist whose BBC Horizon programme alerted the world to the Intermittent Fasting phenomenon, presents the fascinating science behind the 5:2 diet. Mimi Spencer, award-winning food and fashion writer, explains the practicalities of how to go about it.
What Katie Ate, Katie Quinn Davies
A gorgeous and unique cookbook from the award-winning Katie Quinn Davies. What Katie Ate is a feast for your eyes as well as your table; a perfect gift for those who love Tessa Kiros’ Apples for Jam or Falling Cloudberries, fans of Nigel Slater, Lorraine Pascale or Nigella, or anyone who enjoys cookbooks and good food but wants something new. What Katie Ate started out as an award-winning food blog by renowned food photographer, designer, writer and cook Katie Quinn Davies. Dublin-born Katie’s simple and delicious recipes complemented by her truly stunning photography brought hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe to Katie’s table, fans who continue to log on regularly to see what Katie will eat next and be inspired by her spellbinding approach to home cooking.
Helga’s Diary, Helga Weiss
“Helga’s Diary” is a young girl’s remarkable first-hand account of life in a concentration camp during World War II. Like “The Diary of Anne Frank” this is a publication of international importance and a book that will endure for decades. In 1938, when her diary begins, Helga is eight years old. Alongside her father and mother and the 45,000 Jews who live in Prague, she endures the Nazi invasion and regime: her father is denied work, schools are closed to her, she and her parents are confined to their flat. Then deportations begin, and her friends and family start to disappear. In 1941, Helga and her parents are sent to the concentration camp of Terezin, where they live for three years. Here Helga documents their daily life – the harsh conditions, disease and suffering, as well as moments of friendship, creativity and hope – until, in 1944, they are sent to Auschwitz. Helga leaves her diary behind with her uncle, who bricks it into a wall to preserve it. Helga’s father is never heard of again, but miraculously Helga and her mother survive the horrors of Auschwitz, the gruelling transports of the last days of the war, and manage to return to Prague. As Helga writes down her experiences since Terezin, completing the diary, she is fifteen and a half.
The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home, Tarek Malouf
Britain’s million-copy bestselling, hugely popular bakery is back with over 100 new tried-and-triple-tested recipes that celebrate home baking. This stunning new cookbook, including step-by-step photos and every foolproof recipe with its own image, offers some of the bakers’ all-time favourite home baking recipes and brand new, inspirational ideas. Our love of baking has been handed down from generation to generation and this collection of gorgeous Hummingbird bakes includes delicious cupcakes, loaves, layer cakes, biscuits, sweets, roulades, pies, puds and savouries – all with the unique Hummingbird twist. Pecan and Toffee Thumbprint Cookies, Custard Cream Cupcakes, and Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes for afternoon tea; Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Blackbottom Pie, Raspberry and Jelly Roll and for dessert; Blueberry Buns, S’more Brownies or Pinwheels for a delicious pick-me-up; Red Velvet Roulade, Maple and Walnut Streusel Cake, and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Meringue for something a bit special.
Africa, Eye to Eye with the Unknown, Michael Bright, Sir David Attenborough
Inspiring photography captures unprecedented wildlife behaviour, mesmerising new creatures and magical landscapes that will astound and captivate, and will challenge what you think you know about Africa. This is a spectacular journey through a vast and diverse continent in all its beautiful and unexpected abundance. Witness the drama of eagles catching giant bats on the wing, lizards stalking their prey on the backs of lions and a nail-biting giraffe fight. Share the discovery of the world’s rarest fish species and the first-ever access to an island sanctuary for the elusive African penguin. Marvel at a Congo fish that flies like a butterfly and a love-struck beetle who thinks he’s James Bond. Nowhere is more savage, more dangerous, yet more beautiful and alive than Africa.
Honest, Tulisa Contostavlos
Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most talented and high-profile recording artists working in the UK today. She has three platinum N-Dubz albums, four MOBO awards, a groundbreaking drama series, two documentaries, a MIND award and an X Factor judge’s win under her belt. Not bad for a girl who’s not yet twenty-five. But this is not just a tale of glittering success. Tulisa grew up on a tough London estate and left school with no qualifications as she struggled to cope with deep-seated emotional problems while caring for her mother alone. She has seen first hand what drugs, alcohol, gang culture and violent relationships can do to young people, but she has come through it all to become the confident, inspiring artist she is today. After taking her little muffins Little Mix to the winning spot of the X Factor at the end of 2011, and with her long-awaited solo album being released later this year, the future is bright for Tulisa. Told in her own words, this is her story.
Hey Jo, Jo Wood
When young model and mother Jo met rock star Ronnie Wood, she had no idea what her brief flirtation with this brilliant, charismatic musician would become. This is a moving and candid memoir from the woman who married the most controversial member of the Rolling Stones, and had the strength and courage to bounce back from heartbreak. A raw and rollicking narrative from the eye of the storm, Jo’s extraordinary story of life as a Rolling Stone girlfriend, then wife, mother and more, is a never-before-heard account of the heady hedonistic Ronnie Wood years – the drugs, the roadies, the tours, and the booze – and a celebration of her new-found happiness as an entrepreneur, fashion icon and beauty expert.