FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EXPECTATIONbr>_________________________________________br>br>I see you. Inside the cage you have been given. The cage you have made. The cages we have all madebr>br>It''s 2020 and an Englishwoman is journeying with her husband and young daughter to the white rock off the coast of Mexico, to give thanks for the birth of their child, even as her faith in her marriage - and the future itself - is unravelling.br>br>It is 1969 and a singer, on the run from the law, from his rabid fans and from an America burning with the fever of the Vietnam War, washes up in a hotel at the edge of Mexico, hoping to lose - and maybe find - himself.br>br>In the first years of the Twentieth Century, a girl and her sister are torn from their homeland and taken by force to the coast. As their future is recast in the name of progress and power, she turns to the stories of her people to keep them alive.br>br>And in 1775 a young Lieutenant of the Spanish line, preparing to set sail from the White Rock to continue the conquest of the Pacific coast, appears to lose his grip on reality, with far-reaching and fatal consequences ...br>br>The White Rock is a breathtaking novel of lives echoing through time, of the many forms of violence and love, and what happens when the stories we have lived by can no longer keep us safe.br>__________________________________br>br>PRAISE FOR ANNA HOPEbr>br>''Profoundly intelligent and humane.'' Guardianbr>br>''Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book.'' Marian Keyes on Expectation>
What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant? What would you do to get it back? Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Their rented cottage is simultaneously their armour against the world and their sanctuary. Inside its walls they make music, in its garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. At risk of losing everything, Jeanie and her brother must fight to survive in an increasingly dangerous world as their mother's secrets unfold, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake. This is a thrilling novel of resilience and hope, of love and survival, that explores with dazzling emotional power how the truths closest to us are often hardest to see. ____________________________________________________________________ PRAISE FOR CLAIRE FULLER 'Extraordinary, gripping. Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror' Sunday Times 'A compulsive page-turner. Fuller creates an atmosphere of simmering menace with all the assurance of a latter-day Daphne du Maurier' The Times 'Bewitching, otherworldly, full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller' Scotsman
An outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease may have terminated the hunting at the Compton Bobbins' in the Cotswolds, but it has not dampened the Yuletide spirit of the Bright Young Things who find themselves among the oddly assorted guests of the not-so young and quite formidable Lady Maria Bobbin. Hilarious misadventures abound as Lady Bobbin's serenely beautiful daughter, Philadelphia, meets the advances of the very eligible, and equally dull, Lord Lewis and of the charming but penniless Paul Fotheringay, whose terribly serious first novel has, to his dismay, just been hailed by critics as the funniest book of the year. With signature wit and gentle mockery, not to mention her acid malice for the second-rate, Nancy Mitford romps rippingly through the wold and the life of the county set in the cozy English 1930s.
Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver . . . There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...
The definitive selection of short stories from one of our greatest living writers, curated by Penelope Lively herself br>br>Wry, compassionate and glittering with wit, Penelope Lively''s stories get beneath the everyday to the beating heart of human experience. br>br>In intimate tales of growing up and growing old, chance encounters and life-long relationships, Lively explores with keen insight the ways that individuals can become tangled in history, and small acts ripple through the generations. br>br>From new and never-before-published stories to forgotten treasures, Metamorphosis showcases the very best from a literary master. br>br>''Lively has the gift, rare and wonderful, of being able to peel back the layers one by one and set them before us, translucent and gleaming'' Sunday Telegraph br>br>''A sublime storyteller . . . she has us riveted with curiosity as to what will happen next, yet also keeps us consistently aware of the nature of the illusion'' Guardian br>br>''You are in the hands of a master'' Daily Mail>
George Pantis is in a pickle. After walking out on his wife Rosie on Referendum night 2016 to shack up with hairdresser ''Brexit Brenda'' next door, he thinks he''s got it made - especially when he wins millions on a Kosovan lottery he only vaguely remembers entering. Unfortunately, he''s forgotten his password and can''t get at his money. Which is a problem because he suddenly has to contend with lots of forceful new friends desperate to know his mother''s maiden name. As things quickly get out of hand, George must make a mad dash from Sheffield to the Adriatic - and into the arms of organized crime gangs who specialize in illegal kidney transplants and heroin smuggling. George is in need of rescue - both from this pickle and from himself. But will his son Sensible Sid, Brenda and Rosie put aside their differences long enough to help? And might the journey bring this dysfunctional family back together?>
From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.Before Stanley Tucci became a household name with The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games, and the perfect Negroni, he grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the table. He shared the magic of those meals with us in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table, and now he takes us beyond the recipes and into the stories behind them.Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, NY, preparing for and filming the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love over dinner, and teaming up with his wife to create conversation-starting meals for their children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burnt dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.Written with Stanley''s signature wry humor and nostalgia, Taste is for readers of Bill Buford, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Ruth Reichl-and anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.>
***The first novel from the award-winning, bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love***''I love this book. It is wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton''s talent is phenomenal'' Elizabeth Day br>__________________________________________________Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he''s going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.A new relationship couldn''t have come at a better time - her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone''s moving to the suburbs. There''s no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who''s caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.Dolly Alderton''s debut novel is funny and tender, filled with whip-smart observations about relationships, family, memory, and how we live now.br>____________________________________________________Praise for Dolly Alderton ''I loved it so much, I wanted it to go on forever, Dolly Alderton is so gifted at making people care. A rare talent'' Marian Keyes''A wonderful writer, who will surely inspire a generation the way that Caitlin Moran did before her'' Julie Burchill''Deeply funny, sometimes shocking, and admirably open-hearted and optimistic . . . Mesmerising, brilliant '' Daily Telegraph''Sensitive, astute and funny'' Observer''Alderton''s wise words can resonate with women of all ages. She feels like a best friend and your older sister all rolled into one and her pages wrap around you like a warm hug'' Evening Standard>
By the end of the First World War, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel had revolutionised women's dress. But dress was the most visible aspect of more profound changes she helped to bring about. During the course of her extraordinary and unconventional journey - from abject poverty to a new kind of glamour - Chanel would help forge the very idea of modern woman. Unearthing an astonishing life, this remarkable biography shows how the most influential designer of her century became synonymous with a rebellious and progressive style. Her numerous liaisons, whose most poignant details have eluded all previous biographers, were the stuff of legend. Witty, strange, mesmerizing, Chanel became muse, patron or mistress to some of the century's most celebrated artists, including Stravinsky, Picasso and Dali. Highlighting the designer's far-reaching connections with modernism and its artists, this book explores the origins, the creative power, and the secret suffering of this exceptional and often misread woman.
Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the north London home she lives in today.
It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.
From the Guardian 'New Vegan' columnist and award-winning author of Fresh India Modern, vibrant, fuss-free food made from British ingredients but with an Eastern slant, East is a must-have whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to eat more delicious meat-free food. Drawing from her 'New Vegan' Guardian column, Meera Sodha's stunning new collection also features plenty of brand-new recipes inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines. There are noodles, curries, rice dishes, tofu, salads, sides and sweets, all surprisingly easy to make and bursting with exciting flavours. Taking you from India to Indonesia, Singapore to Japan, by way of China, Thailand, and Vietnam, East will show you how to whip up a chard potato and coconut curry and a swede laksa; how to make Kimchi pancakes, delicious dairy free black dal, and chilli tofu. There are sweet potato momos for snacks and unexpected desserts like salted miso brownies and a no-churn Vietnamese coffee ice-cream. Praise for Fresh India, winner of the Observer Food Monthly's Best New Cookbook Award 2017 'Terrific , flaunting how rich and resourceful vegetarian cooking can be' Sunday Times 'An unbridled joy' Nigel Slater 'The tastiest, liveliest, spice-infused fare this side of the Sabamarti river' Guardian
@00000400@@00000327@'Knight is brilliant on comic details . . . and spot-on about relationships' @00000373@The Times@00000155@@00000133@@00000163@@00000400@Marooned in a sprawling farmhouse in Norfolk, teenage Linda Radlett feels herself destined for greater things. She longs for love, but how will she ever find it? She can't even get a signal on her mobile phone. Linda's strict, former rock star father terrifies any potential suitors away, while her bohemian mother, wafting around in silver jewellery, answers Linda's urgent questions about love with upsettingly vivid allusions to animal husbandry.@00000163@@00000400@Eventually Linda does find her way out from the bosom of her deeply eccentric extended family, and moves to London to become a model. She knows she doesn't want to marry 'a man who looks like a pudding', as her good and dull sister Louisa has done, and marries the flashy, handsome son of a UKIP peer instead. But her new life is unromantic: darker, wilder and more complicated than she expected.@00000163@@00000400@Then one day, at her lowest ebb, Linda spontaneously boards the Eurostar to Paris. There she is swept up in a feverish love affair that will upend her life completely. @00000163@@00000400@@00000327@A razor-sharp, laugh-out-loud novel that re-imagines the cast of Nancy Mitford's @00000373@The Pursuit of Love.@00000155@@00000133@@00000163@@00000400@@00000373@********************@00000155@@00000341@@00000373@@00000155@@00000341@@00000327@@00000373@Praise for India Knight@00000155@@00000133@@00000163@@00000400@'Almost unbearably funny'@00000373@ @00000327@New Statesman@00000133@@00000155@@00000163@@00000400@'Tender, tough, schmaltzy, witty and heart-warming all at once. Knight has a great comic touch' @00000373@@00000327@Metro@00000133@@00000155@@00000163@@00000400@'Brilliantly funny and knowing . . . Clara Hutt could eat Bridget Jones for breakfast'@00000327@ @00000373@Evening Standard@00000155@@00000133@@00000163@
This is the story of pasta. In it, Guardian columnist and award-winning food writer and Rome dweller Rachel Roddy condenses everything she has learned about Italy's favourite food in a practical, easy-to-use and mouth-watering collection of 100 essential pasta and pasta sauce recipes. Along with the recipes are short essays that weave together the history, culture and the everyday life of pasta shapes from the tip to the toe of Italy. There is pasta made with water, and pasta with egg; shapes made by hand and those rolled a by machine; the long and the short; the rolled and the stretched; the twisted and the stuffed; the fresh and the dried. The A-Z of Pasta tells you how to match pasta shapes with sauces, and how to serve them. The recipes range from the familiar - pesto, ragu and carbonara - to the unfamiliar (but thrilling). This is the definitive guide to pasta from one of the best food writers of our time. ________________________ 'Rachel Roddy describing how to boil potatoes would inspire me. There are very, very few who possess such a supremely uncluttered culinary voice as hers, just now' Simon Hopkinson 'Rachel Roddy's writing is as absorbing as any novel' Russell Norman, author of Polpo 'Roddy is a gifted storyteller, and a masterful hand with simple ingredients' Guardian Cook
A wonderful debut. Actually, a tour de force'' -- Sarah Winman, Author of Still Lifebr>br>''Utterly captivating... Written with great heart, humour and humanity, it''s the kind of book you want to escape normal life to read at every available opportunity.'' -- Elizabeth Day, author of Magpiebr>br>''This is a book that will be loved unreasonably and life-long, I believe, like I Capture The Castle.'' -- Francis Spufford, author of ''Light Perpetual''br>br>br>''Maudie, why are all the best characters men?''br>Maudie closes the book with a clllump. ''We haven''t read all the books yet, Miss Cristabel. I can''t believe that every story is the same''br>br>Cristabel Seagrave has always wanted her life to be a story, but there are no girls in the books in her dusty family library. For an unwanted orphan who grows into an unmarriageable young woman, there is no place at all for her in a traditional English manor.br>br>But from the day that a whale washes up on the beach at the Chilcombe estate in Dorset, and twelve-year-old Cristabel plants her flag and claims it as her own, she is determined to do things differently.br>br>With her step-parents blithely distracted by their endless party guests, Cristabel and her siblings, Flossie and Digby, scratch together an education from the plays they read in their freezing attic, drunken conversations eavesdropped through oak-panelled doors, and the esoteric lessons of Maudie their maid.br>br>But as the children grow to adulthood and war approaches, jolting their lives on to very different tracks, it becomes clear that the roles they are expected to play are no longer those they want. As they find themselves drawn into the conflict, they must each find a way to write their own story...>
Shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize One of the Telegraph's 'Best Books of 2014' In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare . . .
Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare's life?
Never far from controversy when she was alive - she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping - Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.
Providing new pieces to the puzzle, Chris Laoutaris's thrilling biography reveals for the first time the life of this extraordinary woman, and why she decided to wage her battle against Shakespeare.
Leningrad in 1952: a city recovering from war, where Andrei, a young hospital doctor and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together. Summers at the dacha, preparations for the hospital ball, work and the care of sixteen year old Kolya fill their minds. They try hard to avoid coming to the attention of the authorities, but even so their private happiness is precarious. Stalin is still in power, and the Ministry for State Security has new targets in its sights. When Andrei has to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, Volkov, he finds himself and his family caught in an impossible game of life and death - for in a land ruled by whispers and watchfulness, betrayal can come from those closest to you.
A gripping and deeply moving portrait of life in post-war Soviet Russia, The Betrayal brilliantly shows the epic struggle of ordinary people to survive in a time of violence and terror.