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Print it! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques for Fabric, Paper and Upcycling
Joy Jolliffe
A great book for crafters who want to take things on from dressmaking, upholstery and other fabric crafts – why not print the fabric as well? There are 25 projects here that go from simple potato prints on wrapping paper…

Ultimate Sewing Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Marie Clayton
This book is well worth buying for the section on home furnishings alone, very clear instructions on some quite complicated furnishings like blinds and fitted covers and with the Ultimate Sewing Bible to hand I would feel confident in tackling a big project…

William Morris Decor & Design (Mini)
Elizabeth Wilhide
We must admit to a great love of William Morris’s textiles and Arts & Crafts furniture so reading Elizabeth Wilhide’s guide to creating the “Morris look” can hardly be classed as work. If you want to find out how to choose pattern and colour and how to co-ordinate furniture and…

Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie
Woody Woodmansey
Playing with Bowie took Woody Woodmansey on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as well as behind-the-scenes moments…

Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
A revelatory memoir by a legendary rock star, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run will be one of the books of 2016. Over the past seven years, he has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs.

Keeping on Keeping on
Alan Bennett
This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett. This latest collection contains Bennett’s peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks), a…

Colder The Illustrated Story of Britain’s Greatest Polar Explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The fully illustrated edition of Britain’s greatest living polar explorer’s memoirs, with personal photographs, maps and diaries of his adventures.

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis. In his memoir, he talks honestly about his three failed marriages…

Jo Malone: My Story
Jo Malone
Has appeal as a rags to riches story but also will act as an inspiration for anyone dreaming of starting their own business. Showing that you don’t need qualifications and good school results to get ahead …

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The Indian Cookery Course
Monisha Bharadwaj
Monisha covers a varied range of dishes as well as providing insights into ingredients, techniques and step-by-step masterclasses to help you recreate classic and popular recipes easily.

Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove
Shaun Hill
The cover may not be your typical foodie book however, inside is a book that deserves to be read from beginning to end. Shaun Hill’s guidance and commentary is…

Scottish Baking
Sue Lawrence
A look at traditional Scottish baking and introducing some new contemporary favourites, Sue Lawrence shares her passion for her homeland and for baking…

The Cook Book Fortnum & Mason
Tom Parker Bowles
Founded in 1707, Fortnum & Mason have been a top-notch provisioner from the start, surprising then to find out that they were the very first British retailer to sell Heinz baked beans – a novelty product in 1886. It is this breadth of experience, their championing of fine food and…

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, the authors showcase inventive yet simple dishes that rest on numerous culinary traditions. It features 140 original recipes that cover everything from accomplished meat and fish main courses, through to quick salads…

Gino’s Hidden Italy How to Cook Like a True Italian
Gino D’Acampo
Join the nation’s favourite Italian chef, on his journey of discovery through Northern Italy, to reveal the secrets of real Italian food. From peach picking in Turin to truffle hunting in Piedmonte, Gino celebrates the best in local and seasonal Italian ingredients…

Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to…

Nutshell
Ian McEwan
Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year insofar as it follows the story of a crime from the point of view of an unborn child, isolated inside his mother’s womb but listening to all manifestations of the world…

Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller following the reluctant journey of East, a young ghetto kid from a world of drugs and crime in Los Angeles, across the United States…

Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Russell rises swiftly into a high-powered job until it all comes crashing round him and he now has to spend time at home so there is a slight role reversal while he looks after their 5-year old daughter and his…

Precious and Grace
Alexander McCall Smith
In the heat of summer in Botswana, co-directors of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, find their friendship tested to the limit by a curious case. Packed with intrigue, this heartfelt tale…

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem…

Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed Jane as a probationer with the Met in…

A Monster Calls: Special Collector’s Edition
Patrick Ness
This is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the award-winning novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production…

The New Mrs Clifton
Elizabeth Buchan
At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London. In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed yet possibly unstable…

A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Emma White
Dogs as hunters, fighters, companions and helpers – all feature in this compendium of 100 dogs famous and otherwise. There are dogs in fact – revealing some little-known stories of bravery and love and dogs from fiction too – the infamous Hound of the Baskervilles to Bullseye from Oliver Twist…

A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection
Jenni Murray
In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their…

Politics The Art of the Possible in an Age of Unreason
Nick Clegg
In 2010, a hung parliament delivered Britain’s first coalition government for more than half a century. In this book, the author gives an account of his experiences, from his rise in the 2010 general election, through his years as Deputy Prime Minister, to a brutal defeat in 2015. Whatever your…

The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll
A synthesis of cosmos-sprawling science and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all, The Big Picture is the ultimate guide to the scientific revolution that has taken us from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe…

Science A History in 100 Experiments
Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
A history of science distilled into 100 notable experiments – epic moments that have fuelled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond. From the discovery of microscopic worlds to weighing the Earth, from making electricity to the accelerating Universe and gravitational waves, this stunning book by renowned science writers…

Universal A Guide to the Cosmos
Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Physics is about asking questions. But what are good questions? How do we understand the fundamental forces of the Universe and its remarkable uniformity? Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to each other, to our world, and to our Universe; and, by understanding the groundbreaking work of others, reaches…

The Quick Guide to Parenting
Laura Quick
Insightful, tender and very, very funny, the images from the author’s blog, The Daily Think, have become hugely popular, and the very best of them are collected together in this exquisite and hilarious gift book…

The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News
Patrick Kidd
Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze…

Peggy and Me
Miranda Hart
From the bestselling author of Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart, comes the hilarious account of her life with her close companion Peggy, a gorgeous white bichon frise.

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