New books you may have missed

A small selection of the non-fiction goodies on our shelves now:

Worth Fighting For, by Lisa Niemi SwayzeBiographies / autobiographies

Worth fighting for, by Lisa Niemi Swayze
From the widow of Patrick Swayze, a remarkably moving account of grief and moving on, with never-before-revealed stories from Patrick’s final months.

Amateurs in Eden: the story of a bohemian marriage, by Joanna Hodgkin
This title presents the story of Nancy and Lawrence Durrell, the quiet members at the heart of the Bloomsbury set.

Mary Quant, by Mary QuantMary Quant, by Mary Quant
Mary Quant’s memoir is a witty, unique account of her whirlwind life – how she started, where she came from, her unconventional, brilliant husband, her battles, triumphs and disasters, the models and photographers. It is a story like no other. But then there is only one Mary Quant.

Saved by cake, by Marian Keyes
‘Saved by Cake’ gives an extremely honest account of Marian Keyes’ recent depression, and how baking helped her to focus and get back on track


Extreme Frontiers, by Charley BoormanExtreme frontiers, by Charley Boorman
Travelling mainly on his much loved bike, Charley explores Canada, the world’s second largest country, home to some of the most stunning and challenging terrain known to man.


Everyday Masterchef, by John Torode
As the final approaches, ‘Everyday MasterChef’ takes the inspiration from the television show and turns it into recipes for everyday cooking in the real world.

Yummy mummies?

French children don't throw food, by Pamela DruckermanFrench children don’t throw food, by Pamela Druckerman
Pamela Druckerman, who lives in Paris with three young children, has had years of observing her French friends and neighbours, and with wit and style, is ideally placed to teach us the basics of parenting a la Francaise in this much-hyped book.

And daddies…

Babies and toddlers for men, by Mark WoodsBabies and toddlers for men, by Mark Woods
A witty guide that aims to give modern fathers the information and advice they need to look after their baby or toddler, to support the mother and to remain sane in their new role as dad. Covering the first three years of a child’s life, from newborn babe, the terrible twos and into toddlerdom.

It’s a conspiracy

The Mammoth Book of Conspiracies, by Jon E LewisThe Mammoth Book of Conspiracies, by Jon E Lewis
‘The Mammoth Book of Conspiracies’ covers 95 new conspiracies and provides fresh revelations regarding 5 of the furthest-reaching conspiracies, including the assassination of JFK and 9/11.

Preaching to the unconverted?

Religion for Atheists, by Alain De BottonReligion for atheists, by Alain De Botton
De Botton’s new book argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false – and yet that religions still have some very important things to teach the secular world.

And the Gerald Ratner award for promotional titles goes to…

The completely useless guide to London, by Martin Pullen
Who knew that Beatrix Potter, like the Beatles, took inspiration from gravestones for the names of her characters? This book is suitable for those who love London, architecture, history, social history, want to buy the perfect present or just want to be filled with completely useless facts.

Olympic Poems, by Brian MosesFinally, for children there’s a continuing Olympic theme, with

Olympic Poems by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens, Paddington goes for gold by Michael Bond,  Dinosaur Olympics by Jeanne Willis, and Topsy and Tim go for gold / Topsy and Tim visit London by Jean Adamson.

[Malcolm and Katy]


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