Books For All This Christmas

I love a good book as do a lot of my family member so I was thrilled to be sent a whole host of different books to feature in our Christmas gift guides. Books are an escape from reality, a recipe, a plan even, the possibilities for books are endless. As a rule each year there are always books in our present pile. I am excited to share some fab titles no matter what you're looking for this Christmas.

Books For The Cook
Carpathia rrp £22, invites you to explore Romania’s unique, bold and delicious cuisine: an exciting and unexpected amalgamation of all its diverse influences. As a cultural melting pot its character is rooted in many traditions from Greek, Turkish and Slavic in the south and east, to Austrian, Hungarian and Saxon in the north and west. From chargrilled aubergines, polenta fritters and butterbean hummus, to tangy borş, stuffed breads and Viennese-style layer cakes, Irina Georgescu has created over 100 mouth-watering dishes that are easy to make and a joy to share.
In official partnership with Downton Abbey and with over 150 stunning photographs featuring stills from across the series and right up to the latest film release, this collection of 70 delicious tea recipes is a lavish celebration of the elegant institution of afternoon tea, rrp £12.99. With a foreword by Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey, this carefully curated selection of tea recipes spans the world of Downton, from intimate afternoon tea taken in the drawing-room to glamorous tea parties in the garden, covering different types of tea, curds, preserves and creams, as well as classic recipes and serving suggestions for accompaniments such as scones and biscuits, cakes and tarts, sandwiches and savoury bites.
A cookbook to suit the whole family’s differing wants and needs, The Flexible Family Cookbook, rrp £20 is full of simple and delicious recipes to keep the whole family happy. Jo Pratt provides flexible adaptations for each recipe to account for allergies, intolerances and lifestyle choices. Traybakes and one-pot roasts make for easy and convenient timesavers, whilst scrumptious puds and simple bakes help get smaller hands involved in the cooking. Covering everything from gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free cooking and veganism, to suggestions for flavour and spice adjustments for younger or fussier palettes, this book will be a lifesaver in the kitchen and a crowd-pleaser at the table.
The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook rrp £25, presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery of the Crawley household – from upstairs dinner party centrepieces to downstairs puddings and pies – and bring an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans. Whether adapted from original recipes of the period, replicated as seen or alluded to on-screen, or typical of the time, all the recipes reflect the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables. Food historian Annie Gray gives a warm and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set – a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development.

Books If You Like A Tipple
In official partnership with Downton Abbey and with 50 stunning photographs featuring stills from across the series and right up to the latest film release, this collection of 70 delicious cocktail recipes is a lavish toast to the glamorous world of the Crawleys, rrp £14.99. With a foreword by Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey, and an introduction by food historian Annie Gray, this curated selection of recipes spans the world of Downton, from drawing-room party drinks to downstairs hangover cures and more. In addition to classic concoctions like a Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch and Ginger Beer, this collection features character-specific twists such as Downton Heir, Turkish Attaché, The Valet and The Chauffeur. Photographed using the original lead crystal used on set, each cocktail is guaranteed to raise your spirits, whether by channelling the verve of Lady Mary, the wit of Violet Crawley or the plain-speaking of Mrs Patmore.
The Peaky Blinders Cocktail book features the Birmingham Sour, Derby, Easy Dizzy ... this officially licensed book, rrp £12.99 includes 40 easy-to-make cocktail recipes made from whiskey, gin and other tipples so that you can sip like a member of the Shelby clan. Featuring photography of the cast and settings from the award-winning BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders, impress your guests with historically inspired whiskey and gin cocktails, choose a recipe, settle in in a good leather chair, loosen your starched collar and enjoy the moment!

Books For The Thinker
From the team behind the super-popular Instagram My Therapist Says, rrp £14.99 comes this humorous guide that chronicles the exhausting task of navigating the daily, anxiety-ridden struggle that we fondly call life. Including hilarious memes MTS is known and loved for, along with checklists, prompts, questions from readers, and more, My Therapist Says is the guide you need to achieve your goals, one wrong turn at a time
Awaken, heal and transform your life with The Moon Fix, rrp £16.99 a bewitchingly illustrated modern guide to harnessing lunar power and celebrating the Sacred Feminine that lives within us all. Through better understanding and attuning ourselves to the lunar cycles, we can improve our intuition, let go of past pains and find a deeper spiritual connection. From succeeding in business to finding love, discover how lunar power can help you to achieve ambitious goals and address your most secret concerns. Bring ancient wisdom to modern living with this enlightening book.

Books For Her
A beautifully designed journal, rrp £14.99 to record key moments in the first years of your child's life, the perfect gift for all new parents. The Baby Book is the ideal place to record all the special moments and memories from the first three years of your child’s life. As well as details of the birth, parents and siblings, you can record all the firsts (sitting, crawling, walking, teeth), favourites (toys, books, friends, music) and events, with space for notes and photographs and charts to record growth. An expandable pocket at the back allows you to hold on to keepsakes, lay-flat binding makes it easy to use and an elastic enclosure keeps everything in place.
A beautiful and practical Wedding Planner, rrp £14.99 with sections on Dress, Budget, Venue, The ceremony, Guests, Gifts, Flowers, Photography, Invites, Transport and Honeymoon, checklist reminders, calendar countdowns and blank pages for notes. Organising a wedding takes a lot of planning. This structured planner will keep you on track with checklist reminders, calendar countdowns and plenty of space to record who is doing what and when to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. The planner is comprehensive but flexible enough for you to customise according to your needs. There are fourteen sections, marked with tabbed opening pages making it easy to find whatever information you need. There is an expandable pocket at the back for you to store any cards, cuttings or samples, lay-flat binding and an elastic enclosure to keep everything in place. Sections include Planning, Budgets, Ceremony, Clothing, Beauty, Flowers, Reception, Guests, Stationery, Gifts, Photographs.
The Magpie Society, rrp £12.99, Illumen Hall is a boarding school of tradition and achievement. But tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered on the beach - and on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie. For new student Audrey, it is just another strange and unsettling thing about her new surroundings, along with the secrets the school seems to hide and its weird obsession with magpies. For her roommate Ivy, the death of her friend Lola is just one thing she desperately wants to get past - and having a new student asking questions and cluttering up her personal space is not helping a bit.

Books For Kids

This Christmas, children and adults alike will adore exploring the incredibly diverse and mesmerising wilderness beneath the waves, with Puffin’s beautifully illustrated new hardback book, BLUE PLANET II, rrp £14.99. Open up to discover stories of shimmering coral reefs in a kaleidoscope of colours, otters chasing one another through underwater forests and King penguins tip-toeing past snoozing Southern elephant seals. With a foreword from Sir David Attenborough, BLUE PLANET II is full of the incredible stories we first watched in the landmark BBC Blue Planet II TV series, reimagined and brought to life with stunning illustrations, alongside exciting facts and surprises. 

The Danger Gang, rrp £12.99, The electrifying No.1 bestselling adventure from the author of The Christmasaurus and The Creakers, Tom Fletcher! Franky can't wait to move to his new town - although he wishes he didn't have to leave his best friend Dani behind. Franky's always wanted to be part of an amazing gang - just like his hero, super-spy Zack Danger! And soon, he realises that there's real danger in store for himself and his new friends. And so the Danger Gang is born.
The Miracle On Ebenezer Street, rrp £12.99, shortlisted for the Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (senior category) at 2020 An Post Irish Book Awards. George is about to spend his third Christmas without his mum. Since she died, George's life has felt dull and grey; his dad has thrown himself into his work and has no time for family, and definitely no time for Christmas. A stunning modern reimagining of Charles Dickens' beloved classic, A Christmas Carol.
The Puffin Book Of Big Dreams, rrp £14.99, A brand new anthology featuring extracts from classic family favourites AND brand new stories about BIG dreams from Puffin's best-loved and exciting new authors and illustrators. This magical book also features quotes and motivational pieces from brilliant inspiring leaders, scientists and actors on their own BIG dreams. 5% of the RRP from this book will go to the National Literacy Trust, to help them continue their life-changing work.
Serpentine by Philip Pullman, rrp £7.99, a brand new short story set in the world of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust by master storyteller, Philip Pullman. Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon have left the events of His Dark Materials far behind. In this snapshot of their forever-changed lives, they return to the North to visit an old friend, where we will learn that things are not exactly as they seem. 
Make sure this Christmas is never forgotten with the magical large-format Snowman Adventure bookFind out what happens when the child wakes on Christmas Day morning to discover a double-decker bus parked in the garden full of snowmen. Follow their adventures as the child is whisked to the North Pole, transformed into an elf and gets to work helping Father Christmas wrap, sort and deliver all the presents. Will they make it back to their home before everyone wakes up? And will the family believe that they have helped save Christmas? The book features the child's face on every page and includes personal information such as their address, the name of a friend and family members.
One Hundred Steps by Captain Sir Tom Moore, rrp £12.99, the story of the man who captured the heart of a nation in its darkest days, Captain Sir Tom Moore. This is an inspirational picture book, published in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation, which tells the incredible story of the man who walked 100 laps of his garden and captured the heart of a nation. Fully illustrated for younger readers, and following the key moments from Captain Tom's incredible life, the book shows what is possible when we come together and never, ever give up.
                           Thanks For Reading
Mandy
xx

  1. These all sound great.ill be keeping a look out for afew of the kids books for my son.

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  2. Great Ideas for the family here Thanks !

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  3. some great books here--cant beat a good read

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  4. Hello, there are some really interesting books here, I particularly like the look of 'Carpathia' and 'My Therapist Says'.

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  5. I'd love all those cocktail and cook books!

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