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Lucy by the Sea

From the Pulitzer prize-winning, Booker-shortlisted author of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON and OH WILLIAM!



'It is a gift in this life that we do not know what awaits us'



In March 2020 Lucy's ex-husband William pleads with her to leave New York and escape to a coastal house he has rented in Maine. Lucy reluctantly agrees, leaving the washing-up in the sink, expecting to be back in a week or two. Weeks turn into months, and it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the sea.



Rich with empathy and a searing clarity, Lucy by the Sea evokes the fragility and uncertainty of the recent past, as well as the possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this miraculous novel are the deep human connections that sustain us, even as the world seems to be falling apart.



'A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own' Hilary Mantel



'A terrific writer' Zadie Smith



'She gets better with each book' Maggie O'Farrell



'Lucy by the Sea might be my favourite Elizabeth Strout novel yet. Such grace, such empathy, such exquisite and sharp observation - and yet so very much itself too. No one else writes like Elizabeth Strout' Rachel Joyce

Turnips' Edible Almanac

The time for fresh, seasonal, delicious food is now - Turnips' Edible Almanac is the definitive guide to eating the very best produce throughout the year.



With decades of experience sourcing the highest quality produce from a network of independent farms, Fred Foster of fruit and veg supplier Turnips - equally beloved by Borough Market locals and Michelin-starred chefs - is perfectly placed to guide you through a year of seasonal eating.



Turnips' Edible Almanac guides you through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, highlighting Fred's chosen produce each week. All ingredients are showcased in the recipes that follow, including a mix of fresh dishes to enjoy that week as well as preserves to use later in the year. The collection of over 100 recipes includes a varied mix written by Turnips' very own Tomas Lidakevicius, celebrity chefs and family.By challenging yourself to try different ingredients each month, seeking out the freshest and most sustainably produced options, you'll revolutionise the way you cook, eat, and even think about food.



So what are you waiting for? Dive straight in to discover:



- Provides shopping lists for every week of the year, highlighting what's in season within each ingredient category, along with "star" products for each week and recipes for each.

- Includes recipes written by a number of leading European chefs, including Jennifer Paterson, Jeff & Chris Galvin, Antonio Carluccio, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, and Tomas Lidakevicius.

- Contains a mixture of recipes for fresh ingredients and ways to preserve produce so it can be enjoyed again later in the year.

- Simplifies seasonality so everyone can get into the groove of using domestically grown ingredients when they are at their freshest and best.





A must-have volume for people who love food, care about ingredients, and want to know where their food comes from, as well as those with environmental concerns looking to eat more sustainably.

Ideal for home-cooks with an interest in high-quality ingredients and exploring the wealth of produce available locally, Turnips' Edible Almanac is sure to delight.

Making a Scene

From influential and iconic star Constance Wu, a powerful and poignant memoir-in-essays full of funny and intimate observations that will resonate with readers everywhere.



'Like her, the book is bold, emotional and unexpurgated; the story of an Asian American who always wanted to fit in, and ended up just wanting to be her true self.'Independent



'A startling insight into the reality of trials by social media and sexual exploitation in Hollywood... Most powerful is her #MeToo rallying cry, which will make your skin crawl and your blood boil.' Sunday Times



Growing up in the friendly suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, Constance Wu thought that girls were supposed to be reserved, graceful, and polite. Everyone around her praised ladylike behaviour while seeming to disapprove of the louder, rougher girls - the kind of girls who made scenes. And while she spent most of her childhood suppressing her bold, emotional nature, Constance found an early outlet in local community theatre. The stage was the one place where big feelings were okay - were good, even. As she continued to reconcile her personality with the expectations of daily life, acting became more than a hobby. It was her refuge, her touchstone, and eventually her vocation. She went to New York to study classical theatre and pursue an acting career while waiting tables, dating, despairing, and embracing city life. In 2015, she was cast in the ground-breaking TV sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, a touching, funny story about an Asian American family in the '90s. Another historic role followed when she starred in the smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians, which featured an entirely Asian cast. These two pivotal moments in Hollywood history opened up a new chapter for Constance, who continues to explore the complexities of Asian American representation.



Through raw, hilarious, and relatable stories, Constance fearlessly shares her experiences of growing up in suburban Virginia, scraping by as a struggling actress, falling in love again and again, confronting her identity and influence, and navigating the pressures and pleasures of existing in today's world.

Half-Life of Snails

Two sisters, two nuclear power stations, one child caught in the middle... When Helen, a self-taught prepper and single mother, leaves her young son Jack with her sister for a few days so she can visit Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone, they both know the situation will be tense. And Jack isn't like other five-year olds... as they will both discover with devastating consequences.

Hwyl Smot Yn Yr Eira

Smot plays in the snow - use the finger puppet to play too!

Nye

This is the story of the shy young boy from Tredegar who became one of the most important British politicians of the 20th century. Learn about how he fought for fairness and kindness, and his legacy - the founding of the NHS. Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan's story is presented with simple, clear prose and beautiful, detailed illustrations - perfect to be read aloud or for early readers.

Cyfrinach Betsan Morgan

A mystery story with a twist. Betsan Morgan isn't looking forward to spending a week with her classmates at Plas yr Hydd. Her best friend is ill at home, and she has to go on her own, with strangers. But once she arrives, Betsan finds that she is able to travel to the past to live in the time of her great-great-great-grandmother.

Dros Y Mor A'r Mynyddoedd

Looking at Celtic legends, everyone wonders at the strength and bravery of the female characters. This collection of fifteen myths from seven countries demonstrates this. Welsh adaptations by Angharad Tomos, Haf Llewelyn, Mari George, Aneirin Karadog, Myrddin ap Dafydd, Anni Llŷn and Branwen Williams.

Diary Of An Invasion

This journal of the invasion, a collection of Andrey Kurkov's writings and broadcasts from Kyiv, is a remarkable record of a brilliant writer at the forefront of a 21st-century war.



Andrey Kurkov has been a consistent satirical commentator on his adopted country of Ukraine. His most recent work, Grey Bees, is a dark foreshadowing of the devastation in the eastern part of Ukraine in which only two villagers remain in a village bombed to smithereens. The author has lived in Kyiv and in the remote countryside of Ukraine throughout the Russian invasion. He has also been able to fly to European capitals where he has been working to raise money for charities and to address crowded halls. Kurkov has been asked to write for every English newspaper, as also to be interviewed all over Europe. He has become an important voice for his people.



Kurkov sees every video and every posted message, and he spends the sleepless nights of continuous bombardment of his city delivering the truth about this invasion to the world.

Best of Friends

'A profound novel about friendship. I loved it to pieces' MADELINE MILLER

'A shining tour de force' ALI SMITH, Guardian Summer Reading



CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF 2022 BY THE GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, DAILY MAIL AND FINANCIAL TIMES



A dazzling new novel of friendship, identity and the unknowability of other people - from the international bestselling author of Home Fire, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction



Sometimes it was as though the forty years of friendship between them was just a lesson in the unknowability of other people...



Maryam and Zahra.



In 1988 Karachi, two fourteen-year-old girls are a decade into their friendship, sharing in-jokes, secrets and a love for George Michael. As Pakistan's dictatorship falls and a woman comes to power, the world suddenly seems full of possibilities. Elated by the change in the air, they make a snap decision at a party. That night, everything goes wrong, and the two girls are powerless to change the outcome.



Zahra and Maryam.



In present-day London, two influential women remain bound together by loyalties, disloyalties, and the memory of that night, which echoes through the present in unexpected ways. Now both have power; and both have very different ideas of how to wield it... Their friendship has always felt unbreakable; can it be undone by one decision?



'A new Kamila Shamsie novel is always worth celebrating, but Best of Friends is something else: an epic story that explores the ties of childhood friendship, the possibility of escape, the way the political world intrudes into the personal, all through the lens of two sharply drawn protagonists' Observer, Books of the Year 2022

Poenisawrws

The perfect book to help every anxious little Worrysaurus let go of their fears and feel happy in the moment.

Rock Legends At Rockfield

Featuring frank and funny interviews with artists who recorded at world-famous Rockfield Recording Studios in Monmouth, Rock Legends at Rockfield reveals fascinating stories behind some of the world's best-known and loved rock albums and records, e.g. Oasis's What's the Story (Morning Glory), Queen songs including Killer Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody, and Motörhead's recordings.


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