Homes & Antiques April 2019

Home and Antiques - April 2019This month we’ve been inspired by the scallops and scales trend to bring you a treasure trove of ideas for incorporating soft aquatic shades and natural ephemera into your home. From mother-of-pearl inlays to shell-shaped lamps via quirky fish vases and undulating furniture, there are myriad style notes that you can seamlessly add into your scheme. Our new columnist, furniture restorer and TV presenter Jay Blades, shares his love of Britain’s heritage crafts and how intrinsic they are to our national identity. This is a timely reminder as we also report on The Heritage Crafts Association’s Red List of endangered crafts and meet four craftspeople who are keeping a handful of key skills alive. In addition, we tour four extraordinary homes and reveal the go-to places the experts like to shop for their antiques

Treasures of the Deep
Cast your net to discover ethereal decorating ideas inspired by shells and sea creatures.

Dutch Courage
See a blend of period features and 20th-century furniture in Patrick Overwijk’s quirky Netherlands home

Where the Experts Shop for Antiques
Twelve dealers and interior designers share their favourite places to find choice pieces

The art of survival
We reveal steps being taken to preserve some of Britain’s traditional crafts.

New Columnist Jay Blades
In the second instalment of his new column, Jay talks about the importance of keeping heritage skills alive and how he is helping the cause.

All this and much much more!!

The April issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com


The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew – Milly Johnson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew - Milly JohnsonSynopsis: Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Milly Johnson always writes with such warmth and The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is another delightful novel. Very current in its content, full of strong characters and a wonderfully uplifting theme of discovering yourself and what you really need to fill your soul this is a joyous spring read! Highly Recommended!


The Day We Met – Roxie Cooper

The Day We Met - Roxie CooperSynopsis: Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they’re both with other people…

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie? When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything… Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

https://www.waterstones.com/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Once in a while a book comes along that you know is something really special and The Day We Met is such a book. Impossible to put down, this is a challenging, funny, bittersweet, moving, poignant, love story.

Beautifully written, emotionally charged from the accompanying playlist to the ending, this book will capture your heart, but be prepared to experience every emotion that you can imagine.

Highly Recommended!


Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking – Mary Berry

Mary Berry's Quick Cooking - Mary Berry Synopsis: In this brand-new, official tie-in to the major BBC series, Mary shows how being in a rush will never be a problem again. Find brilliant 20- and 30-minute meals and enjoy wonderful dishes that can be swiftly assembled and then left to cook away while you do something else.
Mary’s utterly reliable, always delicious fast dishes tempt any tastebuds and her no-fuss expertise means you can cook from scratch and put mouth-watering home-cooked food on your family’s table without compromising on quality or freshness.
This stunning cookbook, packed with colourful photography, includes over 120 new recipes, including all the recipes from the series, plus Mary’s trademark no-nonsense tips and techniques for getting ahead in the kitchen so cooking is always stress-free.
Looking for a fast, satisfying supper? There’s Crumble fish pie, Lamb tagine with preserved lemon or Pan-fried spiced falafels. Something special for Sunday lunch or dinner with friends? Roast Venison fillet and peppercorn sauce, 30-minute Beef ragu or Roast fillet pork with sage and mustard sauce followed by Upside-down rhubarb pudding.
With Mary’s trusted advice and recipes, discover how easy fantastic fast cooking can be.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review

In this gorgeous new cookbook Mary has gathered together delicious recipes suitable for all tastes that can be created with the minimum of fuss and preparation.

The recipes include Light Bites and Tapas, Speedy Soups, Salads and Grains, Fish, Poultry and Game, Pork, Lamb and Beef, Rice, Noodles and Pasta, Quick Veg, and utterly delicious Puddings and Baking.

Supported by colourful photography of the food and her travels this is a delightful addition to any kitchen cookbook collection.

Highly Recommended!


A Rose Petal Summer – Katie Fforde

A Rose Petal Summer  - Katie FfordeSynopsis: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE…

Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland.
She’s answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it’s time to make a change and do something different for a while?
The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her ‘one who got away’, is of course purely incidental.
Soon Caro is falling in love – not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she’s now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there’s only one way to rescue it.
So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes.

https://www.amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
It’s always a magical time when a Katie Fforde book arrives and this beautiful book, her 25th novel, is another absolute delight and another candidate for our Top 10 reads of 2019! .

Once you start reading A Rose Petal Summer you will be transported into the world that Katie has created and before you know it several hours will have passed, and as you reach the last page you will emerge smiling and relaxed. We absolutely loved it, an uplifting and delightful perfect weekend read! Highly Recommended!


The List That Changed My Life – Olivia Beirne

The List That Changed My Life - Olivia BeirneSynopsis: Georgia loves wine, reality TV and sitting on the sofa after work. She does not love heights, looking at her bank account, going on dates, or activities that involve a sports bra. And she will never, ever take a risk.

That is, until her braver, bolder, big sister finds out that she won’t be able to tick off the things she wanted to do before turning thirty, and turns to Georgia to help her finish her list.

With the birthday just months away, Georgia suddenly has a deadline to learn to grab life with both hands. Could she be brave enough to take the leap, for her sister?

And how might her own life change if she did?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
We love The List That Changed My Life, Olivia Beirne has brilliantly created very funny relatable situations which combined with more poignant reality moments results in a wonderfully uplifting debut novel. Definitely an author to watch in the future. Highly Recommended!


Happiness for Beginners – Carole Matthews

Happiness for Beginners - Carole MatthewsSynopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

https://www.amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
With its bright yellow cover this delightful book contains a wonderful and brilliantly written story that will completely engage you. What we love about Carole’s books is the characters that she writes about have such depth, that as you read you are completely transported to the world that she has created.

Carole took her inspiration for Happiness for Beginners from a real farm that offers alternative education and this research sings throughout the whole book as it is not only the people but the animals too, utterly charming and unpredictable they almost steal the show!

Carole describes this book as one of her best and we couldn’t agree more, it is a joyous, uplifting and absolutely stunning book! Highly Recommended and guaranteed to be one of our Top 10 Books for 2019!


Homes & Antiques February 2019

Homes & Antiques February 2019This month we are scanning the heavens for interiors inspiration, as we explore the world of scientific instruments and pair them with dreamy soft furnishings and accessories. From antique telescopes and star charts, to stylish furniture and standout lighting, you’ll be wishing for night-time so you can enjoy the wonder of inky, star-lit skies. We also tour four remarkable homes, from an incredible Manhattan apartment owned by design doyenne and fashion icon Iris Apfel, to a Sussex barn conversion filled with nautical antiques. We show you how to furnish your home beautifully – while on a budget – with antiques, and share tips for where to pick up preloved pieces. Plus we visit 10 UK museums with amazing collections.

Look to the stars
Create a celestial look in your home this month with antiques inspired by the heavens.

An icon of style
Step inside the colourful New York apartment of fashion doyenne Iris Apfel.

The H&A Guide to the Bauhaus
We celebrate the centenary year of Bauhaus, one of the 20th century’s most influential design movements.

Design icon
We explore the history and inspiration behind William Morris’s Strawberry Thief.

Meet the Maker
Visit the workshop of fabric printer Sally Gilford, whose designs are inspired by human biology.

Out of the Ordinary
We visit 10 remarkable antique collections around the UK, and uncover the passionate collectors behind each of them.

My Style Story
Broadcaster and designer Fearne Cotton shares her love of of period houses, bold wallpaper designs and shopping on London’s Portobello Road.

All this and much much more!!

The February issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com


Mr Doubler Begins Again – Seni Glaister

Mr Doubler Begins Again - Seni GlaisterSynopsis: Not every journey takes you far from home.
Baked, mashed, boiled or fried, Mr Doubler knows his potatoes. But the same can’t be said for people. Since he lost his wife, he’s been on his own at Mirth Farm and that suits Doubler just fine. Crowds are for other people; the only company he needs are his potato plants and his housekeeper, Mrs Millwood, who visits every day.

So when Mrs Millwood is taken ill, it ruins everything and Mr Doubler begins to worry that he might have lost his way. But could the kindness of strangers be enough to bring him down from the hill?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
In Mr Doubler Begins Again, Seni Glaister has created such a wonderfully exquisite book. Taking an uplifting and sensitive approach to relationships, her characters are brilliantly drawn and the twists within the storyline are so cleverly revealed, we absolutely loved it.

This book is guaranteed to be one of our favourite reads in 2019! Highly Recommended!


Double Dork Diaries #5 Drama Queen and Puppy Love – Rachel Renée Russell

Double Dork Diaries #5 Drama Queen and Puppy Love - Rachel Renée Russell - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: A special bumper edition of dorkiness featuring Drama Queen and Puppy Love from the bestselling DORK DIARIES series!

From a missing-diary disaster (leading to a mean-girl takeover!) to a puppy problem of epic proportions, Nikki Maxwell’s life if never dull and always dorky! Get ready to dive into Nikki’s dork-tastic life with this fabulous two-in-one bind-up. It’s time to embrace your inner dork!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1471182347?tag=siscuk-21

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Our junior reviewers loved this reprise of two of the Dork Diaries adventures. As a bumper edition, they love the humour in the stories and particularly enjoy sharing the reading at break time with their friends.


Jungle Jamboree – Jo Empson

Jungle Jamboree - Jo Empson - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis:
Who will be crowned the most beautiful of all at the Jungle Jamboree? Lion, Leopard, Hippo, Zebra?
The jungle creatures all try to change themselves in this beautiful book, bursting with wild splashes of colour and hilarious animal antics. But Fly has a surprise in store – soon the animals learn that they are lovely just the way they are, and that kindness is the most beautiful thing of all.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Jungle Jamboree by Jo Empson is a delightful read-aloud book, absolutely bursting with vibrant illustrations from this very talented author/illustrator about the true meaning of beauty. We loved her earlier Chimpanzees for Tea and this is destined to become another favourite.


Great British Chefs Cookbook – Great British Chefs

Great British Chefs Cookbook - Great British ChefsSynopsis:

– 120 detailed, thoroughly tested recipes from sixty incredible chefs featured on the Great British Chefs website

– Every recipe comes accompanied with a beautiful full-page colour photo so you know what the finished dish should look like

– Recipes include a combination of canapés, starters, mains, desserts and petits fours

– The featured chefs are divided into six separate chapters: Britain’s Culinary Masters; Flavours of Europe; Flavours of the World; Classic British & Pub Food; Modern British and New Wave

– All the recipes are achievable in the home kitchen and range from the effortlessly simple to the more challenging, with no need to own any expensive or specialist professional equipment

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This beautifully presented book is an absolute culinary delight, with stunning photographs and mouth-watering recipes from Britain’s leading chefs this book deserves a place on any food-lover’s bookshelf. You will never be short of inspiration with this delicious collection, suitable for any occasion. We are delighted to have chosen Great British Chefs Cookbook as our Cookery Book of the Month. Highly Recommended!


Gino’s Italian Adriatic Escape – Gino D’Acampo

Gino's Italian Adriatic Escape - Gino D'AcampoSynopsis: Join Gino on his culinary journey along the picturesque Adriatic coast. The newest cookery book, from everyone’s favourite Italian chef, explores the cuisine of the beautiful East coast of Italy.

A celebration of the finest recipes from the Adriatic coast, this cookbook makes Italian cooking simple. It includes everything from fresh seafood to delicious pasta, vegetarian options to meat dishes, and the exquisite photography is guaranteed to give you wanderlust.

Gino’s Italian Adriatic Escape includes all of the mouth-watering recipes from the accompanying major ITV series, as well as introducing us to some new delicious Italian recipes which are perfect for a meal for one or a family feast.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This delightful book gives us ‘A taste of Italy from Veneto to Puglia’, organised into the following; Antipasti, Fish and seafood, Meat & Poultry, Pasta, rice & gnocchi, Pizza & breads, Vegetables & sides, Desserts, plus sections detailing the specialities from Veneto, Emilia-Romanga, Le Marche and Puglia. With stunning photography and detailed recipes this a wonderful companion to the ITV Series.


The Modern Flower Painter – Anna Mason

The Modern Flower Painter - Anna MasonCreating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour

Synopsis: Anna’s clear teaching will give you confidence in painting beautiful watercolour flowers in a modern twist on the botanical style, From complete beginners to more experienced watercolourists, this book offers in-depth instruction on drawing and painting, plus dozens of inspirational floral artworks.

Anna Mason’s exceptional floral artwork has won awards from the Royal Horticultural Society, International Artist magazine and seen her elected to the prestigious Society of Botanical Artists. In this book, she shares her innovative watercolour technique so that you can paint flowers in her clean, crisp style.

The book covers every aspect of painting modern botanical-style portraits of flowers, from tips on gathering your reference to Anna’s six stage watercolour process. There are instructions on setting up your studio and how to produce the detailed drawings. Each of the six step-by-step projects is accompanied by an outline drawing, tonal notes and useful colour swatches so that you can compare the tone and hue of your mixes to Anna’s own. This all builds into a fantastic guide that will inspire and challenge the experienced watercolour artist, while drawing in and reassuring the complete beginner.

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781844488636/the-modern-flower-painter

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is an utterly gorgeous book! Based on her tried and tested six-step approach Anna has designed her book to be a manual on technique, a source of inspiration and also as she describes; ‘the voice of kindness encouraging you to keep practising so that you too can enjoy painting to the full’ The beautiful full colour illustrations are incredibly detailed and with step-by-step instructions to help you create your own versions. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


The Art of the Fold – Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

The Art of the Fold - Hedi Kyle and Ulla WarcholHow to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures

Synopsis: The renowned and influential book artist Hedi Kyle shows you step-by-step how to create her unique designs, using folding techniques. Projects include flag books, blizzard books, the fishbone fold, and nesting boxes. An insight into the work of a truly skilled artist, this book was written to inspire others to experiment with new realms of making and conceptualization using the art of the fold.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is an absolutely fascinating book, created by artists skilled in their craft. There are a number of innovative projects using different techniques: the Accordion, Blizzards, One Sheet Books, Albums & Enclosures with exquisite examples of each method.

if you want to re-create these beautiful designs, this is all the inspiration you need in order to create your own.


How to Cook and Keep on Cooking – Simon Boyle

How to Cook and Keep on Cooking - Simon BoyleSynopsis: Cooking the basics with confidence!
Have you always wanted to learn how to cook, but don’t know where to start?
Whether you’re intimidated by complex recipes and glossy photographs, or you’re a student moving out for the first time, this book will give you the tools you need to gain confidence in the kitchen, and experience the satisfaction of mastering a fundamental life skill.
Written in a refreshingly direct and friendly style, this concise handbook covers all bases: equipment, weekly meal planners, how to follow a recipe, basic nutrition, popular cooking techniques and, of course, recipes!
The recipes revolve around key ingredients – eggs, pasta, pulses, meats and stocks. With easy to follow instructions, you’ll be whipping up full roast dinners, aromatic curries and deliciously sweet desserts, in no time at all.
So why not take the first step? Start cooking today!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Packed full with helpful advice and easy to follow instructions this is a really comprehensive cookbook.

Each recipe tells you what you will need, how to create it, how many portions, plus nutritional information. There are over 80 recipes, including Stocks, Soups, Eggs, Pasta, Rice, Pulses, Grains, Vegetables, Potatoes, Poultry, Fish, Meat, Sauces and Dressings, Bread, Sharing Food, Puddings, and much more!

As well as the recipes, there is helpful advice detailing useful equipment, basic nutrition, how to follow a recipe, safety and hygiene, cooking methods, and weekly meal planners

If you are a first-time cook, or want to help someone else learn, this is a perfect solution!


ART DECO CITY – Arnold Schwartzman

ART DECO CITY -  Arnold SchwartzmanThe World’s Most Beautiful Buildings

Synopsis: Featuring more than 400 detailed photographs from Europe, Australasia and the Americas, Art Deco City captures the very essence of Art Deco and its influences, providing a unique and comprehensive celebration of the elegant style that flourished around the globe.

Art Deco rose to popularity in the 1920s, making its way from France to New York to Australia. Its influence spread rapidly after the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes brought the style to the world’s attention. Art Deco reflected the new industrial age drawing from a variety of influences including ancient Egyptian, Moorish and Mayan motifs and the Cubism, Fauvism and De Stijl movements. It was not only architects that embraced its new design ideas, interior and product designers and craftsmen also took inspiration and none more so than architectural furniture designers.

From the iconic Chrysler Building in New York, Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice and the Hoover Building in London to theatres, shopfronts, factories, fire stations and hotels, Art Deco City showcases the world’s most beautiful buildings, displaying the stunning and diverse range of Art Deco architecture and design that announced the movement’s aesthetic intent.

Arnold Schwartzman is an Oscar-winning film-maker, a renowned graphic designer, and the author of several books on the subject of Art Deco architecture.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is a wonderful coffee table book, richly illustrated with the most stunning photographs of Art Deco buildings and reflects Arnold Schwartzman’s personal favourites from his journeys. With his introduction and narrative, the book is divided into Europe, Australasia, and the Americas, selecting some of the most iconic buildings, but also highlighting some of the details in the facades and interiors of the buildings.

This beautiful book would be a perfect gift for any lovers of Art Deco Architecture!


Homes & Antiques January 2019

Homes & Antiques January 2019From an elegantly styled Cornish farmhouse to an opulent apartment that remarkably survived the Bristol Blitz, our four houses this month are all filled with festive charm, each with an individual twist. If you’re thinking ahead to your Christmas table and wondering how to make it look even more spectacular this year, you’ll find our seven setting ideas, all mixing antique glassware and ceramics with thoughtfully chosen new pieces, invaluable inspiration. We also take a look at the stories behind the 12 decorations that make Christmas and take a tour of 10 of our favourite streets around the UK for antiques and interiors shopping and fabulous atmosphere

Festive Homes
From a Cornish farmhouse to a quirky Victorian terrace, these homes are filled with sparkle.

Dine in Style
Make your Christmas dinner table a feast for the eyes with these ingenious place setting ideas

Last-minute gift ideas
Stuck for ideas? Ideas for stocking fillers, monogrammed treats and gifts on subscription

H&A’s Favourite Shopping Streets
We pick our favourite destinations for shopping at Christmastime and all year round

10 Ways with Festive Flowers
From bountiful bouquets to sparse displays, we show you how to create showstopping yuletide arrangements with blooms and boughs.

Auction Highlights: Star Moments of 2018
A run through another stellar year in the world of antiques and explore the most extraordinary pieces to sell at auction around the country.

All this and much much more!!

The January issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com


If We’re Not Married By Thirty – Anna Bell

If We’re Not Married By Thirty - Anna BellSynopsis
Lydia’s not exactly #LivingHerBestLife. She never imagined she’d be here at thirty – newly single, a job that’s going nowhere and her friends all winning at life when she’s still barely taking part. So she jumps at the chance of a free holiday and jets off to sunny Spain.

Then, out of the blue, she bumps into her childhood friend, the handsome and charming Danny Whittaker. She’s always had a crush on him and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance.

But this relationship could be more than just a fling. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But noone really follows through on these pacts . . . right?

Could Lydia’s back-up man really be her happy ever after?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
If We’re Not Married By Thirty has great pace, very funny, but also with a will-they-won’t-they romance. Full of great characters and with all the makings of a romantic comedy movie, Anna Bell has created a wonderful post-Christmas delight.


More than a Feeling – Cate Woods

More than a Feeling - Cate WoodsSynopsis: Annie Taylor had bags of confidence and spent her evenings impersonating her idol Barbra Streisand, looking flawless in exuberant turbans and winged eyeliner.

Nowadays she is a mother, girlfriend, best friend, photographer, sister – and she’s struggling to keep up.

But then, she sees something she most definitely should not have, and it’s the most freeing thing that could have happened. Suddenly, she has the chance to find herself once more…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This book has great pace, once started you just want to keep reading, as well as poignancy, it has some brilliantly funny laugh-out-loud moments, and despite some ups and downs in Annie Taylor’s life, Cate Woods ultimately delivers a heart-warming romance.


Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness – Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes, Will Hussey

Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness - Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes, Will HusseyDiary of a Brilliant Kid is the “tweenager’s” atlas for navigating life. This interactive collection of stories, quotes, theories and yes, science, guides you through the difficult years between ages 8 and 12 to help you make sense of yourself and the world around you. Everything is changing! And that’s okay! It’s actually more than okay — it’s exciting. These changes are the opening salvo of your gradual transition into “grownup,” and it’s the perfect time to define who you are, how you think and how you choose to face the world. Is it a lot? Yes. But this book can help you sort things out and come out the other side shining.

The journal format gives away the plot; Spoiler Alert: the Brilliant Kid is you. No matter how you feel, no matter what’s happening in your head right now, you are not broken. You are a unique collection of talents and dreams and wants and surprises, and you have an entire lifetime ahead of you — aren’t you curious to discover just how awesome life can be? This book takes you inside your own head, out into the world and everywhere your dreams may take you.

• Learn how to make the kinds of choices that make you feel alive

• Conquer the three R’s of happiness: relationships, relationships and relationships

• Get a handle on today, tomorrow and what comes next

• Bounce back from the tough stuff, and discover the seven words that will change your life

There’s a lot to learn, but one lesson is clear: never be afraid to shine. Stand up, stand out and be spectacular — whatever that means to you. Diary of a Brilliant Kid gives you the map and compass so you can start your own journey today.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review

This book really is awesome!! Although targeted at 8-12 year olds, there are many messages in here that apply to anyone of any age. Written in a very accessible style, full of interaction, humour and brilliant advice. In Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness, the authors, as well as sharing so many other important ideas, also encourage young people to focus on breathing;

‘Spend 3 minutes breathing well five times a day’

For many this may be a novel suggestion, but such a valuable practice to take into adult life.

This is followed by encouraging them to be a role model of happiness and positivity and to develop a positive attitude of mental wealth by living by the principles in the book and by educating others.

This is a wonderful book to share; as a parent with your children, and at a time when many teachers are struggling with motivating and inspiring young people within a narrow and restrictive curriculum this book is upbeat, positive and inspiring, like a burst of sunshine, it should be a set book for all!

Highly Recommended!


A Winter Beneath the Stars – Jo Thomas

A Winter Beneath the Stars - Jo Thomas - Hot Brands Cool Places Synopsis: Halley has been running from her problems for years.

On a courier trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, everything is going to plan. Halley has her bag, with two precious wedding rings inside for delivery… until she doesn’t.

The only way to save the wedding is to team up with mysterious reindeer herder Bjorn, the one person who can lead her across the snowy tundra to be reunited with her bag.

On a journey of a lifetime beneath the stars, with only the reindeer and a bad-tempered stranger for company beside the fire, Halley realises that she will need to confront her past heartaches in order to let the warmth of love in once more…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is such a fabulous read! Full of pace and energy, we absolutely adored this book. Jo always researches her books really thoroughly and in this case Katie Fforde was with her too! Capturing the imagination, this book has such tremendous pace you feel exhilarated just by reading it. Impossible to put down, it is a wonderful Festive delight. Highly Recommended!


Not Just For Christmas – Natalie Cox

Not Just For Christmas- Natalie Cox - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Charlie hates the holidays, and this year is shaping up to be her worst yuletide ever. Her boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, her flat is out of bounds after a gas leak, and her mother has gone to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her fifth husband. Finding herself single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie hesitantly agrees to dust off her wellies and spend the festive season in Devon, looking after Cosy Canine Cottages, her cousin Jez’s dog-care centre.

However, her plans for a quiet rural Christmas with only the four-legged friends for company are dashed as soon as she meets Malcolm the deaf Great Dane, Hugo, his gorgeous (but engaged) owner, and Cal, the undeniably attractive but unbearably haughty and patronising local vet…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
If you love dogs you will love this book. A gentle and humorous take on life in the country, served with a sparkling romance, a menagerie of animals and an unusual Christmas tree! A perfect book to get you in the mood for the Festive season.


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Mount Haven Hotel & Restaurant

Mount Haven Hotel & Restaurant - Credit Mike SearleThe Mount Haven is tucked away on the fringe of the ancient market town of Marazion, located on the West Cornwall coast, and has fabulous views over to the iconic island fortress of St Michael’s Mount. Our location away from the hustle and bustle of the town makes us the perfect place to stay for those looking for a relaxing escape, but within easy walking distance of the independent galleries, shops, and cafés of Marazion. Continue reading


Christmas at the Beach Hut – Veronica Henry

Christmas at the Beach Hut - Veronica HenrySynopsis: Everyone adores Christmas . . .

Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and underappreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders . . . what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?

Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy’s skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.

Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn’t Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?

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Veronica Henry is one of our favourite authors, when one of her books arrives it is such a delicious treat, you know it will be beautifully and thoughtfully written, touching the heart of anyone who reads it. Christmas at The Beach Hut is no exception, very current and totally absorbing. A perfect excuse to stop Christmas preparations and curl up with this gorgeous book. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


The Mother of All Christmases – Milly Johnson

The Mother of All Christmases - Milly Johnson - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-All-Christmases-Milly-Johnson/dp/1471161900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542274742&sr=8-1&keywords=Mother+of+all+Christmases

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We love Milly Johnson’s books and The Mother of All Christmases is a delight, it has all the ingredients of a perfect read, humour, romance, but also a poignancy that will take you from laughter to tears, but ultimately will uplift you, in the sublime way that Milly has of completing all her novels. A wonderful Christmas read! Highly Recommended!


Homes & Antiques December 2018

Homes & Antiques December 2018 - Hot Brands Cool PlacesIn the December issue you will see four enchanting homes, from a snug Finnish veteran’s house to an interior designer’s opulent farmhouse, plus:

The Gift List
Magical hand-selected gifts for every antiques and vintage-lover – from globetrotters and gourmands to antiquities lovers, present ideas for all.

How to update your Christmas
It’s time to dress your home for Christmas! Whether your preferred decorating style is classic, contemporary or full of vintage touches with clashing patterns and plenty of colour, we have all the tricks for updating your festive scheme for 2018.

Festive Homes
Our four homes this month are all individual and packed with inspiration – as you’d expect – from a snug Finnish veteran’s house to an interior designer’s opulent farmhouse in Hertfordshire

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A close look at the inspirations behind Chiparus’ amazing lifelike deco dancers

Designed to Dazzle
We delve into the history of the department store Christmas shop window

Meet the Maker
Weaver Emily Mackey talks us through how she makes each of her handcrafted creations

All this and much much more!!

The December issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now : www.homesandantiques.com


Dynasties – The Rise and Fall of Animal Families – Stephen Moss – Author – David Attenborough – Foreword

Dynasties - The Rise and Fall of Animal Families - Stephen Moss - Author -  David Attenborough - Foreword Synopsis:Family isn’t just important. It’s everything.

From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come.
Dynasties offers an immersive insight into the shifting hierarchies of animal families. Each chapter follows a different dynasty, from the Marsh Lions of the Masai Mara to rival packs of painted wolves, from a tiger protecting her newborn cubs to a chimpanzee troop and the penguin colonies of the Antarctic. Alongside tender moments when bonds are strengthened through grooming and play, the book charts the rivalries that tip the balance of power, when family members turn against each other and younger animals grow strong enough to challenge for control.

With over 200 stunning photographs and insights from the crew of the BBC series, Dynasties reveals in astonishing detail the intricate social lives of our planet’s most fascinating animals.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Dynasties focuses on five animal families, Lions, Chimpanzees, Painted Wolves, Penguins and Tigers. In his Foreword, David Attenborough explains that ‘Animals have families, just as we do, and that is exactly what this book and it’s parent series is about’ The photography in the book is outstanding, particularly the close-up shots of individual animals, and the narrative is insightful giving both the background to the filming and the lives of the animals.

This very special book is the perfect accompaniment to the BBC Dynasties series. Highly Recommended!


John Atkinson

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England’s Finest Blankets.
John Atkinson blankets are woven and hand finished in the heart of Yorkshire using the skills, knowledge and craftsmanship that can only be achieved by hundreds of years of passionate and dedicated manufacture. Our blankets dress the homes of Royalty across the globe and are the perfect traditional finishing touch to any home. Continue reading


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Seeing Stars – A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations – Sara Gillingham

Seeing Stars - A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations - Sara GillinghamA graphically stunning, comprehensive introduction to the 88 constellations

Synopsis: This artful and accessible introduction to constellations equips readers with the information they need to locate, name, and explain all 88 internationally recognized constellations. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside the “story” (mythological or historical) behind its naming, tips on how to find it, what times of year it is visible, and key stars and asterisms within its grouping. Complete with star maps and a glossary, this keepsake volume of visual reference and beauty is perfect for inquisitive young stargazers. Colours are brighter than they appear – printed in pure Pantones. Book jacket features foil stamping and laser-cut pinholes.

Ages 7-10

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From the beautiful foil stamped jacket to the interior this is an exciting, vibrant publication. The layout is clear and accessible, starting with the background to the constellations, how to use the book, how to identify the constellations, and the best conditions to stargaze, inviting younger readers to look up and observe the stars as they listen to the ancient stories, or create their own!

The constellations are divided into two main parts: Ancient and Modern, and each constellation is described in the same way: The Location, How to Find It, Stories and Myths coupled with a beautiful illustration built on their ‘connect-the-dot’ shape.

At the back of the book are stunning Sky Maps and other resources, including Tools for Stargazing, Sky Maps for both the Northern and Southern Skies, Information about Asterisms, Astronomy and Constellations and further contact information and a Glossary of Terms.

A beautiful introductory book for young stargazers!


Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2019 – Alison Maloney

Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2019 - Alison MaloneySynopsis: Do do do do do do do, do do do do do…

Be swept off your feet by the Strictly spectacular.
Strictly Come Dancing sashays onto our screens again with a fantastic new cast of stars ready to brave the dance floor. Swot up on your dance expertise and go behind the scenes to discover how the Strictly magic is created. With exclusive interviews with the pro dancers, their celebrity partners and the fabulous judges, this is your perfect partner for this year’s Strictly extravaganza.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Review
The arrival of the Strictly Come Dancing Annual is always a fun event and this year’s edition is no exception. It includes full details on the presenting team and the judges, the celebrities and their pro partners, plus other Strictly features, quizzes and fun trivia. Richly presented with full colour photography, glitz and glamour this is a perfect companion to the series. A delightful gift for any Strictly Come Dancing fan.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown – Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown - Jeff KinneySynopsis: The 13th hilarious book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield.
Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights.
And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown.
When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

With millions of books sold around the world in 65 editions and 56 languages, Wimpy Kid has turned millions of kids into readers

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Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Our junior reviewers were very excited when the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series arrived. For reluctant readers these books are an absolute joy. Rich with illustrations
these books invite them in and allow them to enjoy books. Our reviewers couldn’t wait to take this latest book into school to share with their friends, having the latest Wimpy Kid book is an important date in their friendship calendar. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown will be a very popular gift this Christmas. Highly Recommended!


The Christmas Sisters – Sarah Morgan

The Christmas Sisters - Sarah Morgan - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, but who’s around it that matters most.

All Suzanne McBride wants for Christmas is her three daughters happy and at home. But when sisters Posy, Hannah and Beth return to their family home in the Scottish Highlands, old tensions and buried secrets start bubbling to the surface.

Suzanne is determined to create the perfect family Christmas, but the McBrides must all face the past and address some home truths before they can celebrate together . . .

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What we love about Sarah Morgan’s books is the way she holds the attention from the first page to the very last, as a reader you want to curl up and enjoy every minute of her delightful books. The Christmas Sisters has all the components for a wonderful read, believable characters, atmospheric location, humour, romance and uplifting touches of pure Christmas magic! We absolutely loved it. Highly Recommended!


An Island Christmas – Jenny Colgan

An Island Christmas - Jenny ColganSynopsis: Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark – and incredibly beautiful.

It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?

Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons – but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy?

Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for an unforgettable Christmas.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Review
We love our visits to the beautiful Scottish island of Mure, and this is another very welcome return. What we love is the way that Jenny paints such a realistic picture of the island and its characters that you feel it’s quite possible to take a boat and visit.

An Island Christmas is both poignant and heart-warming and as our days get shorter and colder, makes this a wonderful weekend read. We loved it. Highly Recommended!


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