Ask an Astronaut – Tim Peake

Ask an Astronaut - Tim Peake Synopsis:Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. It follows on from the record-breaking publication of Hello is this planet Earth?, a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller with sales of 250,000 copies in six weeks, and the fastest selling popular science book since records began.

Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, he reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his ground-breaking experiments, and the wonders of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station.

The public were invited to submit questions using the hashtag #askanastronaut, and a selection has been answered by Tim in the book, which will be accompanied with illustrations, diagrams and never-before-seen photos.

During his mission, Tim conducted numerous ground-breaking science experiments and engaged the British public in ingenious ways. Tim became the first British astronaut to complete a spacewalk and the first person to run the London marathon in space. He spoke to hundreds of thousands of school children back on Earth via events such as the Cosmic Classroom live from the ISS, engaging over 1 million children during the whole mission. He was also involved in other memorable events, such as presenting the BRIT Awards live from space in a dinner jacket. 24 million people watched Tim blast off and over 2 million fans continue to follow his updates across social media. Last year in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Tim was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, an award given to those who have given distinguished service overseas, or, in Tim’s case, in space.

Tim Peake said: ‘Since returning from the International Space Station, I’ve been amazed by the warm response from thousands of people wishing to know more about my mission and what it takes to become an astronaut. I’m delighted to be able to share my experiences in Ask An Astronaut and to give a unique insight into what life in space is really like.’

Tim is pleased to announce that, as with his previous book, royalties received from the book will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Ask an Astronaut ,Tim Peake writes in such an engaging and inspiring way that readers of all ages will be  absolutely fascinated by his very personal account of his mission into space.

This beautiful book full of illustrations, diagrams and stunning photographs, is like a conversation with Tim as he shares his own experiences and answers the many questions that he has been asked since his return.

Included in the chapters, are details about the Launch, Training, Life and Work on the ISS, Space Walking, Earth and Space, Return to Earth, and Looking to the Future. This is a unique book to treasure for generations to come.

We are absolutely delighted that Ask an Astronaut is our Weekend Read Book of the Month.

Photo Credit: The photos below are from Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake published by Century and is out now.

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Tim Peake’s official ESA photograph

Tim Peake’s official ESA photograph


Astronauts standing on the steps: 15 December 2015, Launch Day.

15 December 2015, Launch Day.


Life on the ISS is extremely busy, but on Sundays we usually had some free time to call family and friends back home, whilst watching the world go by!

Life on the ISS is extremely busy, but on Sundays we usually had some free time to call family and friends back home, whilst watching the world go by!

Homes & Antiques – November 2017

Homes and Antiques Cover - November 2017The 300th issue of H&A is on sale now and it’s time to celebrate! To mark the occasion, we’ve planned (and photographed!) a party that explores three decades of decadent style; art deco, 1970s and eclectic contemporary. Grab a slice of cake, a glass of something bubbly and step inside…

We also delve into the sparkling history of champagne – and fly the moon, as we look into the star lot in the recent Space Exploration sale at Sotheby’s. Plus, we reveal what some of the most influential antiques and interiors experts have on their interiors wish-lists right now.

Celebrate our 300th issue with us!
It’s H&A’s 300th issue! To mark the occasion, we have put together, a party that celebrates three decades of decadent style. Find plenty of ideas for your next celebration.

Personal Passions
To mark the 300th issue, we revisit five of the most imaginative homes from our Open House series. From Sir John Soane’s museum to Hauteville House, rediscover these extraordinary homes and their magnificent collections.

Notes on an Icon: Thomas Chippendale
Thomas Chippendale was cabinetmaker to the rich and famous in the 1700s, and next year will be the 300th anniversary of his birth. We explore his rise to greatness and take a look into the life of the great furniture designer.

What to buy now? We ask the experts…
Have you ever wondered what Antiques Roadshow specialist Judith Miller or Daniel Hopwood from The Great Interior Design Challenge would buy if they were given £30, £300, £3000? We ask the most influential antiques and interiors experts what’s at the top of their interiors wish-list.

The essential guide to timeless style
With top tips from interiors gurus, Maggie Stevenson talks us through the art of the timeless interior in seven easy steps.

You will also get a list of the best antiques and vintage fairs to visit in November. Don’t miss this extra-special issue!

The November issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now:

Images: Katya De Grunwald

Styling: Ali Attenborough

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights – Carole Matthews

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe NightsSynopsis: Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. As she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing!

Then Fay gets a call, one that sends her back to her friends and back to the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny, she knows, but surely their relationship is strong enough to survive…?

Fay soon falls back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she is back on dry land! – and starts to wonder if she should have ever left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny – and is it possible for her to have everything she ever wanted?

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Carole Matthews is one of those magical authors who always deliver a book that can be savoured and enjoyed like a delicious meal. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is another gorgeous example, we loved returning to The Cake Shop in the Garden, one of our favourite books written by Carole. Full of delightful characters and with an captivating storyline, Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a beautifully written and charming read, perfect for Christmas. Highly Recommended!






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