Frontpage December 2017


The Place We Met – Isabelle Broom

The Place We Met - Isabelle Broom Review on Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Lake Como, Italy, New Year’s Eve. The perfect place to fall in love? Or the perfect place for everything to fall apart?

Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That’s if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.

Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn’t have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.

Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks – but how will it end?

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

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We have loved all of Isabelle Broom’s previous books, she always sets them in the most stunningly beautiful places, which means as well as delivering deliciously romantic storylines, she always transports you to the most wonderful locations. The Place We Met is another magical read, full of emotion, set against the backdrop of Lake Como, a perfect read for a cosy night in, so curl up and lose yourself in this utterly gorgeous book.
Highly Recommended!


Homes & Antiques December 2017

Homes & Antiques December 2017Soak up the festive spirit with the December issue of Homes & Antiques. Inside, we share tips on how to make your classic antiques shine with yuletide touches, explore a traditionally elegant London nest and peer inside one of the nation’s most exuberant stately homes at Christmas, Castle Howard.

We also take a look into the recent sale at Christie’s of Audrey Hepburn’s personal belongings, plus, this issue comes with our special 11-page ultimate gift guide to help you find the perfect present for your loved ones this Christmas.

You will also get a list of the best antiques and vintage fairs to visit in December and a round-up of 10 of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

A Collector’s Christmas
We offer up some new and inspiring ways to display your antiques this festive season. From new ways with teacups to embellishing with brooches, it is the perfect opportunity to put your antiques centre stage.

H&A’s Ultimate Gift Guide
Whatever your budget, we have gathered together the perfect presents for your loved ones. From art lovers to globe trotters, there is something for everyone.

Style Counsel
Interiors stylist Sarah Davenport has breathed new life into the Victorian home she shares with her family, combining vintage and antique furniture with contemporary colour schemes and floral displays.

Hearth & Soul
It’s taken Peet and Ruud Schreuder 35 years to renovate their rural farmhouse in the Netherlands. Now, they can enjoy the fruits of their labour with rustic family Christmases every year.

10 of the best Christmas markets
Are you looking for shopping inspiration with a twist? We round up 10 of our favourite Christmas markets in Europe.

5 tips to make your Christmas magical
We have asked some of our favourite interiors experts for their advice on making your Christmas at home extra-special…

Don’t miss this magical issue!

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

Images: Katya De Grunwald

Styling: Selina Lake


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway – Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The GetawaySynopsis: With this new adventure, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, readers won’t be able to stop laughing as they join Greg and his family on a holiday trip to remember. To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home, but what’s billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare. Filled with Kinney’s trademark hilarity, accessibility, and pure fun, this latest Wimpy Kid instalment is sure to delight fans once again.

Millions of children in the UK are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and fans will not be disappointed this autumn with the publication of the much anticipated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, the twelfth book in the series, which will publish simultaneously with twenty other publishers worldwide.

2017 also marks a milestone moment for the phenomenally successful series, with the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. Bestselling author Jeff Kinney will mark the series’ anniversary and the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway with his third global tour, meeting and entertaining fans around the world with media and events throughout November and December.

“Ten years in, I’m having a blast. I’m as excited and energized about these books as I’ve ever been, and I think The Getaway is going to be one of the best Wimpy Kid books,” says Kinney. “I’m very grateful to all of the readers who have stuck with me over the years, and to the ones who are just starting the series.”

Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn even the most reluctant readers on to books. The Wimpy Kid books are 50% comic strip, 50% novel and 100% hilarious. As a result of the impact and success of these books, Jeff Kinney has been named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Wimpy-Kid-Getaway-book

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
It is always a special moment when the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid arrives in our office, because we know that it will bring joy to our junior reviewers, particularly one who is a reluctant reader, and cannot wait to take the very latest book into school to show her friends. All our reviewers love the stories because the combination of humour, illustrations and use of language makes them very accessible for every child whatever their level of reading ability.

As adults what we love about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway  is that Jeff Kinney has created travel situations that we all recognise, and has combined them altogether in one hilarious book that parents and children will enjoy reading as a family. Congratulations to Jeff Kinney, as a 10th Anniversary celebration this book is absolutely brilliant! Highly Recommended!


The Road to Mexico – Rick Stein

The Road to Mexico – Rick SteinSynopsis: Rick Stein brings his unrivalled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavourful food of Mexico and California. No one better than Rick at capturing the food essence of a country and bringing the best recipes into our kitchens.

Starting in San Francisco and Baja California, and working his way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, Rick Stein cooks, eats and experiences Mexican food at its very best and most diverse.

Whether it’s the farmers’ markets of California, full of sourdough bread, new season garlic and a profusion of citrus fruit; the prawns, snapper and tuna of the Pacific or the glorious street food and colourful markets of Mexico with their avocados, chillies, tomatillos, cheese and corn, this is a part of the world packed with natural, healthy and satisfying ingredients.

Showcasing Rick’s authentic style, with recipes like Ensenada Fish Tacos with Chilli, Deep Fried Coconut Prawns and Slow Cooked Pork Tacos, this cookbook will encourage anyone to try out the bold food of these sunshine states.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rick-Stein-Road-Mexico-Tie/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Road to Mexico is a joyful collection of vibrant recipes including selections for Breakfast & Brunch, Street Food, Vegetables & Sides, Fish and Shellfish, Poultry, Meat, Desserts & Drinks. The photography is stunning, which along with Rick’s commentary makes this delicious book the essential companion to the new BBC Two series of the same name. Trying out these recipes is the perfect way to brighten up a winter’s evening. Highly Recommended!


CHARITABLE BOOKINGS Signature Dish Recipe Book– Edited by David Johnstone

CHARITABLE BOOKINGS Signature Dish Recipe Book– Edited by David JohnstoneSynopsis: 365 of the best loved chefs from the UK’s leading restaurants, private members clubs and 5* hotels have collaborated with CHARITABLE BOOKINGS by sharing their secret main course Signature Dish recipe to help raise money and awareness for 1,000’s of UK registered charities.

These 365 mouthwatering recipes can be found in the both the 754 page, 3.2kg hard back coffee table cook book with a limited edition slip case, making the perfect gift for all foodies this Christmas, priced at £40 with £5 going to a charity of the buyers choice from a growing list of over 8,500 UK registered charities or everyone can enjoy 100 of these stunning recipes for free by simply downloading the CHARITABLE BOOKINGS app with the remaining 265 recipes accessible with a token in-app purchase of £3.99 with £1 going again to a cause close to the customers heart.

These recipes are all exceptional and are from 365 our best loved chefs including Jason Atherton, Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Tom Aikens, Marcus Wareing, Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc, Claude Bosi, Angela Hartnett, Atul Kochhar, Anton Mosimann and Albert Roux and feature dishes from UK leading restaurants including Le Pont De La Tour, Dinner by Heston, Sushi Samba, Pollen Street Social, L’Enclume, Le Caprice, Bibendum, Nobu, Daphne’s, Sexy Fish, Colbert and The Ivy. Alongside some of the UK’s nest restaurants we are also delighted to have main course Signature Dish secret recipes from some of the best private members clubs and 5* hotels head chefs including; The Ritz, The Lanesborough, The Berkeley, Claridge’s, The Groucho Club, The Goring Hotel, The Garrick Club, The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane, The Dorchester, White’s Club, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, and Annabel’s.

Every recipe is special from the simple favourites like The Ivy’s classic Shepherd’s Pie to dinner party show stoppers like the Famous Grouse from John William’s at The Ritz as well as mouth-watering winter warmers such as Tom Aikens’ 7 hour-braised shoulder of lamb. Every dish is accompanied by clear and easy to follow step by step instructions allowing you to create restaurant quality dishes in your own home.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is a sumptuous book, beautifully presented with stunning photography and delicious recipes from many of the best loved chefs, sharing their signature dishes to help raise money for charity. This is a special gift for anyone who loves cooking or wants to experience the mouth-watering dishes included in this wonderful collection. Highly Recommended!


The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 – Alison Maloney

The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 – Alison MaloneySynopsis: Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing is back and more glamorous than ever. Let yourself be twirled around the dance floor by the 2018 annual, your perfect guide to divas, drama and dancing.

Get the lowdown on all of the celebs and dancers. The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 is simply fabulous.

Featuring a sequin-studded cast of celebrities, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes exclusives this annual is your perfect partner for the glittering world of Strictly.

Don your finest feather boa and be prepared to shimmy under the glitter ball!

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

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you love Strictly Come Dancing you will love this book! Packed full with details on all the celebrities and their professional partners, as well as the team of Tess, Claudia and the judges; plus special Strictly features including Meet the Head Judge, Set Sail for Strictly – Strictly Cruises, The Birth of the Glitter Ball, Putting on the Ritz, Hollywood Hair, Lipstick and Rouge, Steps to Success, The Music Man, Top of the Props, The Booth of Truth and much more!

A perfect gift for all fans of Strictly Come Dancing!


Daily Kindness: 365 Days of Compassion – National Geographic

Daily Kindness: 365 Days of Compassion - National Geographic Synopsis: With enriching quotes from celebrated luminaries and striking National Geographic photography, each page of this moving book will inspire you to live with sincerity, compassion, and benevolence. Each month, you’ll practice virtues like patience, respect, and generosity that will focus your mind and heart, creating fulfillment and contentment. Both inviting and motivating, Daily Kindness invites you to reflect on life’s big and small moments, providing a way to embrace new ideas–and enrich your life every day of the year.

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

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is a beautiful book, the photographs, as you would expect from National Geographic, are absolutely stunning. Taking a theme for each month, the daily quotes are inspiring and uplifting. Perfect to keep close and to read at the start of each day. It would also make a gorgeous gift for someone special. We loved it. Highly Recommended!


Blue Planet II – James Honeyborne, Mark Brownlow

Blue Planet II - James Honeyborne, Mark BrownlowSynopsis: Take a deep breath and dive into the mysteries of the ocean.

Our understanding of ocean life has changed dramatically in the last decade, with new species, new behaviours, and new habitats being discovered at a rapid rate. Blue Planet II, which accompanies an epic 7-part series on BBC1, is a ground-breaking new look at the richness and variety of underwater life across our planet.

With over 200 breath-taking photographs and stills from the BBC Natural History Unit’s spectacular footage, each chapter of Blue Planet II brings to life a different habitat of the oceanic world. Voyages of migration show how each of the oceans on our planet are connected; coral reefs and arctic ice communities are revealed as thriving underwater cities; while shorelines throw up continual challenges to those living there or passing through. A final chapter explores the science and technology of the Ocean enterprise – not only how they were able to capture these amazing stories on film, but what the future holds for marine life based on these discoveries.

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

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
With a Foreword by David Attenborough and exclusive behind-the-scenes accounts of how the team captured stunning underwater footage over five years of filming; this beautiful book gives a unique insight into the ambitious filming and the extraordinary marine life found off every continent and in all the world’s oceans.

With breath-taking photography this very special book is the perfect accompaniment to the BBC1 Blue Planet II series. Highly Recommended!


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