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.

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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…

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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…

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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?

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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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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!


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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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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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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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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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