Archive for October, 2012

  • Autumn Book Harvest on Kindle – save money on our ebooks for a limited time only

    Autumn Book Harvest
    • Oct 29, 2012 • Tags:

    Amazon’s Autumn Book Harvest is in full swing, with lots of our ebook titles at better than half price. The sale runs until the 7th November, so there’s still time to sniff out the best bargains. We’ve rounded up our featured ebooks so you don’t miss out.

    Nick Cohen, You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom 

    Down from £7.99 to £2.99

     From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the advert of the Web, everywhere you turn you are told that we live in age of unparalleled freedom. This is dangerously naïve. From the revolution in Iran that wasn’t to the imposition of superinjunctions from the filthy rich, we still live in a world where you can write a book and end up dead.

    Jung Chang, Wild Swans

    Down from £5.99 to £2.99

    Through the story of three generations of women – grandmother, mother and daughter – ‘Wild Swans’ tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China’s tragic 20th-century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution. At times terrifying, at times astonishing, always deeply moving, Wild Swans is a book in a million, a true story with all the passion and grandeur of a great novel.

     Boris Johnson, Johnson’s Life of London

    Down from £4.99 to £2.99

     London is special. For centuries, it has been amongst the greatest cities of the world. But a city is nothing without its people. Boris’s book provides a chronological story of London but is written in the form of a relay race of biographies – some very famous figures, some more obscure. He ranges from the Romans to one of the author’s predecessors as mayor, Dick Whittington; from John Wilkes (a strong upholder of the freedom of the press) to J.W. Turner; from Chaucer to Gandhi, and through to modern times.

    Nigel Slater, Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger

    Down from £4.99 to £2.99

    Nigel Slater’s truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. Whether relating his mother’s ritual burning of the toast, his father’s dreaded Boxing Day stew or such culinary highlights of the day as Arctic Roll and Grilled Grapefruit (then considered something of a status symbol in Wolverhampton) this remarkable memoir vividly recreates daily life in sixties suburban England.

    Nigel Slater, Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table

    Down From £5.99 to £2.99

               An entertaining, detailed and somewhat tongue-in-cheek observation of the British and their food, their cooking, their eating and how they behave in restaurants, with chapters on – amongst other things – dinner parties, funeral teas, Indian restaurants, dieting and eating whilst under the influence.

    Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

    Down from £4.99 to £2.99

    Set in the Jewish homeland of…Alaska, this is a brilliantly original novel from Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossal ambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writers working today.

    Dan Lepard, Short and Sweet

    Down from £12.99 to £5.99

    Guiding you through the crispest flatbreads, blue cheese and oatmeal biscuits, gluten-free white loaves, savoury leek and smoked haddock pies, caramel sweets, frostings, simple scones and pumpkin and ginger cupcakes, Short and Sweet uses the newest flours and ingredients and has everything from updates on the classics to the latest in baking for intolerances.

  • Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies Wins the Man Booker Prize

    Mantel win
    • Oct 17, 2012 • Tags: , ,

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that Bring Up The Bodies has won the 2012 Man Booker Prize, making Hilary Mantel the first woman and the first British author to win it twice.

    Sir Peter Stothard, chair of the judges and editor of the Times Literary Supplement, made the announcement last night at London’s Guildhall, and said that this year, the award stood ‘for vitality, for fierce intelligence, and most of all for prose’.

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