It’s a national icon, a British institution, the finest grocer of them all. Fortnum & Mason is a store that has fuelled the tide of British history, fed the appetites of kings and queens, maharajahs and czars, emperors, dukes and divas alike.
Fortnum & Mason is a constantly evolving, hugely successful modern enterprise, one that respects its magnificent history while looking forward into the 21st century. The first Fortnum & Mason’s Cook Book will do the same, appealing to the modern reader and cook, whilst never forgetting the past.
What you’re reading:
I’m reading a plethora of mysteries and thrillers as a way of escaping my own writing. This approach lets me read for sheer pleasure, without endlessly comparing my work to that of another author. I particularly enjoy Val McDermid – especially her wonderful character Tony Hill, and the fascinating relationship between Hill and Carol Jordan.
What you’re listening to:
Kaleo’s “A/B”, whenever I’m driving.
In 4 Books, we ask an author to answer 4 questions on the books that made them — on those books that made a significant impact at distinct junctures of their lives.
It might be the book that guided them through a break up, the one that they press urgently into a friends’ hand, the book that best articulates love, or the book that opened up the world in a startling new way.
Brindisa, the renowned Spanish fine food import company, has become a byword for excellent Spanish food.
The Brindisa Spanish Cook Book is the ultimate in contemporary Spanish cooking, including classic regional recipes, tapas dishes and information about the very best ingredients and food producers. Ranging from the most unusual artisan dishes to the classics of Spanish cooking, this recipe collection draws on Brindisa’s specialist knowledge to introduce you to delights such as jamon iberico de bellota, chorizo, cured ham and fish, fumet (rich Catalan fish stock), farmhouse cheeses, prepared pulses, olive oils and vinegars, sweet treats and storecupboard basics that are essential for Spanish and Mediterranean cooking.
It has been 10 years since Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Orange Prize-winning masterpiece Half of a Yellow Sun was published. Last year the novel was awarded the prestigious honour of the The Baileys Prize Best of the Best and this year we celebrate the 10th Anniversary with a set of stunning new editions. All four books are available now at all good bookshops, or via the links below.
By Michela Wrong
At the close of my novel Borderlines the heroine, a British lawyer who has worked on a border dispute case on behalf of a small state in the Horn of Africa, bumps into a professor from the country concerned, a former friend. She has lost faith in the law, he has gone into exile. The war both of them hoped to avert with a ruling in The Hague is brewing again, with troops building up on both sides and fresh trenches being dug. It’s a sad, bitter-sweet moment.
The 4thcoming series is all about introducing you to our authors. If you’ve ever wondered what your favourite 4th Estate author is currently reading, listening to or what their writing ritual is, then we’ve got all those answers for you.
Name: Miranda Sawyer Book: Out of Time
What’s it about?
Out of Time is not a self-help book. It’s an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt. It looks at how our tastes, and our bodies, change as we get older. It considers the unexpected new pleasures that the second half of life can offer, from learning to code to taking up running (slowly). Speaking to musicians and artists, friends and colleagues, Miranda asks how they too have confronted midlife, and the lessons, if any, that they’ve learned along the way.
‘The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don’t mind at all if you forget this. The important thing is that I don’t.’
On a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead’s life changed for ever.