Sunday the 15th of March sees Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate every single thing your Mum has done for you. Whether it’s something as basic as your washing, as unconditionally kind as coming to collect you from the train station when you’ve missed the last bus and don’t want to shell out for a cab, or telling your dad that he really ought to respect your life choices (even if it means you’ll be out of work for a year until the green grows out of your hair), Mum has your back, and Mum’s are the best. And, in some cases, let’s not forget that Mum has to be Dad too. To help you give your Mum the very best gift possible, we’ve paired some of our brilliant Mum-friendly books with some especially Mum-friendly presents. Spoil her rotten this Mother’s Day.
After a fantastic year of publishing that has seen 4th Estate books win awards and gain presidential approval, we asked our team members (along with those of our sister imprints William Collins and The Friday Project) to tell us about the best books they read in 2014.
Here are their choices:
Before you start to tire of this scorching summer heat and the apparently bottomless bowls of strawberries and cream, take a moment to remember that the nights begin drawing in from Sunday. Hey, I’m not trying to depress you, honest! I’m simply preparing you for what follows all that summer solstice tomfoolery. But, you may have a point – it is far too early to be turning our thoughts towards autumn, when surely most of us are still looking forward to our summer holidays. And, for literary types, in between figuring out which factor sunscreen we need and whether five pairs of flip flops is four pairs too many, the most important packing-related question remains: what books am I going to take with me?
Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers on the BBC has introduced many new people to Nigel’s style of simple, flavoursome recipes and books that are about good food rather than pretentious eating.
This style of recipe and cooking has been something we have been proud to publish in Nigel Slater’s books over the years.