• ‘Mum, What’s Wrong with You?’: 101 Things Only Mothers of Teenage Girls Know

    • May 20, 2021 •

    ‘The mothering manual we all need’ Claudia Winkleman

    Mums: are you feeling lonely, confused or worried? Are you panicking that maybe you’re getting everything wrong? Does it, in the words of Lorraine Candy’s own teenage daughter, ‘suck to be you’ (Mum) right now?

    Welcome to the most challenging part of your parenting journey: the teenage years.

    It was all going so well and then, out of the blue, the little girl you love to the moon and back turned into an irrational, fire-breathing dragon. She lives in a messy pit of wet towels and sticky mugs, hoarding other people’s phone chargers and eyebrow tweezers, while rudely rejecting maternal intervention or affection.

    Do not worry. You’re not alone. Parenting columnist Lorraine Candy, a mum of four (including three teens), is here to help. Her warm and witty family memoir will lead you to a more harmonious parenting place. Alongside a wealth of hilarious personal anecdotes, Candy offers you useful, easy-to-follow, well-researched guidance from experts.

    This is a survivor’s guide for mums. This book will help you connect with your daughter and feel good about your mothering as you raise the bright and brilliant young women of tomorrow.

  • A Cook’s Book

    • May 20, 2021 •

    A Cook’s Book is the story of Nigel Slater’s life in the kitchen . . .

    . . . from the first jam tart Nigel made with his mum standing on a chair trying to reach the Aga, through to what he is cooking now. He writes about how his cooking has changed from discovering the trick to whipping cream perfectly, to the best way to roast a chicken. He gives the tales behind the recipes and recalls the first time he ate a baguette in Paris and his first slice of buttercream-topped chocolate cake.

    These are the favourite recipes Nigel Slater cooks at home every day; the heart and soul of his cooking. Chapters include: the solace of soup, everyday dinners, a feast of green and a slice of tart. Then there are, of course, the ultimate puddings and cakes with sections on the silence of cheesecake and biscuits, friands and the brownie. This is Nigel Slater at his finest.

  • I Wish I Knew This Earlier

    • May 20, 2021 •

    Relationships can be tricky and break-ups can be devastating. Many of us learn lessons in hindsight, but this often comes with making some mistakes. In this book, speaker and writer Toni Tone shares brilliant advice and illumining wisdom to help you avoid these mistakes and improve the way you navigate dating, love, and heartbreak.

    A few years before writing this book, Toni walked away from a long-term relationship. When this relationship broke down – and as many of us will know – it encouraged Toni to go through a huge range of challenging emotions, and reflect on all her past relationship experiences – including what shaped her, what she learned from others, things she did well and things she could have done differently. 
     
    This experience ended up being the best thing that could have happened to her. It led her to learn more about herself than ever before and allowed her to navigate relationships more effectively going forward. Most crucially, it changed her outlook on life and she channelled this energy into her creativity by helping people understand their worth and avoid common relationship mistakes. 
     
    I Wish I Knew This Earlier is the perfect gift – the ideal handbook told in Toni’s distinctively relatable and thoughtful style, that will speak to anyone who has ever struggled through dating, experienced love, and been through (or is going through) heartbreak.

  • How To Talk To Robots: A Girls’ Guide To a Future Dominated by AI

    • May 20, 2021 •

    ’…an essential and fascinating manual for every woman who wants to understand equality within an ever-changing, modern world.’ Scarlett Curtis

    ‘…[this book] taught me more than any book has ever taught me about AI.’ Chris Evans, Virgin Radio

    How To Talk To Robots, is your girls guide to Artificial Intelligence. Entrepreneur Tabitha Goldstaub welcomes you into the AI world with a warm embrace. She brilliantly breaks down the tech-bro barriers offering a straightforward introduction and makes clear the enormous benefits of understanding AI..

    If your social feed defines your spending habits or you’ve downloaded the latest filter to see what you’ll look like when you are old or now connect with your doctor using an app, have applied for a job online or used your phone to arrive at work in record time, AI is playing a part in how you live, work and play. We live in an era where machines are taught to learn and act without human intervention and there are infinite possibilities to their applications. The risk of these technologies biasing against you is real, and this book will give you tools to navigate the current and future developments consciously.

    As well as explaining the risks Tabitha lays out the awesome benefits AI can offer. From spotting disease to tailoring education and tackling climate change the potential rewards are life-changing.

    Starting with a potted history, Tabitha shines a light on the many unsung heroines since the rise of AI in the 1960s. In conversation with Karen Hao she simply demonstrates how the technology works (and sometimes doesn’t work!) and interviews a cross-section of women who use AI in their work today including Jeanette Winterson, Sharmadean Reid, Martha Lane Fox and Hannah Fry. This book doesn’t just present the challenge; Tabitha offers supportive practical advice and shares an extensive list of books, films, courses and more for further exploration.

    However it is that you identify with womanhood, wherever you are in life, and whatever you do, this technology is inescapable and now is your time to make sure AI works for you – and not you for it!

  • Together: 10 Choices For a Better Now

    • May 20, 2021 •

    This is not about how we messed things up. This is about what kind of world we want to live in now, and the joy we can take in finding our dignity again.

    ‘If I had to choose just one book that I want everybody of any age to read at this moment in time, this would be it’ Brian Eno

    ‘Delightful’ Yanis Varoufakis

    In 2020 protest movements across the world revealed the inequalities sewn into the fabric of society. The wildfires that ravaged Australia and California made it clear we are in the middle of a climate catastrophe. The pandemic showed us all just how precarious our economies really are, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the US election proved the same of our democracies. Those in charge do not have the answers. In fact, those in charge, more often that not, are the problem.

    So, what do we do? In Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now, award-winning political commentator Ece Temelkuran puts forward a compelling new narrative for our current moment, not for some idealised future but for right now, and asks us to make a choice. To choose determination over hope; to embrace fear rather the cold comfort of ignorance; to save our energy for an unwavering attention on those in power and the destructive systems they uphold, rather than wasting time spewing out anger and outrage online.

    Above all, this book asks you to choose to have faith in the other human beings we share this planet with.

    ‘I am giving Temelkuran’s Together to everyone I know. So clear-eyed, frank, wise and joyous! An obligatory book for any human on earth today’ Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

  • Conjure Women

    • May 20, 2021 •

    A Stylist Best Book of 2020

    You’re free to decide your future. But how do you escape the ghosts of the past?

    A stunning debut novel with echoes of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and Sara Collins’ The Confessions of Frannie Langton

    The pale-skinned, black-eyed baby is a bad omen. That’s one thing the people on the old plantation are sure of. The other is that Miss Rue – midwife, healer, crafter of curses – will know what to do.

    But for once Rue doesn’t know. Times have changed since her mother Miss May Belle held the power to influence the life and death of her fellow slaves. Freedom has come. The master’s Big House lies in ruins. But this new world brings new dangers, and Rue’s old magic may be no match for them.

    When sickness sweeps across her tight-knit community, Rue finds herself the focus of suspicion. What secrets does she keep amidst the charred remains of the Big House? Which spells has she conjured to threaten their children? And why is she so wary of the charismatic preacher man who promises to save them all?

    Rue understands fear. It has shaped her life and her mother’s before her. And now she knows she must face her fears – and her ghosts – to find a new way forward for herself and her people.

    Conjure Women is a story of the lengths we’ll go to save the ones we love, from a stunning new voice in fiction.

  • Notes on Grief

    • May 20, 2021 •

    A devastating essay on loss and the people we love from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

    ‘Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn how glib condolences can feel. You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language’

    On 10 June 2020, the scholar James Nwoye Adichie died suddenly in Nigeria.

    In this tender and powerful essay, expanded from the original New Yorker text, his daughter, a self-confessed daddy’s girl, remembers her beloved father. Notes on Grief is at once a tribute to a long life of grace and wisdom, the story of a daughter’s fierce love for a parent, and a revealing examination of the layers of loss and the nature of grief.

  • Lucky

    • May 20, 2021 •

    A tense, twisty novel about race, power, betrayal, survival – and an addiction so compelling it threatens to destroy everything in its path

    ‘A fresh, exhilarating voice’ Adele Parks

    ‘Impossible to put down’ Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City

    Etta wants to get married. Ola, her partner, says he does too, but he’s also allergic to making concrete plans and keeps insisting that they save enough for a house deposit before they even think of marriage.
    So Etta finds a way to start secretly making money: online gambling. And how lucky that she just happens to be so good at it.

    Soon she’s playing quite a lot. She doesn’t like lying to Ola, but it’s all for the good of their relationship. She’s even made a friend on the site, StChristopher75, and she’s invited to a special VIP party. And even if she is losing a little money here and there – or even quite a lot – she’ll win it back eventually. In the mean time, perhaps StChristopher75 can help her out with a little loan, once she’s met him in real life. He’s just won big, and he’s been so friendly and helpful.

    And he says her photo’s hot. Why wouldn’t he want to help her?