Longlisted for the Comedy Women In Print Prize 2020
The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.
And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!
But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?
With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .
Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?
The highly-anticipated follow-up to Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller 18th Abduction
Christmas is coming, but crime never stops for the Women's Murder Club.
Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes.
The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal.
As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget?
Meet Mabel - she's MAGNIFICENT.
Sometimes life isn't fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance a naughty Christmas Elf gets her into LOTS of trouble. And the new boy in her class at school REFUSES to be her friend. And no-one lets her look after her little cousin, even though she is BRILLIANT with toddlers. But none of that matters in the end ... because Mabel is still MAGNIFICENT.
The second book in a hilarious new series, highly illustrated throughout and with three short stories, this is ideal for newly-confident readers.
The spellbinding sequel to Tom Fletcher's bestselling magical adventure, The Christmasaurus.
'She is the best-kept Christmas secret of all,' whispered Santa Claus. 'Which is surprising, because Christmas itself would not exist without her. She is older than time itself, yet still as young as tomorrow. She is known only as the Winter Witch.'
One year has passed since William Trundle's incredible adventure with the most extraordinary dinosaur: the Christmasaurus. Now, William is swept back to the magical North Pole, where he meets the mysterious, icy Winter Witch - whose power to control time allows Santa Claus to make the long journey all around the world every Christmas Eve.
And when they learn that the fate of Christmas itself hangs in the balance, William and the Christmasaurus must work with the Winter Witch to protect it...
Full of magic and music, humour and heart, and a friendship like no other, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch is the most enchanting Christmas read for the whole family.
An enchanting and exciting tale of Christmas magic from multi-award-winning and bestselling writer Catherine Doyle.
'Sparkles with magic . . . A wintry wonder of a book' Abi Elphinstone
'Old Marley's magic was beginning to stir...'
George is about to spend his third Christmas without his mum. Since she died, George's life has felt dull and grey; his dad has thrown himself into his work and has no time for family, and definitely no time for Christmas.
Then, George stumbles across Marley's Curiosity Shop. There he finds a mysterious snow globe, which - though George can't quite understand how - appears to show a scene from George's past. A Christmas in which he and his family were together, and happy...
That night, George and his dad are swept on an adventure to three Christmases - past, present, and future. With help from new friends, and just a touch of magic, can they begin living life in full colour again?
Pip and Posy are typical toddlers: they are best friends and they have fun... but sometimes, just like any other toddler, they get cross and sad, so sometimes it takes friendship, sharing and understanding - and a cuddle - to make things better.
It's Christmas time and Pip and Posy are busy decorating the tree with candy sticks, and biscuits, and a beautiful sugar star. But the strange thing is that, every time Posy goes out of the room, when she returns, there's one less decoration on the tree. Eventually, there are NO decorations left AT ALL . . . oh, dear! All young readers will enjoy the moment when Posy finds Pip lying on the sofa, feeling sick, but will they guess how she decides to tackle Pip? A charming and funny new Pip and Posy story from the illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, about the problems caused by telling fibs, with gentle lessons about being kind and tooth-brushing!
This timeless Christmas classic has been updated for Peppa Pig in a brand new, fully rhyming story!
It's the most magical night of the year... Christmas Eve! Maybe Peppa and George will meet a special visitor.
It's the perfect Christmas present for Peppa fans everywhere!
GOLLY GUMDROPS . . . A LITTLE ELF HAS FOUND THEIR WAY INTO YOUR BOOK!
What does Elf want?
Oh! Just to see if you've been naughty or nice this year!
Elf will ask you a few simple questions to find out. And surely there won't be any tricks to try and get you to be naughty . . . will there?
Hmmm, this could be quite a tricksy little elf. You'd better keep your wits about you if you want to make it on to Santa's Nice List!
A fantastically fun and uniquely interactive treat from the creators of There's a Monster in Your Book. Discover a wonderful new Christmas tradition in a book to read again and again.
Everything is set for a perfect Christmas in Twinkleton-under-Beanstalk. There's just one thing missing . . . snow!
Princess Ava dreams of playing in the snow with her pet, Pugicorn. But as Christmas draws near, not a single flake falls from the sky! Can Pugicorn find the courage to make Ava's wish come true?
A sparkling tale of friendship, bravery and Christmas magic... with a super-sparkly glitter cover!
Introducing first concepts, with a Christmas twist, this festive little library features brand new seasonal artwork from Eric Carle. Based on the bestselling The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Little Learning Library, this is a four book slipcase to teach little ones all about Christmas counting, Christmas words, Christmas shapes and Christmas colours. With its study board pages, bright colours, and simple text, this is the ideal gift for little hands this Christmas.
A little bear is worried that he won't be able to celebrate Christmas with his woodland friends because he has to go into hibernation. In the festive spirit of friendship, the other animals decide to hold Christmas early so that the bear can join in. This is a beautiful paperback edition of the hugely popular, heartwarming, festive picture book that will enchant readers both young and old.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... But I'll tell you what was stirring... 'Twas Santa's BIG BOTTOM! A riotously funny Christmas-themed picture book from BAFTA-winning children's TV presenters Sam & Mark. It's time to deliver presents, but Santa's tummy is feeling funny and he needs to let out parps along the way... But as a result, all the presents fall in the sea - will Santa's trusty reindeer come to the rescue, after their brussels sprout snack? Comes with a suitably silly Santa Stop Here doorhanger!
Every page has a fun activity and a silly joke to help Peppa fans get in the festive spirit.
Get ready for Christmas with this brilliant Peppa activity book!
Stick an advent calendar, draw Peppa and give presents to all of Peppa's friends - Yule be glad you bought this book!
Merry Christmas! The internet phenomenon #DrawWithRob is now a fantastically festive art activity book for you to draw with Rob at home… The second book based on the viral videos seen everywhere on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, TV, and more, from the creative genius and bestselling author Rob Biddulph!
Christmas is different this year, with more families at home and wondering what to do! Pick up your pencils and join thousands of children around the world and #DrawWithRob – celebrating Christmas has never been so much fun!
The first DRAW WITH ROB activity book went to Number One in the charts and was named ‘Book of the Year’ at the 2020 Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards! Now every family can share this fantastically festive new art activity book for Christmas. Join Rob and learn to draw your favourite Christmas characters – from Polar Bears to Elves and from Father Christmas to a Snowman, this perfect present is packed with arts, crafts and festive fun.
The bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator Rob Biddulph is the genius behind the phenomenal, viral sensation that is DRAW WITH ROB and the accompanying activity book, and now the sensational DRAW WITH ROB AT CHRISTMAS – bringing joy to families everywhere with his easy to follow instructions and warm-hearted humour. So whether you’re in home education, home-schooling, learning to draw or just having fun, let Rob show you that anyone can learn to #DrawWithRob!
*WITH PERFORATED PAGES SO YOU CAN EASILY TEAR OUT AND DISPLAY YOUR ART!*
Rob’s original hit videos are also available at www.robbiddulph.com, and on Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, with Rob appearing on TV to talk about them too.
Perfect stay-at-home fun for boys, girls, and everyone aged three to one hundred and three, and a wonderful introduction to Rob Biddulph’s bestselling picture book range – including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning Blown Away, Odd Dog Out, and many more! Available in all good bookstores and online retailers, and perfect for children who are learning to read – or just love to!
This festive fun-packed pad contains 30 tear-off sheets that are sure to keep children entertained for hours. Each big page features a colourful Christmas scene, crammed full of things to spot, puzzles to solve and details to doodle and draw. The tear-off sheets are great for sharing, and answers to the puzzles are given at the back of pad.
Flip the pages of this fun mix-and-match book to create some of the funniest, Christmas characters you've ever seen! You can create your own kooky combinations by swapping the heads, bodies, and legs of Santa, a snowman, an elf, and their other magical friends for a really fun-filled Christmas!
An activity book that is packed full of imaginative ideas for drawing Christmas scenes. It includes drawing projects such as: Santa's busy elves, a twinkling Christmas tree, a tobogganing scene, angels with sparkly wings, and more.
7 Ways to reinvent your favourite ingredients with more than 120 new, exciting and tasty recipes
Jamie's looked at the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We're talking about those meal staples we pick up without thinking - chicken breasts, salmon fillets, mince, eggs, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, to name but a few.
We're all busy, but that shouldn't stop us from having a tasty, nutritious meal after a long day at work or looking after the kids. So, rather than trying to change what we buy, Jamie wants to give everyone new inspiration for their favourite supermarket ingredients.
Jamie will share 7 achievable, exciting and tasty ways to cook 18 of our favourite ingredients, and each recipe will include a minimal amount of ingredients. Across the book, at least 70% of the recipes will be everyday options from both an ease and nutritional point of view, meaning you're covered for every day of the week.
With everything from fakeaways and traybakes to family and freezer favourites, you'll find bags of inspiration to help you mix things up in the kitchen.
Step up, 7 Ways, the most reader-focused cookbook Jamie has ever written.
Easy. Everyday. Simple.
Sabrina Ghayour's new collection of unmissable dishes in her signature style, influenced by her love of fabulous flavours, is full of delicious food that can be enjoyed with a minimum of fuss. With sections ranging from Effortless Eating to Traditions With a Twist, Simply provides over 100 bold and exciting recipes that can be enjoyed every day of the week.
Chapter one: Effortless Eating
Including Spiced carrot & tamarind soup; Date & ginger chicken wings; Baked sweet potato & za'atar chips; Spring onion salad
Chapter two: Traditions with a Twist
Including Green hummus; Kabab koobideh; Persian tahchin; Tahdig e macaroni; Mamen Maleh's borscht; Adas polow
Chapter three: The Melting Pot
Including Steak tartines with tarragon & paprika butter; Chilled pistachio & cucumber soup; Ghayour house chicken kari
Chapter four: Something Special
Including Spiced pork wraps with green apple salsa; Firecracker prawns; Green & black-eyed bean baklava; Mushroom dumplings
Chapter five: Cakes, Bakes & Sweet Treats
Including Stuffed dates with torched goats' cheese; Lime & black pepper frozen yogurt; Tahini, almond & orange brownies
Flavour-forward, vegetable-based recipes are at the heart of Yotam Ottolenghi's food.
In this stunning new cookbook Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavour and offer innovative vegetable dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire.
Ottolenghi FLAVOUR combines simple recipes for weeknights, low effort-high impact dishes, and standout meals for the relaxed cook. Packed with signature colourful photography, FLAVOUR not only inspires us with what to cook, but how flavour is dialled up and why it works.
The book is broken down into three parts, which reveal how to tap into the potential of ordinary vegetables to create extraordinary food:
Process explains cooking methods that elevate veg to great heights;
Pairing identifies four basic pairings that are fundamental to great flavour;
Produce offers impactful vegetables that do the work for you.
With surefire hits, such as Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Hasselback Beetroot with Lime Leaf Butter, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne and Romano Pepper Schnitzel, plus mouthwatering photographs of nearly every one of the more than 100 recipes, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is the impactful, next-level approach to vegetable cooking that Ottolenghi fans and vegetable lovers everywhere have been craving.
'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .'
The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.
It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and naturally, nature takes its course.
It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides. The Greeks cannot defeat the Trojans - since Achilles, the Greek's boldest warrior, is consumed with jealousy over an ally's choice of lover, the Trojan slave Briseis, and will not fight . . .
The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning.
In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.
Troy is a myth in which we seek the truth about ourselves, which Stephen Fry brings breathtakingly to life for our modern age.
'Food, for me, is a constant pleasure: I like to think greedily about it, reflect deeply on it, learn from it; it provides comfort, inspiration, meaning and beauty... More than just a mantra, "cook, eat, repeat" is the story of my life.'
OVER 150 DELICIOUS NEW RECIPES, AS FEATURED IN GUARDIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE
NEW TV SERIES, COOK, EAT, REPEAT, COMES TO BBC TWO THIS AUTUMN
Cook, Eat, Repeat is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella's engaging and insightful prose. Whether asking 'What is a Recipe?' or declaring death to the Guilty Pleasure, Nigella's wisdom about food and life comes to the fore, with tasty new recipes that readers will want to return to again and again.
'The recipes I write come from my life, my home', says Nigella, and in this book she shares the rhythms and rituals of her kitchen through over 150 new recipes that make the most of her favourite ingredients. Dedicated chapters include 'A is for Anchovy' (a celebration of the bacon of the sea), 'Rhubarb', 'A Loving Defence of Brown Food', a suitably expansive chapter devoted to family dinners, plus inspiration for vegan feasts, solo suppers and new ideas for Christmas.
Within these chapters are recipes for all seasons and tastes: Burnt Onion and Aubergine Dip; Butternut with Beetroot, Chilli and Ginger Sauce; Brown Butter Colcannon; Spaghetti with Chard and Anchovies; Chicken with Garlic Cream Sauce; Beef Cheeks with Port and Chestnuts; and Wide Noodles with Lamb in Aromatic Broth, to name a few. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in Rhubarb and Custard Trifle; Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; Rice Pudding Cake; and Cherry and Almond Crumble.
'Lawson's latest book is the one I've been waiting for her to write...Her aim is to empower and demystify and to encourage everyone to get as much pleasure from cooking as she does.' Diana Henry, Daily Telegraph
'Twenty-two years after her first book, How To Eat, Nigella Lawson has produced what feels like its answer: Cook, Eat, Repeat.' The Times
The Sunday Times Bestseller and New York Times Bestseller. Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year. 'You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love' Chris Evans A book of hope for uncertain times. Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie's first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too. 'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard Curtis
Get ready to learn everything you need to know about the sport at the heart of Hogwarts! Quidditch Through the Ages is the essential companion to the Harry Potter series, a funny, fact-packed fantasy history of the seriously competitive wizarding sport. Bursting with glorious illustrations, magical memorabilia and two super-sized fold-outs, this spectacular new full-colour edition pairs J.K. Rowling's witty, inventive text with Emily Gravett's incredible artistic imagination. Devoured by Harry Potter in his first year, and consulted on a daily basis by the young witches and wizards at Hogwarts, Quidditch Through the Ages whisks readers on a whistle-stop tour through the game's hilarious (and often foul) history. There's magic and wonder in equal measure for both newcomers to the Wizarding World and established Harry Potter fans. Packed with trivia, tales of on-pitch antics, and Quidditch stars past and present - this is a great gift for the whole family. Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling, and Comic Relief.
A continuation of the New York Times bestselling series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the lives of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present. The volume recognizes women who leave their homeland to seek refuge, to realize unattainable dreams, and to share their invaluable contributions with the world.
A brand new short story set in the world of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust by master storyteller, Philip Pullman.
Serpentine is a perfect gift for every Pullman fan, new and old.
'Lyra Silvertongue, you're very welcome . . . Yes, I know your new name. Serafina Pekkala told me everything about your exploits'
Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon have left the events of His Dark Materials far behind.
In this snapshot of their forever-changed lives they return to the North to visit an old friend, where we will learn that things are not exactly as they seem . . .
Illustrated throughout by Tom Duxbury, the perfect re-entry for fans of His Dark Materials and a wonderful companion to The Book of Dust.
'It's a stunning achievement, the universe Pullman has created and continues to build on'
New York Times
'Pullman is an easeful storyteller and an intricate and inventive world-builder, and everything he has to write is worth reading' Telegraph
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . The perfect gift for every day of Christmas, Brian Wildsmith takes you on an enchanting journey through The Twelve Days of Christmas. This illustrated version of a Christmas classic from one of our most internationally acclaimed picture-book writers and artists deserves a spot under every Christmas tree. Beautifully presented in a cloth-bound special edition, this is perfect for sharing during the festive season. Creates a lovely set with A Christmas Story.
It's not Christmas without The Snowman! This extra-special 40th Anniversary edition makes the perfect Christmas gift, complete with a limited edition print, and a letter from Raymond Briggs. After a heavy snowfall, a young boy spends a winter's day making his very own Snowman. Little does he know, when he goes to bed that evening something magical will happen... The Snowman comes to life! Told entirely through pictures, the boy and the Snowman go on the most extraordinary adventure, flying through the skies on the peaceful winter night. The beautiful illustrations bring the classic Christmas tale to life, making it and the film it inspired, a Christmas tradition for generations of children. Also available: The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film (a picture book with words) The Snowman and the Snowdog (a picture book with words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo