Winter’s come – time to eat.

I bet you’re hungry. It’s the cold weather, you know. Every year around this time I start thinking of beef casseroles, of thick, hearty soups, crusty bread and of roast dinners. I love feasting in winter, especially if its cold and rainy outside. And baking too. Who doesn’t like to be sitting on the couch near the heater, the rain pelting  against the window pane, when the aro... Read more

by | June 30, 2010

Winter's come – time to eat.

I bet you’re hungry. It’s the cold weather, you know. Every year around this time I start thinking of beef casseroles, of thick, hearty soups, crusty bread and of roast dinners. I love feasting in winter, especially if its cold and rainy outside. And baking too. Who doesn’t like to be sitting on the couch near the heater, the rain pelting  against the window pane, when the aro... Read more

by | June 30, 2010

Family Album by Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is, in my humble opinion, one of the few truly fine writers working today and I use the word ‘fine’ intentionally for when I think of her writing I think of spare, uncluttered prose, clearly drawn characters, efficiently described  but physically real settings, effectively communicated emotions and precisely imagined and true-to-life behaviour. Penelope Lively’... Read more

by | June 30, 2010

Promises to Keep by Jane Green (Love Verb in the UK)

Do you think its time for a fun read? Yes? I offer you Jane Green. If you have not read Jane Green in the past – a gentle warning – she is addictive. For those already hooked on her fun, vibrant, moving novels – your new fix is almost here! Click Here To Pre-Order Promises to Keep $27.95 SAVE 15% Jane Green, was born in London and has lived in Connecticut for seven years. One ... Read more

by | June 30, 2010

Melanie Milburne, an Award Winning Harlequin Mills and Boon author, Answers Ten Terrifying Questions

Also, it is terribly important to write. Writing is like a sport. If you don’t train you don’t improve. There is no magic bullet workshop; there is no writing guru who can tell you a sure fire way to do it. You just have to WRITE. In fact I have an acronym for it: Write Read Interest in people-listen and learn, be inspired by friends, family or even strangers Tenacity of spirit (you’ll need... Read more

by | June 29, 2010

Before you leap into Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis you really must read, or re-read Less Than Zero

Filled with relentless drinking in seamy bars and glamorous nightclubs, wild, drug-fuelled parties, and dispassionate sexual encounters, Less Than Zero - narrated by Clay, an eighteen-year-old student returning home to Los Angeles for Christmas - is a fierce coming-of-age story, justifiably celebrated for its unflinching depiction of hedonistic youth, its brutal portrayal of the inexorable cons... Read more

by | June 29, 2010

La Bella Lingua : My Love Affair with Italy and the Most Enchanting Language in the World By Dianne Hales

‘Pronto! (Ready!), Italians say when they answer the telephone. And ready they are – to talk, laugh, curse, debate, woo, sing, lament. Their native tongue conveys a sense of something coming alive …’ For anyone who has ever travelled to Italy or simply dreams of going there one day, the fantasy of living la dolce vita is powerfully seductive. Dianne Hales is no exception... Read more

by | June 29, 2010

Strength Training Anatomy By Frederic Delavier

The author hopes his drawings help readers better understand and care for their bodies. “I would simply wish that people would be a little more conscious of their body and the way in which it functions, which can help them in many fields, because we live with our bodies all our life, and as elders say, ‘Know yourself.’ It is the beginning of wisdom.” Read more

by | June 29, 2010

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (BBC adaptation now screening on the ABC)

IN A DARK SQUALID PRISON A BABY GIRL IS BORN . . . Little Amy Dorrit grows up in the Marshalsea debtors’ jail, looking after her father who has been an inmate there for many years. During the day she goes to work as a seamstress for a strange old lady, Mrs Clennam. When Mrs Clennam’s son Arthur returns from abroad and enters Amy’s life, her family’s fortunes change beyon... Read more

by | June 28, 2010