Books - To Have, To Hold, To Love and To Cherish
Discover exquisite books, stunning Fashion books, Music, Lifestyle, DIY all areas. Food, Fitness Fiction and Fun. Books for the coffee table. Books as thoughtful gift ideas. The fashion books are absolutely stunning, perfect for fancy gifts or coffee tableware most noteworthy if ‘fashion is your passion.’ Plus the Music and Lifestyle must-haves. We’ve added a few DIY in all areas, Food, Fitness and generally Healthy Books plus more Fiction and Indie authors you’ll find more on our Book Club page.
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Topical Books of the moment.
The ever-popular previous first lady forever in our hearts. Now everyone wants to know her story. Divided into three sections ' Becoming Me' 'Becoming Us' and 'Becoming More' written by Michelle Obama to inspire others.
Much to Donald Trump's horror Michael Wolff tells his inside story of the first nine months of Donald Trump's term in the White House. Hear all about the chaos Fire and Fury about the most controversial presidency of our time.
BOOKS - Fashion, Music, Lifestyle
New Books UNSEEN My Journey by Reggie Yates.
UNSEEN My Journey by Reggie Yates. Takes us on his journey behind the more familiar scenes from the ever-popular TV host to a documentary journalist or as they say, storyteller. Reggie examines some of the key areas he has explored and lessons learned and shared with us the audience. Reggie thought the public may not take him seriously but he has proved himself as passionate and caring. Putting himself in difficult and dangerous situations to enable us to feel the story. We personally think as Reggie narrates himself this would be a perfect audible book and also a pretty dramatic one for the coffee table.
Fashion Books gorgeous books for fashion lovers.
Decade by decade celebrating the centuries greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography. Beautifully illustrated throughout with unfamiliar and also well-known images. Includes 'the faces that shaped the cultural landscape: from Matisse to Bacon, Freud and Hirst, from Dietrich to Paltrow, from Fred Astaire to David Beckham, from Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer.' In addition featuring fashion designers of the century – Dior, Galliano, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, McQueen by Robin Muir.
Books - Fashion Houses
Dior by Patrick Demarchelier. A stunning collection of Dior haute couture. A portfolio of portraits all shot by Patrick Demarchelier famed for his fashion portrait and heavily printed work. A big, bold, beautiful book of over one hundred gorgeous gowns from the era of Christian Dior haute couture. Especially relevant includes dresses by Dior himself.
History of the house of Chanel from the days of Coco Chanel to current day. First of all a brief bio of Karl Lagerfeld. Then a showcase of his designs for Chanel Collections since joining in 1983. Influences and highlights illustrated with catwalk images worn by the top fashion models. Consequently, a rich showcase of fashion inspiration for Chanel fashion divas everywhere.
Savage Beauty - Andrew Bolton. Alexander McQueen 1969 - 2010 London fashion artist who challenged and expanded fashion as we know it. "My collections have always been autobiographical, a lot to do with the person I am - it was like exorcising my ghosts in the collections. They were to do with my childhood. The way I think about life and the way I was brought up to think about life." Savage Beauty was published to coincide with the exhibition which first showed at MOMA, NYC in 2011. Celebrating the astonishing inventiveness of the designer. As a result, Savage Beauty is a masterpiece of a fashion book to treasure.
Alexander McQueen By Claire Wilcox Striking and informative includes a catalogue of essays from expert fashion commentators and cultural scholars. Over 400 images including backstage pics, editorials includes previously unpublished sketches and research boards from the McQueen archives. Another great choice for fashion lovers.
This book caused a storm in 2004 when first published now back in print. Celebrating the designers career showcasing his iconic catwalk pieces. Plus notorious ad campaigns and popularity among the celebrities. For those among us interested in fashion, inspired by great photography and always on the look out for fashion history.
Books - Fashion Ch Ch Ch Changes
By - Jennifer Croll. Love Fashion and history this book is very informative. Filled with beautiful images whilst it 'digs into a multitude of social, economic, and cultural factors that have pushed fashion this way and that over the last few hundred years.' As a result, a must-have for fashion lovers.
From The Jazz Age To Our Age Graydon Carter. The editors of Vanity Fair put together a most noteworthy showcase of 100 years of history. Since Vanity Fair was created in 1913 covering art, culture, commerce, personality, power, people and all things Vanity Fair.
Author Fern Mallis. The creator of Fashion Week New York - hosts In depth interviews in New York with fashion industry giants. 'Profound Funny Provocotive' A look at fashion Icons including - Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Norma Kamali, Tommy Hilfiger, Polly Mellen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kenneth Cole, Simon Doonan, Andre Leon Tally, John Varvatos, Bill Cunningham not forgetting Isaac Mizrahi with foreward from Ralph Lauren. From childhood inspirations to how to succeed in the fashion business today. Surely a must have for fashionistas.
Karl Lagerfeld Fendi 50 Years by Karl Lagerfeld. An elaborate and desirable object offering unseen before, insight into Karl Lagerfeld's working processes as artistic director to Fendi - since 1965. Looking at his career at the luxury Roman fashion house, and how he transformed Fendi into a global fashion brand. See link for more detail and secure your piece of fashion history.
Fashion Icon - Vivienne Westwood's story.
by Vivienne Westwood Fashion Icon, Designer, Activist, Co-Creator of Punk. Ian Kelly brings the insights of a historian and friend collaborating with Vivienne Westwood. Using her voice and a network of friends, family and associates. Another must-have for lovers of fashion a personal favourite here. 'The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.'
By Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Carolione deMaigret and Sophie Mas. 'We are four Parisian women who have been friends for ages. We are very different in many ways but always agree about the important things.' #1 Best Seller Suprising, in addition fun & entertaining.
Beautiful Music and Icon Books
Here's a gorgeous David Bowie book for the coffee table and not just for the coffee table. In addition, it's picturesque as you'd expect but also highly informative and a real treasure you'll want to hang on to for a long time. Authors Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh. In addition check the link for special editions and collectables.
1963:The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art and Fashion. Authors: Robin Morgan & Ariel Leve. What an awesome book for anyone remotely interested in fashion music art the sixties and history in general, a great compilation of information under one roof - what a year 1963 was. It is mainly focused on the UK and the music industry which overlaps into art and fashion and what was happening in the USA. So of interest to many and not meant as a historic sixties book, light entertainment via a collection of memories, thoughts and stories from relevant people. This is my kind of book and one you can dip in and out of - love it.
'I'll Never Write My Memoirs' by Grace Jones From the icon herself 'I had to be a bitch to maintain any kind of authority. Well if I were a man, I would simply have been in charge, however aggressive and demanding I was.' Grace Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica into a family of ministers she received a religious upbringing from her grandparents. Moving to join her parents in New York at age thirteen with her siblings where her strict upbringing continued. She studied Spanish and Drama taking a role in Philadelphia before signing with a New York Modeling Agency at age 18. In 1970 she moved to Paris where Grace's looks were fully appreciated as she dominated the runways and magazines her influence in both her looks and her music influenced many current musicians which she openly states. She voices her opinion and writes about her collaboration with famous French Photographer Jean-Paul Gaude whom she has a son with, and who happened to take that Kim Kardashian picture that broke the internet. Grace critiques the same photograph and talks of their earlier collaborations 'I was not a model, I was a partner in design'
Mods - Style and Music of 1960's
A must read for the Music and Fashion Industry Paul 'Smiler' Anderson's MODS: The New Religion The Style and Music of 1960's Mods beautifully combined a true wealth of information and insight to the era, well worth the wait.
The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album by Ken Caillat and Steven Stiefel. Ken Caillat the albums co-producer tells the inside story of the making of the classic album of 1977. Topping the Billboard chart for 31 weeks winning Album of the Year Grammy and listed by Rolling Stone as the 25th best selling album of all time. Quite a sensation and any Glee fans may have been introduced by a recent episode dedicated to songs from the album. Seems like a great book for avid Rock History fans and followers whether musician or not a great insight to backstage.
Books all things a little bit DIY all areas
James May (Top Gear fame). Seems appropriate to add this book for all those people a bit DIY a bit green not wanting to be a throwaway culture and always learning. Now, this is new topic things fixed reassembled with a screwdriver. Simple engineering made to appear a bit more obvious. Looking forward to digging and delving into this book.
Things happen for a reason. Our dog is so clever, honest he is, in fact, he is so smart that he picks up that a sigh during a walk from me might mean trouble. He will look around for the issue that I was praying he wouldn't notice. The young adult on his mobile, too busy to notice us as he catches Pokemon. Or the elderly man stopping for a rest on the street corner he'll now assume my sigh means trouble. It will lead to an embarrassing situation from Scooby Doo barking impressions to breaking his lead. Well a tweet from Sarah Walters about exactly this got us checking out her books, there's a few to see this one is the latest for all you dog lovers out there.
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled: Ruby Wax. A clever, witty and helpful book for ordinary people on how to have a happier healthier life. Can just imagine Ruby Wax's interpretations based on her master's studies at Oxford University. Professor Mark Williams comments 'Ruby speaks of the deepest and most painful things with openness, wisdom and humour. Bringing acute observations in a field that badly needs them." Mindfulness is based on Cognitive Therapy. A book full of advice for relationships, for parents, children, teens. People coping with mental illnesses either experiencing or supporting with. Furthermore for those on the cusp of burning out including a six week course based on her studies.
For Die-Hard Joey Essex Fans 'A create-along journal type book to celebrate everything that makes us unique with a mixture of creative and interactive activities' Joey Essex style. Consequently - The Book Of You.
The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead. Not a book of rules a book of secrets learned and anecdotes from Britains (UKGOV Poll) self chosen manager as voted by the British Workers 2012. Discover who inspired Sir Richard... 'Whether you're at the beginning of your career, or head of a Fortune 500 company - this is your guide to being your own CEO (Chief Enabling Officer) and becoming a true leader - not just a boss.' WE SAY WAY TO GO RICHARD...
Books Food Glorious Food Healthy Super Food and Fun
Latest Jamie Oliver hardback cooking book this one direct from his shop. Who doesn't need a fast recipe with minimum fuss and amazing taste. On the table in thirty minutes or less. First, ensure you have five key ingredients readily available as they will be regularly required and so not included as the five for each recipe. Heads up the five to have are virgin olive oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, sea salt and black pepper (which you probably have already if you love to cook). Full of lots of useful tips and delicious food.
Everyday Super Food: Jamie Oliver. Everyone's got at least one Jamie Oliver cookbook in the kitchen - don't they? This one Jamie's on a health kick filling it with useful information, and delicious sounding and looking recipes give it a go. Broken down into breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks/drinks easy guides you can dip in and out of. Or take seriously if you want to include healthy weight loss in your regime. Each recipe includes health benefits of the super foods used in the recipe.
F * it Food
Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Fit Food. First of all full of tasty recipes and healthy eating advice. Sound more difficult than they are. If you're into fitness training and watching what you eat, this book is for you. Packed with information and detail to recipes. We love Gordon Ramsay anyway so checking out his latest book was easy. Suitable for impressing your mates. But not too difficult. For veggie and meat eaters you are bound to find a few perfect recipes. 'Will leave you in great shape whatever your fitness goals.' Go on cook like a pro.
Chrissy Teigen - Cravings and Sequel Hungry For More
Well if you loved Chrissy Teigen's Cravings here's Cravings 2. 'Most will satisfy your cravings but all will leave you hungry for more.' Includes lots of vegetarian options and the social media famous banana bread. Enjoy x
Well if you love Chrissy Teigen like we do this book sold itself if you're a new Chrissy fan read the introduction. It's a little bit different and a large bit Chrissy, boy the girl has everything. It doesn't really matter how good the recipes are but we're sure they're all going to be amazing. If you follow Chrissy on social media you don't need any additional information to buy this book. If you're after tasty recipes you are in luck too. Written with a big pinch of humour and a lot of love.
Brilliant Book for Healthy Eating Honestly Healthy: Natasha Corrett & Vicki Edgson. How to eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way. Packed with recipes and explanations as well as tips on product similarity, so you can substitute some of the more unusual products if need be. As a result full of interesting stuff such as food groups acid to alkaline.
Recipes and Workouts
Tom Daley. Olympian Tom Daley shares his best health and fitness tips including simple recipes and workouts plus motivational tips. Already a best seller an easy way to start your health and fitness routine, an honest look at simple changes to your daily routine. Just start with a few changes and gradually work more in. The recipes are using many ingredients you will have and includes lots of healthy veggie recipes. Tom says 'My Aim Is To Help You Be Your Best And Feel Amazing, All Day, Every Day.'
Make Your Food Superfood
Brilliant and perfect timing as we all get serious over salad and buy more fruit. At least it seems that way with summer looming. Well, this book is all about Selecting, Storing and Cooking those food items to get the most out of them. So a little example; broccoli in cling film wrap stored in the fridge is a great idea. Mushrooms on the windowsill, apples in the sunshine gives your food that extra boost. Written by a botanist to make all your food superfood - love it. Also, author of the fantastic; Grow Your Own Drugs book.
Fun Food Books
Cereal Killer Cafe: By Gary Keery and Alan Keery. Recipes, cereal trivia and cereal fun from the notorious owners of the Cereal Killer Cafe on London's Brick Lane and Camden Stables. If you can't get to visit the trendy cereal eatery to sample some 'sugar high' treats here's the next best thing.
The Gruffalo Cookbook
Gruffalo Crumble and other recipes - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. '24 Recipes from the Deep Dark Wood.' Cute Introductory Cookery Book for Children a perfect present. If you want to get young children interested in cooking and are looking for recipes using simple store cupboard ingredients you'll love this, ring bound book. Easy to use for lovers of the Gruffalo story. Find recipes such as mouse toast and scrambled snake, more detail on the Amazon book page.
A captivating fiction by author Omar Farhad. Born in Kabul and educated in America. The author has touchingly drawn from experiences of both Afghanistan and America, when started, simply couldn't put this book down certainly a heartbreaking book for our troubled times. Would make a dramatic film/movie? Read the book soon as looking like it will be on the big screen as we had hoped, check out the first few pages you'll want to read it all!
Discovered this book via Oprah Winfrey as she tweeted that it had taken her breath away. See #OprahsBookClub Tweet 2 Aug 2016 'a blend of comedy, history, horror and speculative fiction.' Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia she meets Caesar, a new arrival from Virginia who tells her of the Underground Railroad. Together they plan to escape. The story follows Cora and Caesar as they endeavour to leave all the horrors of slave history pre-civil war behind them. Finding work during a short stop in South Carolina which at first appears safe and then the constant state by state movement. To stay ahead of Ridgeway the slave-catcher hot on their heels as they search to find freedom.
Changing Patterns: Judith Barrow. Second in Trilogy follows Pattern Of Shadows but you can pick up here. Believable characters great historical detail post second world war era. A story of hardship and the emotional demands of family life. It touches on feelings of prejudice, guilt, hope and revenge, and how difficult it is to escape the past. Peter a German ex-prisoner of war and Mary who was a nurse at a POW camp hospital. They wish to marry but there are many obstacles that get in the way of their plans. Next in trilogy Living In The Shadows.
To Kill A Mockingbird - Follow up
Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee. Born in Alabama 1926 author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' holder of many literary awards including The Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. 'Go Set A Watchman' is the much anticipated follow up to the 1960's classic 'To Kill A Mockingbird' loved by many and studied in numerous secondary schools the original story of Atticus Finch. A small town lawyer who protects a young black man falsely accused of raping a white girl. The story is narrated by his young daughter nicknamed 'Scout' 'Go Set a Watchman' has Scout now using her birth name Jean Louise. Returning to visit her sick father in Alabama from her home in NYC, it is set in the 1950's twenty years on from the original. The story has a twist from the direction many readers may have expected. The author who is from Alabama, incorporates history, loss, heartbreak, and a young woman seeing how racism has plagued her hometown and family.
More Indie Authors
With offers of films on the horizon, make sure you read it first for readers who enjoy espionage and intrigue. With a typically British sense of humour, cleverly woven together. This book will capture your imagination from the first page, with amazing reviews.
Here's a book I stumbled across think went with the cover at first!I read a little online and was hooked it's a supernatural thriller and finalist for The People's Book Prize Summer 2013 competition, and I didn't know that until after selected to showcase here. 'The Blake Curse.'
Celebrity Chef Cameron Kincaid is drawn into an 800-year-old war. He finds himself fleeing whilst protecting the two women who could be the key to the long-sought Cathari Treasure. Through New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Quebec.This is a cool adventure thriller, one which would make a good movie, where you have to cover your eyes in anticipation.
A Mystery involving a child who unearths a secret. Which, in turn, gives him unnatural sometimes uncontrollable powers. He struggles to be accepted as normal even by his family and soon the CIA and other mysterious people are asking questions Who should he trust! First in series 5-star reviews on Amazon a paranormal, sci-fi, action book suitable for young adults and up Blood Tithe (first in series).
It’s intriguing, and seems to target young teens or teenagers at heart. I easily got into the story and found another one for the wish list from it must be said new talent to watch - Laurence St. John.
Gritty Crime Fiction
Here's a rather awesome trilogy of books to check out from author Ben Coulter. 'Writer of gritty crime fiction, with a generous dashing of humour and suspense' Followed by Keep On Running, When The Saint Comes Marching Home.
Science Fiction Fantasy
Science Fiction Fantasy/ Mystery by E. Douglas Brown born Newfoundland, Canada. Who has been working in the movies, writing producing and directing. Love Sci-Fi Mystery Fantasy then check out his novel get hooked from the first intriguing page. 'He knew the difference between fear based on dreams and fear based on reality. But this was fear and terror beyond anything he had ever experienced; whether dreaming or awake.'