Category Archives: Books

My Favourite Childrens’ Books

Patrick Burston- The Jungle of Peril & The Planet of Doom

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The Magic Penny by Sheila K McCullagh

Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella by Charles Perrault

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Water babies by Charles Kingsley

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The Rupert Bear Books by Alfred Bestall

Revolving Pictures by Ernest Nister

Grimms Fairy Tales

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by LFrank Baum

Hans Christen Andersen Fairy Tales

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll

Jack and the Beanstalk by Benjamin Tabert

The Princess and the Frog by ED Baker

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Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi

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The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

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The Very Hungry Catapillar by Eric Carle

Roald-Dahl-Books

various by Roald Dahl

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The Best Health/Diet Books

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman Why I am a pescatarian

Clean by Alejandro Junger

Forever Young by Nicholas Perricone

The Juice Diet by Jason Vale Workout and recovery juice

The Carol Vorderman Detox Books

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The Best Self Help Books

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Cut the Clutter by Cynthia Ewer  How to create domestic bliss

Be Your Own Life Coach by Fiona Harrold

Change Your Life in 7 Days by Paul McKenna

The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck

Goddess by Elisabeth Wilson

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Helen Fielding is Penning Bridget Jones’ Diary 3

Yippee! The new Bridget Jones book will feature electrical communication & social media- emails, texting and twitter. And that’s not all Bridget Fans- 2013 will see the release of the film “Bridget Jones’ Baby” with Colin Firth and Hugh Grant returning to their roles as Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver and there’s also a Bridget Jones Musical on the way.

I really loved Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones- The Edge of Reason, remember these books existed before female singleton representation in shows such as Ally McBeal and Sex and the City. While looking for a new book to read I recently tried Helen Fielding’s most recent work “Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination” and have to say it wasn’t anywhere near as good as Bridget so I’m thankful that a third instalment is on its way.

If you find you can’t wait any longer for more Bridget check out the Independent and Telegraph columns here

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Why I am a Pescatarian

Any fellow veggies/pescies will know that they are frequently asked why they decided to give up meat- well the book Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin is my reason for it.

While I’ve always stayed clear of red meat as I didn’t like the taste and found it too filling I used to eat poultry, bacon and sausages. Every now and then I would have a crisis of conscience and go veggie but it never seemed to last for too long. I saw Gordon Ramsay’s documentary on raising a pig and it then being slaughtered, although I felt really bad for the pig and wanted to be a veggie I just couldn’t make a big enough mental connection between the cute baby animal suffering and the food which seemed to bear no resemblance to it. I read Skinny Bitch because of the catchy title, without realising that this book promoted veganism. One of the chapters goes into graphic detail about some of the mistreatment of animals that goes on in the farming industry- I’m not even talking about the standard allowed mistreatment such as battery farming or injecting your animals with antibiotics which is popular in America, but workers physically abusing the animals for the fun of it. Anyway this really hit home and I was able to connect the disgust I felt from this chapter to eating meat and I’ve never touched it since! In fact meat actually physically repulses me- so I’ve obviously given myself a strong enough aversion to it which is enough to put me off meat for life. I do however still eat fish. I am sure that if I was exposed to some awful fish farming which I’m sure exists it would put me off, but I’m trying to actively avoid viewing that as I feel my health would suffer if I were to cut fish out of my diet.

I don’t judge anyone for eating meat- I was aware of all the awful farming conditions before and I still continued to eat meat, however I’m happier now I’ve given it up as I don’t have those cycles of feeling guilty, I don’t miss meat and I’m sure my diet is much better as I’m no longer having McChicken Sandwiches or sausage rolls.

My 9 Favourite Photography/Coffee Table Books

Bjork by Bjork

Pixel Surgeons by Martin Dawber

Romantik by Robert Klanten

Nick Knight by Nick Knight

Pierre Et Gilles: The Complete Works 1976-1996 by Bernard Marcade

Kylie: La La La by Kylie Minogue

Kate by Kate Moss

Kate: The Kate Moss book by Kate Moss

Heaven and Earth: Unseen by the Naked Eye by Katherine Roucoux

My 8 Favourite Non-Fiction Books

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Mo Yan has won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature

Congratulations to Mo Yan! I must admit I hadn’t even heard of Mo, but I will definitely be adding him to my author to read list, for the full list of Nobel Prize for Literature winners and other author/book recommendations click here. For more info on Mo Yan and the prize click here

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