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The best place to live in the UK

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 1st March 2015

Where is the best place to live in the UK? That’s what the Sunday Times is going to be telling us over the next couple of weeks. Today it was the turn of rural Britain, with the paper listing the top 50 country locations in the UK and declaring that Chagford in Devon tops the lot. According to resident Jenny Wood, the only thing it’s impossible to buy in the village ...keep reading

Friday book review – The Queen’s Orang-Utan

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 27th February 2015

David Walliams has only been writing children’s books for seven years but his stories have been translated into 42 languages and have sold more than six million copies in the UK alone. Not only that, a poll of half a million children recently found that Demon Dentist is now the most popular book for primary school pupils. His legions of fans will be thrilled to hear that this month Walliams has ...keep reading

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 15th February 2015

The brilliant Stylist magazine has just run a feature about “the most addictive page turners to chomp through in one weekend or less.” As the magazine says: “An addictive book is like a particularly tempting hunk of crumbly cheddar cheese. We know we should step back and take time to covet it over a series of slow, delicious weeks. But we can rarely resist the urge to dive straight in and ...keep reading

Saturday breakfast

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 7th February 2015

Saturday breakfast is my favourite time of the week. The stresses and strains of the previous week recede into the distance and two days of blustery walks, log fires and reading books stretch blissfully ahead. Years ago, when I was on the Sunday Express, I always worked on Saturdays and even though I got Mondays off in lieu it was never quite the same. Worse still, I missed two years ...keep reading

Monday book review – Rock War by Robert Muchamore

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 2nd February 2015

With their daring plots and larger than life characters, Robert Muchamore’s books have hooked thousands of reluctant young readers over the years. Former private investigator Muchamore wrote his first children’s novel after his nephew complained he didn’t have anything decent to read. Since then the writer hasn’t looked back – over the last 10 years his CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys series have sold million worldwide. The great news is that ...keep reading

Deliciously Ella

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 1st February 2015

It’s a bit ridiculous to be raving about a gorgeous new cookery book when you haven’t actually got a kitchen to cook in but I’m going to anyway. I pre-ordered Ella Woodward’s debut book, Deliciously Ella, after discovering her eponymous blog of the same name last year. Since then she’s turned into one of the best-known cookery writers around. She’s only 23 but her blog gets 150,000 hits a day, ...keep reading

Frankie’s New York Adventure by Frank Lampard

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 25th January 2015

Frank Lampard isn’t your average sort of footballer. For a start he’s written a series of children’s books called Frankie’s Magic Football. And for another thing he’s just been named as a National Literacy Trust ambassador, with the idea that he will help to motivate disadvantaged children to read. Manchester City player Lampard started writing his Frankie’s Magic Football books after his two daughters asked him for stories about football. Their request prompted ...keep reading

Ditch your O levels

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 19th January 2015

I’m a bit puzzled by the news that people over the age of 50 are changing O levels to GCSEs on their CVs in a bid to be considered for job vacancies. They are also, according to The Sunday Times, deleting their early job history in a bid to appear younger than they actually are. The thing that baffles me is that O levels were actually phased out in 1987, ...keep reading

Film – The Theory of Everything

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 12th January 2015

Film awards are a bit of a lottery but the right man definitely won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama award at the Golden Globes last night. Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything is astounding. I’ve only seen him in roles like Angel Clare in Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables before so I wasn’t sure he could ...keep reading

Lunch at The Pig on the Beach

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 11th January 2015

I can’t think of a better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon than lunch at The Pig on the Beach at Studland, followed by a bracing walk to Old Harry Rocks. The Pig on the Beach opened its doors in June last year and has been garlanded with praise ever since. A gorgeous 23-bedroom country house, with stunning views across the Dorset coastline, it received 1,100 room bookings within ...keep reading

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