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Friday book review – Soldiers’ Daughters by Fiona Field

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

I loved Soldiers’ Wives, Fiona Field’s first book about army life, so I was thrilled to get my hands on the second. And I’m pleased to report that Soldiers’ Daughters is every bit as good as its predecessor. This time round Fiona Field focuses on two young army officers who on the face of it seem to have an awful lot in common. Samantha and Michelle are both motherless, were ...keep reading

Kazuo Ishiguro at the Oxford Literary Festival

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 23rd March 2015

When I spotted that Kazuo Ishiguro was the star turn at the Oxford Literary Festival’s inaugural event this year I snapped up a couple of tickets in double quick time. Ishiguro doesn’t do many events so I knew I couldn’t hang about or every seat would be gone. Sure enough, when I arrived at the stunning upper chamber of Oxford Town Hall the place was packed – all of us ...keep reading

Just give me a plate

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 19th March 2015

Ross McGinnes is a man after my own heart. He is so aerated by restaurants that serve their culinary creations on wooden boards that he’s decided to fight back. Just three weeks after launching his @WeWantPlates Twitter account he already has 20,500 followers. I’ve been puzzled by the trend for ages. Even my favourite restaurants and cafes – like Bill’s, The Pig and Le Petit Prince – do it and ...keep reading

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

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