Eating is the most pleasurable, gross, necessary, unspeakable biological process we humans undertake. But very few of us realise what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs and enema exorcists, stomach slugs, rectum-examining prison guards, and competitive hot dog eaters (how much can you eat before your guts burst?)- as she investigates the beginning, and end, of our food.
Doodlemum : A Year of Family Life
Most parents photograph their children growing up, but Doodlemum (Angie Stevens) posts a drawing of her children and their family life on her blog every night (after the kids have gone to sleep). She draws everything from holidays to pets, tantrums to camping. All captured in a few key strokes of the pen.
Angie Stevens’s enthusiasm for drawing developed in childhood and she went on to study illustration at the Unviersity of Westminster. After shis, she says, came ‘the tsunami of children and marriage’ but her passion for drawing never left her. After the birth of her third child, ‘a bit exhausted, sleep-deprived and probably suffering from a bit of post natal depression’, her husband bought her a collection of Moleskin notebooks and suggested it might help to start drawing again.
It did, and in 2010 the Doodlemum blog was born. Over 1000 illustrations later, Doodlemum is established. This is the book her fans have been asking for – perfect for them and for those who will fall in love with this tender and funny picture of family life in all its messy glory.
The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club : Everything You Need to Know About Wine – and Much, Much More
* Frequently panic in the wine aisle and end up reaching for the same old thing. Every. Single. Time?
* Simply pick the bottle with the nicest-looking label?
* Automatically pick the second-cheapest wine on the wine list?
* Feel it may be time to extend your wine horizons beyond Pinot Grigio?
If this is you, then you need to join the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. Come and explore the wonderful world of wine. From throwing a children’s party (because adults need something fizzy too), planning a wedding or matching wine with food, this book will help you make the right wine choice every single time.
Go beyond the discount deals and discover the can’t-go-wrong crowd-pleasers, perfect reds to go with your Sunday roast, the best wine to drink with chocolate, plus some unexpected suggestions for your next girls’ night in. This is the one wine guide that every woman should own. Because life’s too short to drink bad wine.
A Walk Around Warwick DVD
Take a walk around the streets of Warwick and discover a thousand years of history.
From the mediaeval halls of the Lord Leycester Hospital to the stunning Beauchamp Chapel, Warwick has centuries of beautiful buildings, each with its own tale to tell.
In this feature length documentary, local historian Dr. Sylvia Pinches takes the viewer on a tour through the streets to see everything from the magnificent courthouse of Shire Hall to the towers of Warwick Castle and the charming Mill Garden.
What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?
From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, Nature provides the ‘natural services’ that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more, it has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature’s services for granted, imagining them free and limitless …until they suddenly switch off.
This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India’s vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations). Tony Juniper’s book will change whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.