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Month: December 2018

Deliciously Ella’s Five-Bean Chilli with Cornbread

I think this has been one of our most requested recipes. I can’t begin to count the number of emails I’ve had asking for it, so I’m really excited to finally share it with you. Both the chilli and the corn bread are surprisingly easy to make and they taste so incredibly good! The chilli […]

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Our Favourite Books of 2018

Best books 2018 An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green I have long been aware of John and Hank Green for their youtube channel and online presence, but I’m ashamed to admit that I had never picked up one of John’s book. I decided the remedy this problem by reading his brother, Hank’s book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing instead. […]

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How to tell if your child has a sleep problem

Clinical psychologists and authors Rachel Hiller and Michael Gradisar have helped hundreds of children (and their parents) to sleep better through the night. In this edited excerpt from Helping Your Child With Sleep Problems, they give advice on how to tell if your child has a sleep problem. It is completely normal to sometimes have […]

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Hodderscape Reading Challenge 2019

It’s the mooost wonderful time of the year!   No, not Christmas. It’s that glorious time in between Christmas and New Year’s Day when you get to look back on the year just past, make plans for the year to come… AND your house may just be full of leftover tasty things that need polishing […]

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Christmas 2018!

Happy Christmas all! Another solar orbit done, and not gonna lie, 2018 has had a fair number of downs, as well as some truly extraordinary ups. 2019 looks like it will also be a bit of an adventure, especially in the UK as we lurch towards what could well prove to be one of the […]

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Related Categories: Kate Griffin Posts, Writing

All I want for Christmas is… we hear from Graham Norton, Cate Woods, Jo Thomas and Olivia Beirne about which books are on the top of their wish list

Can you believe that it is Christmas Day TOMORROW?! In the final blog as part of our Bookends Christmas author series, we asked Graham Norton, Cate Woods, Jo Thomas and Olivia Beirne, which books would you most like to find under the tree on Christmas morning? Graham Norton, author of A Keeper I still haven’t got […]

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Spiced Rum and Fig Brownies Recipe

Brownies are the mainstay of my baking repertoire for good reason: they’re quick and easy to make; they’re infinitely adaptable; everyone loves them. I’m very happy to spend hours in the kitchen, tinkering with an elaborate recipe for a multi-layered celebration cake or a complicated dessert with a ridiculous number of elements. But really, what […]

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Deliciously Ella’s Almond Victoria Cake Recipe

We’ve made this cake to celebrate team birthdays at our office more times than I can remember and everyone loves it. It used to be called a MaE cake in the deli, so if you’re looking for that recipe this is it! I know lots of people get worried about baking cakes, and think they’re […]

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Looking forward to 2019

  Writing this on the day that drones have shut down Gatwick airport and the cabinet is melting down even further over Brexit, it’s tempting to bury one’s head in the sand about what 2019 might bring… However books have always been a source of solace – not to mention inspiration, entertainment and enlightenment – […]

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Graham Norton, Jill Mansell, Holly Bourne and Beth Good tell us which of their characters deserve a special Christmas gift!

Christmas is just around the corner now, and we couldn’t be more excited for mulled wine, pigs in blankets, and lots of presents under the tree!  To get us in the mood ahead of the big day, we’ve asked four more of our fantastic authors to tell us which of their characters deserve an extra-special […]

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Girly Girly Violence – 2018

It surprises me how, years later, a blog post I wrote about being a woman doing a martial art is still getting comments.  Particularly, people are STILL debating the merit of hitting a guy in the nuts as a tool of self-defence.  Most don’t really have much of a relationship with this other than “oh […]

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Related Categories: Kate Griffin Posts, Writing

12 new sci-fi and fantasy books to look forward to in 2019

It’s the time of year again when we gaze into our crystal ball, and look at all the new books we’re publishing in 2019. We’ve got something for everyone, from some stunning debuts, sequels that we’ve been dying to read, plus some old time favourites who you’re about to fall in love with all over […]

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