Hilary Mantel For his 1959 life of the present queen’s grandmother, biographer James Pope-Hennessy compiled indiscreet and sharp-eyed interview notes, now edited by Hugo Vickers into The Quest for Queen Mary (Zuleika): very funny and astute, it provides a loathly feast for royal-watchers. Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe (Vintage), published in 1992 and now reissued, is set in rural Ireland in the 1880s: poetic and compelling, with a heart-stopping plot twist, it seems to me a perfect novel. Jonathan Sacks One of the most bracing reads of 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Allen Lane). Confronting the ever-growing constraints on free speech in universities, the authors show how a generation of students is being encouraged to develop mindsets that will do them psychological as well as intellectual harm. Brilliantly written, forcefully argued and … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe best books of 2018
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From a bewitching witch and a modern Red Riding Hood to a plague of frogs and a super-fast space train, there are plenty of exciting new picture books this month to keep little ones amused and bemused. Age 3 plus:Mrs Blackhat by Chloë and Mick InkpenBewitching word play and extraordinary illustrations steal the limelight – and everyone’s hearts – in a stunning picture book from father and daughter duo Mick and Chloë Inkpen.Mick has been a bestselling children’s author and illustrator for over 25 years and has won the Children's Book Award and the British Book Award twice. Daughter Chloë has a natural gift for storytelling and together they have formed a unique and exciting picture book partnershipHere they turn their talents to a sparkling Halloween tale featuring a delightfully quirky witch, her annoyingly ginger cat and some wickedly wonderful spells and magic potions.Over the gate at number 8, round the back, through the flap and onto the lap … [Read more...] about Picture book magic adds a sparkle to autumn days
SUSIE Dent is a familiar face on daytime TV as part of the Countdown team. The Surrey-born brain box can be found explaining the meaning of words and giving viewers knowledge about the English language that they may not otherwise find out. But what else do we know about the long-serving Channel 4 celebrity? We've got the lowdown... Who is Susie Dent? Susie Dent was born in Woking, Surrey, in 1964, making her 53. She attended convent school in Ascot before heading to Somerville College, Oxford where she studied modern languages. After graduating from Oxford she did a masters in German at Princeton University in the States. She joined Countdown in 1992 alongside Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman. She is the longest-serving member on the panel. Susie also appears on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and presented a web series, Susie Dent’s Guide To Swearing for Channel 4. Who is Susie Dent’s husband, Paul Atkins? Susie lives in Oxford with husband Paul. He’s a primary … [Read more...] about How old is Susie Dent, who is the Countdown lexicographer’s husband Paul Atkins and how many books has she written?
0 Have your say A boy called Hero battling to save the planet, a youngster fighting to uncover the truth about his dad, a kitchen boy caught up in black magic and a daring boy time-travelling on the high seas are just some of the stars of a sparkling new selection of children’s books. Age 8 plus:My Dad, the Earth Warrior by Gary HaqCan one boy and his batty Dad save the Earth?Gary Haq, a human ecologist who has spent over twenty years supporting the development and implementation of environmental policy in in Africa, Asia and Europe, is on a mission to save our planet and his delightfully inventive debut children’s book is guaranteed to inspire a new generation of eco-warriors.This sparkling, green-coloured adventure – with a big heart and a big message – is brimming with laughter, love and crazy mishaps as a boy called Hero and his dad are forced to reassess their troubled relationship and set out on a joint mission to save Mother Earth from the … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Boys on a mission take centre stage for Father’s Day
0 Have your say Discover some of the world’s most extraordinary words, enjoy a thrilling wartime adventure, meet a girl who dreams of making dresses, and discover the giant rabbit who lives in the Moon in a sparkling selection of new springtime children’s books. Age 9 plus:What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa UribeYoungsters will be having the last word – and the last laugh – with this entertaining and beautifully illustrated book which celebrates the magic of language.Written by Nicola Edwards and illustrated by Luisa Uribe, What a Wonderful Word features a glorious collection of untranslatable words from around the world… all guaranteed to bamboozle (and impress!) your family and friends.The perfect gift for word lovers of any age, it has been created by 360 Degrees, a non-fiction imprint of the Little Tiger Group which offers a stimulating and creative approach to presenting facts and aims to create accessible and unique … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Wizard words, wartime adventure and a moon rabbit