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Mary Berry's baking bible: over 250 classic recipesGreat British Bake Off fans – six cook books to help your baking skills.

Mary Berry – Mary Berry’s Baking Bible: 250 classic recipes – The best!! 9 readers rate it 5 *

Tarek Malouf – The Hummingbird Bakery Nice classic recipes 

Scandilicious bakingJohn Whaite – John Whaite Bakes at Home Bake Off’s own – for more confident bakers

Sine Johanson – Scandilicious Baking Wasn’t there a very complicated  Swedish bake on last week? This might help

Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman- Meringue Girls Cookbook Meringues are the new macaroons

Signe Johansen – Scandilicious Baking – Wasn’t there a Swedish cake in last week’s Bake Off that looked complicated. This might help

Love science? Winton prize science shortlist is announced @RoyalSociety

COVERStuffMattersThe Royal Society has announced  the six book shortlist for the 2014 Winton Prize for Science books. The Science Prize winner will be announced at a public event at the Royal Society on 10 November 2014. The author of the winning book will receive £25,000, while the authors of each shortlisted book will receive £2,500. We’ve got them all in stock. Here’s the longlist

Professor Nicky Clayton FRS, chair of the judges said: “The judges had to think long and hard about which books to include on the shortlist this year. With so much good science writing out there at the moment, it was incredibly difficult to select only six,” “Whether we realise it or not, science is inextricably part of our culture and the books we have selected for the shortlist emphasise the central role it plays in all of our lives.

If you enjoy science in all of its many expressions, then this year’s contenders for the 2014 Science Prize are outstanding additions to your libraries, whether these are your community or university libraries or your personal bookshelves, and they are first-rate supplemental classroom materials, book club books, and gifts for the special people in your lives. Each of these books takes you on an informative and engaging journey of the science. Some are woven with humour and passionate personal stories; others shed light on incredibly complex topics. All are beautifully written and full of the wonder of science.” COVERTheCancerChronicles

Philip Ball – Servicing the Reich: the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler – Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime.

John Browne – Seven elements that have changed the world – Humans have put the Earth’s resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. This title vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon have shaped the world around us – for good and for bad

Pedro FerreiraThe perfect theory: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity - Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement in modern physics. Anything that involves gravity, the force that powers everything on the largest, hottest or densest of scales, can be explained by it. From the moment Einstein proposed the theory in 1915, it was received with enthusiasm yet also with tremendous resistance, and for the following 90 years was the source of a series of feuds, vendettas, ideological battles and international collaborations featuring a colourful cast of characters.

Seven elements that have changed the worldGeorge Johnson- The cancer chronicles: unlocking medicine’s deepest myster+ - When science-writer George Johnson’s wife was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, he plunged himself into a study of the disease and of the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now underway – a thrilling explosion of theories about what cancer really is and where it comes from

Mark Miodownik – Stuff matters: the strange stories of the marvellous materials that shape our man-made world - Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? From the towering skyscrapers of our cities to the most ordinary objects in our homes, ‘Stuff Matters’ tells enthralling stories that explain the science and history of materials we take entirely for granted, while introducing some of humankind’s most ingenious and improbable inventions


William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014 longlist.

The breakawayEx boxer Mike Tyson, retired Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas and Olympic gold-medallist Nicole Cooke are among those who have been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014.

Mike Tyson makes it for his “no-holds-barred” autobiography Undisputed Truth written with Larry Sloman. Gareth Thomas, the high-profile sportsman who came out recently, has been longlisted for his autobiography Proud. Nicole Cooke, the first British cyclist to have been ranked world number one, is listed for her autobiography The Breakaway.

Matt Dickinson’s Bobby Moore: The Man in Full

Love game: a history of tennis, from Victorian pastime to global phenomenonOliver Horowitz’s An American Caddie in St. AndrewsGrowing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course

Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson

Anna Krien’s Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport.

Mountaineer and long distance runner Kilian Jornet’s memoir Run or Die

Stuck in a Moment: The Ballad of Paul Vaessen by Stewart Taylor

Other contenders are (please reserve them if you fancy reading them):

Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport by Rob Steen 

Alone, a biography of figure skater John Curry by Bill Jones

A round up of six Scifi titles for a Monday

The forever watch

 Here’s some recently added SciFi titles which have been recommended by readers.

The forever watch by David Ramirez — The Noah, a city-sized ship, half-way through an 800-year voyage to another planet. In a world where deeds, and even thoughts, cannot be kept secret, a man is murdered: his body so ruined that his identity must be established from DNA evidence. Within hours, all trace of the crime is swept away, hidden as though it never happened. Hana Dempsey, a mid-level bureaucrat genetically modified to use the Noah’s telepathic internet, begins to investigate

Hannu Rajaniemi’s  The Causal Angel - With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur. Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story. And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system

Carrie Patel’s first novel, The Buried Life  is set many years after a catastrophe has engulfed the planet, and humanity dwells underground in the vast city of Recoletta, a gas-lit realm evoking a steampunk Victorian London. The city’s rulers are draconian in their control of the knowledge of history, and the possession of unapproved texts is a crime. When eminent historian Dr Cahill is murdered, it falls to municipal inspector Liesl Malone to investigate, only to find her work on this case and subsequent murders hampered by the secretive Directorate of Preservation. The Buried Life excels on many levels, quite apart from its presentation of strong female characters: it’s a cracking whodunnit with sufficient twists and turns to make Agatha Christie proud, a vivid portrayal of a vibrant multicultural society, and an intriguing love story. (Guardian)

Gideon Smith and the brass dragonDavid Barnett – Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon  the second volume of his Gideon Smith trilogy, he puts steampunk through the mangle and mashes it into something magical. Likable hero Gideon is on a mission to America on the trail of the evil villain Louis Cockayne, who has kidnapped Gideon’s true love, Maria the Mechanical Girl, and a brass dragon known as Apep. What follows is a breathless tale of thud and blunder, villains and monsters galore, a crazed and convoluted plot and a clever denouement that nicely sets up the third and final volume. (Guardian)

The Martian by Andy Weir  -So that’s the situation. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed

Abaddon’s gate bu James S A CoreyFor generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core

If I Should Die – WW1 Poetry evening with James Nash

1914: poetry remembersPoems from the First World WarNext Tuesday, September 30th 6.30-7.30pm we are celebrating the poetry from the Great War. We are really looking forward to poet James Nash  reading and discussing some of his favourite WW1 poems.

James’ always gives us some fascinating insights.

You are warmly invited to bring your own favourite poem or prose from that era so that we can have a discussion.

The event is free but places are limited so please book on 0113 2476016




#FF The Fiction Hotlist is out!

Here’s the Fiction Hotlist for this week

Already rated 5* are Sarah Harrison’s The Wildflower Path, Anna Jacobs ‘The Trader’s Reward and Camilla Lackberg – Buried Angels.

We fancy ‘The Watcher by Charlotte Link’ – Atmospheric psychological suspense novel which was bestseller in Germany, selling 16 million copies!

‘A Meal in Winter’ by Hubert Mingarelli – One morning, in the dead of winter, three German soldiers head out into the frozen Polish countryside. They have been charged by their commanders to track down and bring back for execution ‘one of them’ – a Jew.

Or how about the international bestseller  ‘Love in small letters’ by Francesc Miralles When Samuel wakes up on 1st January, he is convinced that the year ahead will bring nothing exciting or unusual – until a strange visitor bursts into his flat, determined not to leave. The appearance of Mishima, a young stray cat, leads Samuel to a strange encounter with Valdemar and his neighbour Titus, with whom he had previously never exchanged a word, and is the beginning of the incredible transformation that is about to occur in the secluded world he has built around himself