Ben Aaaronovitch – Foxglove Summer review

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

This week there’s a new book, Foxglove Summerby Ben Aaaronovitch, a lovely blend of crime / detective and supernatural.

Ben Aaronovitch’s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series! So …if you like this book, there are four others to read.

Rivers of London was a World Book Night choice last year, rated 5* by our readers and the series is going to be on telly.

Foxglove Summer is full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch’s series has swiftly added Grant’s magical London to Rebus’ Edinburgh and Morse’s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.

In the fifth of this bestselling series the author takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm.

Bake! The Hairy Bikers’ Diet and Top Bananas

Paul Hollywood's British bakingIf you’re missing The Great British Bake Off,  Paul Hollywood’s British baking might do the trick – he takes a personal tour around the regions of Britain and discovers the  history of their finest baked delights. 9780297869054_Hairy Dieters_TPB_Final

He shows you the secrets behind the recipes and how to create them in your own kitchen and, in his inimitable style, he applies his signature twist …40 recipes to try.

Once you’ve done that, you might need The Hairy Dieters new book – How to Love Food and Lose Weight They lost almost 6 stone between them and you can lose weight too… . Low calorie recipes  – they Top bananas!: the best ever family recipes from Mumsnetsay real food for real people, not skinny minnies! 

Ideas for family meals, hearty lunches and dinners, a few knock-out bakes and snacking options. Bake your cake, eat it, and lose the pounds.
Top Bananas: The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet by Claire McDonald and Jill Mead contains 120 hassle free recipes for family meals and looks good to us.

The 100

The 100Anyone watching The 100 on TV?  The book is written by Kass Morgan, a young adult novel, we’ve just ordered the sequel, Day 21.

In 3010, humanity lives in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the planet will be habitable again. Now a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent on a high-stakes mission to re-colonize Earth.

After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community and to get over their dark pasts

The 100: Day 21 is a continuation of her first book and bestseller, The 100. The first book introduced all of the main characters for the series and gave all of the background of where humans are now living and why.

There are a group of 100 juvenile delinquents sent to earth by the Chancellor of the Colony established on spaceships where humanity now lives due to a devastating nuclear war on Earth. The spaceships have kept their distance far above the radioactive surface of Earth.

In the first book, the 100 young people are sent by a dropship to re-colonize earth. The reason is made much clearer by the end of the second book. A hint is that the spaceships are about to lose the limited precious resource needed to breath. Day 21 picks up with all of the main characters from the first book: Clarke, Wells, Octavia, Bellamy, Glass and Luke. All but Glass and Luke are sent to Earth.

Get ready, Bake!

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


A trail of fire: four Outlander talesDiana Galbadon’s Outlander series has been made into a TV series by Starz.

The Scotland-based big-budget historical romance was well-received when it debuted this weekend in the US, but hasn’t been taken up in the UK yet. You can read the books, though, they’re on a similar scale to Game of Thrones for number of pages! And it may well show on British TV at some point.

Combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) has her second honeymoon cut short after being inexplicably transported from 1945 to the Highlands of the 18th century. Amid the stirrings of Jacobite rebellion, she finds herself drawn to strapping local Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) while also being pursued by her present-day husband’s cruel ancestor “Black” Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

Novels in the series include:

1. Cross Stitch
2. Dragonfly in Amber
3. The Custom of the Army
4. Voyager
5. A Plague of Zombies
6. The Drums of Autumn
7. The Fiery Cross
8. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
9. An Echo in the Bone
10. The Space Between
11. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
12. A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

Richard and Judy – the novels

The way you look tonightIs Richard Madeley’s first novel ‘Some day I’ll find you’ about to be adapted for TV?  He says there is interest in showing it on the small screen. It gets 4 stars from Leeds Readers.

The story concerns James Blackwood, a handsome fighter pilot – every girl’s dream partner. At least that is what Diana Arnold thinks when her brother first introduces them. Before long they are in love and marry hastily just as war is declared.

Then fate delivers what is the first of its cruel twists: James is shot down over Northern France and killed. Diana is left not only a widow but pregnant with their child. Ten years later, contentedly remarried, Diana finds herself in the south of France, sitting one morning in a sunny village square. A taxi draws up and she hears the voice of a man speaking English …

His  new novel The Way You Look Tonight, is a thriller set among the Kennedys  He has also started writing his next novel, a murder mystery set in the 1976 UK drought.

Judy Finigan’s first novel was novel Eloise Yesterday I almost saw her. I was standing on the sun deck, looking out to sea, revelling in the unexpected warmth of the February sun. A butterfly trembled on a nearby buddleia and suddenly I smelled her perfume. She wasn’t there, of course. How could she be when I had seen her lying in her coffin just two weeks ago

Next Game of Thrones book?

Game of thronesFans of Game of Thrones both on TV and the novels want to know when the next instalment will be published.  ‘Winds of Winter’ which is being written by the author George R R Martin  but has no release date yet , may, according to analysts,  be released in 2017. That is, if author George R.R. Martin has the same writing pace as JK Rowling according to a geometry graph on Washington Post.

According to the Five Thirty Eight website  if GRR  Martin wrote 350 words daily, it would be released in August. It will be done in February next year if he writes at 300 words a day; or October in case his daily writing average is only 250 words!

Five Thirty Eight calls their method of calculating the next ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ book’s release date “Martinology.” The blog has received its reputation for statistical analysis and predictions on politics and baseball.

Five Thirty Eight makes use of the following George R.R. Martin’s works for analysis:

– A Dance of Dragons – 422,000 words

– A Feast for Crows – 300,000 words

– A Storm of Swords – 424,000 words

– Clash of Kings – 326,000 words

– Game of Thrones – 298,000 words

– Winds of Winter – 1,500 pages (estimate)

It is a known fact that Winds of Winter has been 400 pages completed, as of October 2012, when the author told a reporter how far he’d got. After that, there was no news on his progress. He’s known to be a slow writer but Washington Post claims the author does not deserve such reputation. His works are though to be higher in quality than those of other authors of fantasy stories and his output is still on pace with Rowling’s.

However, the statistical predictions do not assure a definite release date for Martin’s book, and though they are good tries, they can end up signifying nothing. As to when the book finish, no one knows. The Winds of Winter release date will be whenever its author pleases.