Teatimes BBCRadio2 5-7pm mon-fri 🧡”BETWEEN THE COVERS” fri BBC2 7.30pm also “Back in time..” & “love in the countryside”BBC2 my book: “Till The Cows Come Home”
9 Book Recommendations by Sara Cox
- 'A delicious mystery and a touching exploration of loneliness and desire in cloying 1950s suburbia - a great read' Sally Magnusson, author of The Sealwoman's Gift1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on the local newspaper, caring for her truculent mother and - unmarried in her mid-30s - considered a spinster of her parish.This limited existence of tedious chores and small pleasures is suddenly cracked open when a reporting assignment takes Jean into the intimate lives of the Tilburys: Gretchen Tilbury has made the sensational claim that her daughter Margaret is the product of a virgin birth and Jean is determined to uncover the truth. But as the initial medical tests seem to confirm Gretchen's version of events, Jean is surprised to find her life has become strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen is now a friend, and her quirky and charming daughter Margaret a sort of surrogate child. But it is Gretchen's husband, Howard, who exerts the greatest gravitational pull on Jean: she doesn't mean to fall in love with him, but Howard surprises her with his dry wit, his intelligence and his kindness - and when she does fall, she falls hard. But he is married, and to her friend - who is also the subject of the story she is researching for the newspaper, a story that increasingly seems to be causing dark ripples across all their lives. And yet Jean cannot bring herself to discard the chance of finally having a taste of happiness...But there will be a price to pay, and it will be unbearable.
Happy #BetweenTheCovers day! Book of the week: the intriguing page turner Small Pleasures by @ClareDChambers & @alandavies1 quietly devastating & beautifully written autobiography Just Ignore Him. @thewhitmore @itsanitarani & @russell_kane bring extra chat&charm, 7.30pm @BBCTwo https://t.co/KftZwhC35j
This Lovely City
Louise HareAn atmospheric and utterly compelling debut novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in postwar London, This Lovely City shows that new arrivals have always been the prime suspects -- but that even in the face of anger and fear, there is always hope.
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk KiddAfter her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Sabrina Ghayourbazaar noun: a market in the Middle East Bazaar is a colorful, flavourful and satisfying celebration of vegetable dishes, designed tosuit every occasion and every palate. The magic of this cookbook is that you won't feel like anything is missing, with dishes full of easy-to-achieve flavors and depth that would win over even the most die-hard carnivore. Each recipe utilizes the abundance of varied flavour profiles of the East, from spices, herbs and perfumed aromatics to hearty staples such as grains and pulses, combined with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. You will find salads for all seasons, spectacular sides, bowl comfort, moreish mains and sweet treats. Recipes include: Grilled halloumi flatbreads with preserved lemon salsa Charred tomato & roasted chili soup with herb-fried croutons Root vegetable bastilla Grilled tofu salad with peanuts, sweet tamarind & spiced miso dressing Potato, ricotta & herb dumplings with walnuts & chili butter Feta, pul biber & oregano macaroni cheese Courgette, orange & almond cake with sweet orange yogurt frosting
The Power in You
Henry FraserFrom Sunday Times bestselling author... 'Henry Fraser is one of the most remarkable people I've ever met' J.K. Rowling 'What a story of transformation, inner power and inspiration' Jonny Wilkinson Mouth artist, motivational speaker and author of the inspirational memoir The Little Big Things, Henry Fraser, explores the transformative power of acceptance in this motivational guide. If The Little Big Things was about Henry's past, The Power in You is about his present and his future. And through understanding his daily experience, Henry teaches us all how best we can live. This book is about right now, and it's about tomorrow. It's about recognising progress, it's about accepting our past to become free of it, it's about living in the now to avoid anxiety. It's future focused on the positive. Henry discusses acceptance, how to adapt and deal with our pasts, how to forgive ourselves, and how to forgive others. He will remind us to live in the present and just how empowering that can be, how to work through self-doubt, how to become aware of our progress, and how everything you need in life comes from within you. The power is in you.
The Pioppi Diet
Aseem Malhotra & Donal O'neillAs heard on BBC Radio 4 Today . . . 'This book has the power to make millions of people healthier and happier. If we all adopted The Pioppi Diet we would quickly reverse the obesity epidemic and be able to sustain our National Health Service' Andy Burnham, former Secretary of State for Health *** The easy 21-day plan for a happier, healthier and longer life We are not being given the truth about our health . . . We're told to avoid saturated fats, we're marketed health food that is laden with sugar and we're encouraged to pound out miles at the gym. However, our chances of getting obese are increasing - raising our risk of Type-2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and heart disease. Yet in the tiny Italian village of Pioppi, life is as simple as it is long and healthy. There is no gym, no supermarket, the food is delicious and they enjoy a glass of wine every evening. Now cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra - a world-leading obesity expert and Britain's number one anti-sugar campaigner - and acclaimed filmmaker Donal O'Neill combine the wisdom of this remarkably long lived population with decades of nutrition and medical research to cut through long-standing dietary myths and create this easy-to-follow lifestyle plan. This isn't a diet or lifestyle which requires saying 'no' to the things you love, or exercising for hours upon end. In just three weeks, The Pioppi Diet will help you make simple, achievable and long-lasting changes to how you eat, sleep and move - changes that all of us, no matter how busy we are, can make. 'This book has the power to make millions of people healthier and happier' Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester and Former Secretary of State for Health. 'Revolutionary' Richard Thompson, former physician to HRH Queen Elizabeth
Jenny Eclair'SO immersive, atmospheric and compelling' Marian Keyes 'Kept me glued to the page' Alex Marwood 'Achingly poignant . . . An absolutely brilliant read' Sunday Mirror _____________ Beginnings, middles and ends; Peggy, Serena, Natasha and Bel. This is the room that binds them, this is how consequences work . . . In deepest Cornwall, the mansion Kittiwake has seen many pass through its doors since it was bought by American heiress Peggy Carmichael seventy years ago. Over the decades, the keys have been handed down through the family, and now it belongs to Bel's adoptive brother, Lance. It's where he'll be celebrating his fiftieth birthday, and Bel is invited. But Bel barely feels like she's holding it together as it is, and in going back to Kittiwake, she will be returning to the place where it all began - where, following the death of a child, a sequence of events was set in motion, the consequences of which are still rippling down through the generations . . . From Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Eclair comes an utterly compelling new novel of family secrets that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. ______________ PRAISE FOR JENNY ECLAIR: 'Wonderfully written, insightful and riveting' Daily Mail 'Compelling, compassionate and keenly observed' Independent 'Edwina's story is both heart-rending and compelling' Clare Mackintosh 'I loved it SO MUCH' Marian Keyes 'Witty, moving, dark and absorbing' Jo Brand 'An elegant, gripping and mesmeric read' Helen Lederer 'An absolute page-turner of a story' Judy Finnigan
The Things We Left Unsaid
Emma KennedyRachel's relationship with her mother, Eleanor, has always been far from perfect. Eleanor is a renowned artist born from the swinging sixties, and Rachel has forever lived in the shadow of her success. When Rachel is left by her fiancé on the morning of their wedding she has no choice but to move back into her family home and spend an unbearably hot summer with a mother she feels distant from - in the presence of many painful memories. It will take another turn of events before Rachel realises that sometimes the past holds exactly the comfort we need. And that behind the words left unsaid are untold stories that have the power to define us. Imbued with warmth and full of characters who will steal your heart, THE THINGS WE LEFT UNSAID is a radiant novel in which past and present collide with life-affirming consequences.