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A Harry Potter classic, a collection of spooky stories

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

ROBYN WILDER’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… COLLECTED GHOST STORIES Before I had kids and moved out of London, what I'd like to do at Christmas-time is find the draughtiest, most Elizabethan-looking pub I could find and curl up in a corner of it with a book of MR James' ghost stories. In Victorian times, the reading of ghost stories was a Christmas Eve tradition -- and there are none scarier, nor more festive, than those of MR James. During his time as a Cambridge don, he would gather revellers by the fireside and recite tales of being pursued across a winter...

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ELAINE ROBB IS READING… ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILL

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

A gut-punching YA read that tackles consent, the audio book of Sherlock Holmes and the To All The Boys I've Loved Before trilog ELAINE ROBB IS READING… ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILL I have an eight-year-old daughter who’s already looking forward to secondary school because she’ll finally get a phone and ‘be able to do Instagram, Mum’. I also have two teenage nieces who are experiencing the bitchiness of how many likes your photos get. In short, I’ve been dreading the mix of social media and puberty, and Asking For It not only confirmed what I suspected but also...

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Roxane Gay: “I’m not an opinion vending machine”

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Yomi Adegoke talks to Roxane Gay about the importance of boundaries, the complexities of “body positivity” and what it’s like working with Channing Tatum. There is no medium through which Roxane Gay can't recount to an incredible story. A fiction author as a matter of first importance, she reveals to me she would "just compose fiction for an amazing remainder" in the event that she could. "True to life I compose in light of the fact that it turns out I have a skill for it," she says, with a shrug. In the course of recent years, Gay's "talent" for...

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When it comes to the food you fancy, Just Eat It

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Laura Thomas’s new book on how Intuitive Eating can help you “get your shit together around food” You know that conversation you’ve had with yourself in your head – the one that goes a bit like, “Well, if I have the bread then I can’t have the potatoes” or “If I eat the brownie then I’ll need to do a four-mile run tomorrow”? You devise elaborate mental equations to determine what, when and how much you are allowed to eat, based on what you’ve already eaten that day, how many “bad” foods you’ve had, if you’re planning on having a...

Business

How maternity leave messed with my mind

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Author Michelle Francis on how maternity-leave anxiety threatened to take the shine off her baby joy. When I was pregnant with my first child at work, there was talk of my maternity cover. Perfectly normal, perfectly standard practice. The person who was lined up to ‘take over’ (a deeply rankling phrase that was used frequently, as it sounded as if my replacement was planning a coup) was a delight. A friend! But still, I couldn’t help worrying about putting my trust in her. I needed to know she wouldn’t spoil the projects I’d set up, damage my reputation or restructure...

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story of a girl getting magical powers in 14th century Russia.

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

A philosophy book that will solve your midlife crisis, a heartwarming cookbook and the enchanting story of a girl getting magical powers in 14th century Russia. CAROLINE O’DONOGHUE IS READING (AND EATING)... MIDNIGHT CHICKEN & OTHER RECIPES WORTH LIVING FOR BY ELLA RISBRIDGER I'm fortunate enough to have an entirely biased opinion of Ella Risbridger's debut cookbook, Midnight Chicken, in that I've eaten almost every recipe in the book while sitting at her kitchen table. The experience of reading and cooking from Midnight Chicken is a tiny bite of what it's like to be Ella's friend: messy, joyful, and full...

Entertainment

If you’re not reading YA fiction, you’re missing a trick

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Modern YA fiction handles deftly and frankly some of the most difficult issues we encounter as human beings, says Emily Morris. She shares what she’s learned from some of her favourites. What's the best book you've read recently?” As an author, it's a question I get asked a lot. When I'm not writing, I'm incredibly lucky to be a school librarian. This means I get to explore stunning new writing for teenagers and it is why I often end up recommending YA (young adult) books to my friends, most of whom could not be classed as young adults. If you...

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6 simple ways to have a more eco-friendly Christmas

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

From DIY tree decorations to opting for reusable gift wrap, small changes should be part of your festive planning this year. Now we’re into December, even the Christmas refuseniks will have to get on board with decorating and present-buying. And, as we make our purchases, spurred on by the likes of Elton in the John Lewis advert, and that amazing little girl in the star costume, singing her heart out in Sainsbury’s offering, it’s easy to get caught up in a “‘tis the season to shop” mentality. That's further fuelled by the Instagram pack's tree-pic one-upmanship (the millennial version of...

Sports and Fitness

How to style your festive table on a budget

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

With two weeks to go until Christmas, we’ve called in the experts to help make sure your set-up looks the part. You’ll notice that at this time of year, there is an influx of Christmas-themed dinner paraphernalia in the shops. I don’t know about you, but I won’t get much use out of reindeer-adorned crockery in June. So, in the interest of buying consciously this year, if you do want to go big on your Christmas table, it makes more sense to buy pieces that will last all year round that you can style-up for Christmas, with a few inexpensive...

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The messy women's guide to game-changing wardrobe storage

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Get your clothes in order this January with these tips and tricks. I’ve got a lovely rocking chair in my bedroom. I was very smug when I bought it. It’s a gorgeous blue colour and is designed so that you can take it outside in summer to read your book, or in my case, about three different newspapers, of a sunny Sunday – I’m an old millennial, I still like to get my news the analogue way. Until very recently, I hadn’t sat on that lovely chair for about a year, which serves me right for being smug about it,...