Broaden your horizons... From cup cakes to the cosmos, here are some charming stories and some truly inspiring writing to enjoy this month!
David Learner The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party Alexander McCall Smith Meanwhile, back in Botswana Mma Ramotswe is making her eighth cup of redbush tea for the day and starting to mull over the compensations of Mr McCall Smith’s bank account. Getting on? On the contrary, he’s index-linked. This is Mma’s twelfth outing with the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; may they continue for as long as the sun shines over the Tsolido Hills.
Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days Tarek Malouf The cupcake has grown like Rapunzel’s hair from the unassuming teatime snackette to the absolute must-have for a thousand celebrity weddings. Hummingbird’s new recipe book looks mouthwateringly at those special occasion days that deserve flower-infused, Earl Greylaced and even cocktail-soaked cup, layer and tray cakes. Maybe it’s what Marie Antoinette had in mind all the time.
Civilization Niall Ferguson How was it in the late Middle Ages that the great empires of the East started to be outshone by brighter stars in the West? Ferguson’s fascinating journey courses through six growth areas that saw science, consumerism, labour, democracy, medicine and the West’s competitive streak begin a domino effect that would simply outsmart the opposition. In a shrinking world though, what does tomorrow offer?
Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope Once again Trollope lays herself bare on the psychologist’s slab with an after-Aga saga of Rachel and the three sons she can’t let go. Watching them grow up has been easy – she’s always been there, always in control – but with the arrival of the daughters-in-law and their puzzling contemporary ways of looking at love she knows it won’t be long before it’s hairdryers at dawn. If you liked The Other Family, read on.
March Bad Ideas? Robert Winston If we’re so good at finding cures for some of the most terrible diseases to blight the planet how come we also invented the gun? The magnificent Robert Winston celebrates the inventions of man at his brightest and bloodiest and offers an optimistic and enthralling view of how we really could do better next time around.
KLmagazine March 2011
Wonders of the Universe Brian Cox The mockingly handsome Prof Cox is doing for astronomy what Michael Wood did for archaeology and the sales of skinny jeans. Look up into the night sky, he says, to comprehend the connection back to earth and how the links are forged between the two to touch and unite all of us. Compelling television, brilliant writing and a shining book.
One Day by David Nicholls is this month’s book group choice. Come along at 4pm, pour yourself a cup of tea and join in a lively and informal discussion about the book. New members always welcome. Highly acclaimed organic gardening experts Alan and Jackie Gear will be in store on the third day of spring to sign copies of their latest book Organic Vegetables & Fruit Growing & Preserving Month by Month. They’ll also be available to answer any of those niggling questions about slugs or sowing.
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Published on Mar 1, 2011