By Lalage Snow
A journey through the most unlikely of gardens: the oases of peace people create in the midst of warIn this millennium, we have become war weary. From Afghanistan to Iraq, from Ukraine to South Sudan and Syria, from Kashmir to the West Bank, conflict is as contagious and poisonous as Japanese knotweed. Living through it are people just like us with ordinary jobs, ordinary pressures and ordinary lives. Against a new landscape of horror and violence it is up to them to maintain a modicum of normality and colour. For some,gardening is the way to achieve this.Working in the world's most dangerous war zones, freelance war correspondent and photographer Lally Snow has often chanced across a very moving sight, a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit in adversity, a celebration of hope and beauty: a war garden. In Kabul, the royal gardens are tended by a centenarian gardener, though the king is long gone; in Camp Bastion, bored soldiers improvise tiny gardens to give themselves a moment's peace; on both sides of the dividing line in Jerusalem families tend groves of olives and raise beautiful plants from the unforgiving, disputed landscape; in Ukraine,families tend their gardens in the middle of a surreal, frozen war.War Gardens is a surprising, tragic and beautiful journey through the darkest places of the modern world, revealing the ways people make time and space for themselves and for nature even in the middle of destruction. Illustrated with Lally Snow's own award-winning photography, this is a book to treasure.
The World in Colour
By Amber Anderson
Make your own mindful journey as you travel the globe with Amber Anderson's beautifully hand-drawn World in Colour. Small enough to take with you wherever you go, you'll find a new illustration, each with an inspiring affirmation, for the World's most famous sights, from the Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower, taking in the leaning tower of Pisa, the Empire State Building and other wonders on the way. Colouring is a proven antidote to the stresses of modern life: satisfying and creative at the same time. Let your imagination travel the World with Amber's intricate, unique drawings to create your own oasis of calm in your busy day.
By Natalie Coleman
Natalie Coleman won MasterChef 2013 with a Scotch egg, and ever since she's been showcasing the same fresh, fun, down-to-earth cooking that made her a star. Now, she shows you how to do it too, guiding you through easy techniques and mouth-watering recipes that are the secret to her fantastic food. With chapters on grilling, baking and frying, as well as freezing, preserving, salt-baking and cooking in a bag, Natalie proves that great food is built on easy, reliable techniques that produce impressive, enviable results every time. Natalie's recipes include: Jerk Chicken; Homemade Salt Beef; Nan's Famous Corned Beef Pie; Confit Duck with Pomegranate Salad; Green Peppercorn Squid; Aubergine Bhajis; Salt-baked Pil Pil Prawns; Pimms Lollipops; Basil Ice Cream with Pink Peppercorn Strawberries; Orange Olive Oil Cake; and, of course, her trademark Scotch Eggs, including chorizo and mackerel variations.