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Books To Look Out For In April

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April's new titles have changed a bit in the last week. First I picked my favourites out of the buyer's notes, then I put them all in the page and put their descriptions... but going back over them and reading a longer description I came to realise how truly misleading buyer's notes are! You only have one or two lines to go off so they should entice you and give you a good idea of what the book is... yes? No... I deleted about five titles and pondered a couple of others after realising that actually the two different descriptions did not lead me in the same direction at all.

So here, after much deliberation are my... oh lord, sorry... 23 picks for April!

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The Art Of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander 9781474903066
When Elsie is underwater the pain eases. Her twin brother disappeared five years ago and hasn't been seen since. Underwater Elsie has flashbacks to times when her family wasn't dissolving, flashbacks that might lead her to answers.

I'm not entirely su…

Whisper At Me

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A good app is hard to find, but they do pop up occasionally. Last month I came across Whisper and was reminded of a digital Post Secret. It describes itself quite simply.

"Ever wondered what the people around you are really thinking? Whisper is an online community where millions of people around the world share real thoughts, trade advice, and get the inside scoop."
As with all social media it is not always used as intended, and you'll always get the trolls of course. But there seem to be a lot of people on it who use it to anonymously air their pain and secrets. It's surprising how sharing your secret with someone you don't even know is liberating. If you told that secret to one new person every day, one day you'd be able to tell the person that matters.

I think freckles, stretch marks, tattoos, bruises, birthmarks, and scars are the coolest thing ever. You started with almost a blank canvas. Look at you now. All this evidence that you've lived.
I read that…

Food Of Love

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I love food. I love cooking. I love finding new recipes. I hate washing up. The eternal dilemma of the housework-shy, cook something fantastic or have someone else cook you something fantastic?

Of course, short of winning the lottery I'm not going to get to try eating in every restaurant I would like. Slowly but surely, I'm finding some great places for food, so I thought I'd share a few with you along with some of my favourite memories. So remember everyone... eat all the food!


Bills, lots of locations
These industrial country kitchen style restaurants make delicious food, I can highly recommend the halloumi burger (with chipotle mayo, not cumin yoghurt). But the main dishes aren't the reason this restaurant is making it onto the list... it's one dessert.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake with poppy seed meringue. Two of my favourite things in one. It comes served in what looks like a dainty glass with a mound of meringue on the top... it tastes heavenly and somehow it is …