By Scroobius Pip
The Times Bestseller (Non-Fiction)Join Scroobius Pip as he gets to the bottom of what matters most in life: whether getting Russell Brand to expound on capitalism, Jon Ronson on the perils of social media, Simon Pegg on the power of satire, Killer Mike on race relations in the United States or Howard Marks on drugs and cancer, Pip elicits thought-provoking material by rummaging through the minds of some of the most interesting creatives of our time. Distraction Pieces features both curated highlights from the iTunes-chart-topping podcast - from Akala to Howard Marks via the likes of Adam Buxton, Romesh Ranganathan and Amanda Palmer - and exclusive new content, with chapters on politics, social media, music, comedy and more. Featuring illustrations by tattoo artist mr heggie, this is a must-have for fans of the Distraction Pieces podcast, and a must-read for anyone interested in the creative mind.
Speeches that Changed the World
Lady Penelope's Classic Cocktails
By Sarah Tomley
Whatever would we do without cocktails? Whether one is dying of boredom on a Sunday evening or racked with tension after a perilous mission, these little wonders hit the spot every time. Rather like those cheeky Tracy boys and their glorious Thunderbird machines.This priceless selection of drinks includes all my favourites, from the classic Cosmopolitan to Jeff Tracy's fabulous Tracy Island Iced Tea. Simply follow my tips for the final flourish in each case and you can be assured of impressing the highest of society with your savoir faire, even if you lack the services of a reliable man like Parker. It's so hard to find the staff nowadays.
By Kajsa Kinsella
You've watched every Scandi TV series going, you have Nordic light fittings, and you want Birgitte Nyborg as your Prime Minister. Yes it's fair to say there is a general love-in with everything related to the northern countries.Over the last decade, the Nordic nations have quietly and unassumingly come to hold us in their thrall; but what is it, exactly, that we covet about their culture?Nordicana celebrates the objects, aesthetics and traditions that have inspired our obsession, with a quick introduction to 100 icons of Scandi style and Nordic cool, accompanied by beautiful illustrations.Whether it is the inimitable Faroe Isles jumper, made famous by TV detective Sarah Lund; the unusual-tasting delicacy salted liquorice; the ubiquitous Swedish Dala horse; the concept of 'hygge' (a feeling evoked by being in candlelit warmth with friends during winter); Midsomer seasonal celebrations; practical but breathtakingly stylish interiors; or an enduring love of noir literature and dramas, you'll find the key to attaining the Nordic way of life in these pages.