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Spruce

The Little Book of Mumfulness

Sarah Ford
Authors:
Sarah Ford

You've run out of nappies, you also haven't eaten in well over twelve hours and your house is beginning to look like it has been burgled. If you're at the end of your tether and wondering if it's just you (it isn't), then you need The Little Book of Mumfulness. In The Little Book of Mumfulness, a non-expert mum takes you through the non-perfect guide to getting through motherhood without losing your mind from exhaustion. It includes advice on how to take time throughout the day to restore your equilibrium (like having a long, loud scream in a closet), how to shortcut child-related tasks (by avoiding them altogether) and how to let off steam through mumful exercises. It also includes the news that IT'S NOT JUST YOU who is struggling with the demands of being the 'perfect' mother, and if you need a long swig of prosecco (or any wine from the fridge, or the cupboard for that matter) at the end of a day of parenting, then that is more than a-ok. Most importantly, this book will will help you to remember that being a good mum is about finding your own mumfulness amongst the imperfect chaos.

Spruce

Be a Mermaid

Sarah Ford
Authors:
Sarah Ford
Spruce

Be a Llama

Sarah Ford
Authors:
Sarah Ford

Sweet natured, sociable, and blessed with great hair, Llama is taking on the world... she is doing it one step at a time and staying really, really chilled. Take a leaf out of Llama's book and seek out the calm amidst the chaos.From llama weddings to therapy llamas, these are the animals of tomorrow. Or the day after. No rush. Find your inner llama Zen with this little book of calm, illustrated with sweet pictures of little charmer Llama. Full of funny quotes to help you achieve total llama 'calma', this book is a wonderful gift for friends and family, as well as a great treat for you.

Spruce

Be a Flamingo

Sarah Ford
Authors:
Sarah Ford

Flamingo is that one friend who always brightens a room as soon as he walks in. He is always the first on the dancefloor and the very last to stop boogying. He has never tried to dress like a Parisian, never followed advice on what not to wear, and certainly has never tried to tone down his natural pinkness; he knows he is perfect just the way he is. And even when life throws Flamingo a curveball, he is always ready to embrace the unknown and jump straight in.A gorgeous little gift book of motivational sayings and hilarious axioms, Be a Flamingo is a perfect pink pick-me-up gift for a friend who needs a confidence boost, or great as an impulse self-purchase when you feel you need to start tooting your own horn a little louder. Because we could all do worse than taking a leaf out of Flamingo's book.

Hamlyn

Bugs, Slugs and Other Invaders

Sarah Ford
Authors:
Sarah Ford

Did you know that ants don' t like lemon, salt, vaseline or cinnamon? Or that fruit flies hate basil? Learn to welcome the good creepy crawlies and keep out the baddies with 50 organic, chemical and simply silly solutions.

Hamlyn

50 Ways to Kill a Slug

Sarah Ford
Authors:
Sarah Ford

Amber Jane Butchart

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian and authority on the history of style. She is an associate lecturer at London College of Fashion, a former research fellow at the University of the Arts London, and hosts a series of regular talks at the V&A Museum, covering topics as diverse as Shakespeare and David Bowie. Amber's work has led to her being featured on numerous television and radio programmes on the BBC, Sky Arts and Channel 4, as well as in a huge number of publications, including Vogue, Grazia, Glamour, the Guardian and The Times. She has spoken at events hosted by prestigious cultural organisations including the British Museum, Tate Britain, Royal Academy of Arts, the Design Museum and the British Film Institute. She is a regular on SHOWstudio fashion week panels. She was Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for cutting-edge international vintage clothing chain Beyond Retro, and has worked with top fashion brands such as Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, applying her historical knowledge to their public campaigns. She is the author of two previous books, Nautical Chic and Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany.

Cara Frost-Sharratt

Cara Frost-Sharratt is a freelance features writer and the author of Spruce's Beards: A Spotter's Guide and How to Get Rid of Things.

Francesca Protopapa

Based in Paris, France, Francesca Proptopapa is a professional graphic designer and illustrator whose work lends itself to the meticulous style of dot-to-dotting. She is influenced by a variety of interests such as painting, film, photography, fashion, entertainment and travel. Frequently featuring in exhibitions around France and Italy.

Genevieve Brading

Genevieve Brading is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss & Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.

Graeme Kent

Graeme Kent is the author of numerous novels, gift books, and radio and television scripts. His books include 50 Ways to say I Love You and 50 Ways to Say Happy Birthday.

Gwen Bailey

Gwen Bailey was the Head of Animal Behaviour for The Blue Cross, one of Britain's foremost animal welfare charities, for many years and also spent 15 years as Chairman of The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. As well as lecturing at national and international conferences, Gwen also runs training courses for staff at animal charities around the world and is the owner of The Puppy School, establishing a network of professional, well-trained tutors across the UK. She is the author of several dog-training titles including Puppy School, What is my Dog Thinking?, The Rescue Dog and Choosing the Right Dog for You, all published by Hamlyn.

Killian Fox

Killian Fox grew up in northwest Ireland and livesin London. He is the editor and co-founder of The Gannet, which acts as a conduit for his shameless nosiness about other people's eating habits. A regular contributor to the Observer Food Monthly, he has also written for the Guardian, The Times and the New Statesman, covering music, film, literature, travel and technology as well as food. He'd call himself an omnivore were it not for a lingering fear of boiled eggs.

Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya is the first contemporary artist to take LEGO into the art world. Painstakingly crafted, his work is both beautiful and playful, and elevates this ordinary toy to the status of fine art.His unique sculptures and renowned touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick, breaks attendance records globally. Nathan has received numerous awards recognizing his art and cultural achievements. In 2014, he founded The Art Revolution Foundation, for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and homes. He has spoken at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo! and the Clinton Library.

Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. A number of jobs followed before her interest in food as an amateur reached its apogee and she decided to retrain as a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London's Union Market before landing her dream job as a chef-de partie for Ottolenghi's. Olia's focus nowadays is mostly on her son, her writing, her food styling and the occasional foray into film and television.Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com, on Twitter @oliasgastronomy and on Instagram.com/oliahercules.

Peter Liem

Peter Liem is an American wine writer and the author of ChampagneGuide.net. Following nearly a decade in the wine trade, he was a senior editor, critic, and tasting director for Wine & Spirits, and his writings on sherry, Champagne, and other wines have appeared in publications such as The World of Fine Wine, The Art of Eating, Decanter and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Champagne.

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall is a prolific author who is well known for her warm, funny and heartfelt books of inspiration. She has also authored 1000 Reasons I Love You and 1000 Reasons You're the Perfect Dad.

Robert Allen

The late Robert Allen had a long-standing involvement with Buddhism, and especially Zen, which began when he was a teacher in Thailand. He was also a compiler of puzzle books for Mensa and other publishers, appeared on radio as a puzzle expert, was CEO of the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children and he also taught writing. Robert's previous books include The Ultimate Mental Challenge, How to Win Arguments, Zen Reflections, 365 Pep Talks from Buddha and 365 Smiles from Buddha.

Robyn Neild

Robyn Neild is a freelance illustrator. She has worked with fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Patrick Cox, and has contributed artwork to numerous magazines ranging from Vogue and Elle, to Harpers & Queen.

Stephen Beaumont

Stephen Beaumont is recognized internationally as one of the leading writers on beer in the world today. He is the author or co-author of ten additional books about beer, including The Beer & Food Companion, and two editions of The Pocket Beer Book, and a contributor to many others. Through his 26 years of covering the global beer scene, Stephen has written literally hundreds of articles and columns for publications as diverse as Whisky Advocate, Playboy and the Celebrator, and hosted tastings, dinners and educational events around the globe, from Mexico City to Burton-on-Trent and Philadelphia to Beijing. He may be found online at beaumontdrinks.com and on Twitter at @BeaumontDrinks. When not travelling, he lives with his wife in Toronto, Canada.