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CHRISTMAS CRANBERRY CORDIAL

You can, of course, buy cranberry juice everywhere, but this has a much more intense flavour and a vivid scarlet colour that will make you feel fabulously festive. You can save the strained-off fruit and use it as a topping for muesli, stir it into porridge or add it to a fruit loaf or teabread. […]

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PRITCH’S CHRISTMAS PUD

This is a mongrel of a recipe, tweaked over the years by new ideas, missing items, gathered suggestions and a need to use up what was in the cupboard. The large mix of dried fruits could be simplified, as long as it all adds up to the same weight. The sultanas and the candied peel […]

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All I want for Christmas is… we hear from Graham Norton, Cate Woods, Jo Thomas and Olivia Beirne about which books are on the top of their wish list

Can you believe that it is Christmas Day TOMORROW?! In the final blog as part of our Bookends Christmas author series, we asked Graham Norton, Cate Woods, Jo Thomas and Olivia Beirne, which books would you most like to find under the tree on Christmas morning? Graham Norton, author of A Keeper I still haven’t got […]

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My Christmas – by Emily Gunnis, author of The Girl in The Letter

As I write this, I’m at a farm in Sussex with my girls, unable to feel my fingers, while they play and I frantically try and finish my second novel!  Looking back, it’s been an crazy, incredible year and one for which I am very very grateful.  Never in my wildest dreams did I believe The […]

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EIGHT TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR TIME

‘I’m crazy busy’ seems to be the modern catch cry. Try these simple strategies to manage your time. There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity, but the good news is that you have plenty of power of over how you conceive it and parcel it out. 1. Use the 4 Ds: […]

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We ask Olivia Beirne, Cate Woods, Holly Bourne and Erin Kelly, who is the hardest person to buy for on your Christmas gift list?

Stuck on what to get that one last person on your gifting list? Next up in our Bookends Christmas author series, we ask some of our lovely authors who is the most difficult person to buy for on their own Christmas gifting lists, and their advice on how to get around it! Olivia Beirne, author […]

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Jo Thomas, Karen Cole, Cate Woods and Joanna Nell grant their characters’ Christmas wishes!

We’ve all got those pesky hard-to-buy-for people on our Christmas lists, but it turns out the best people to buy for are fictional! In this latest blog post four of our fabulous authors positively spoil their characters with presents… Jo Thomas, author of A Winter Beneath the Stars I’d buy Halley, from A Winter Beneath the […]

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Christmas countdown by Gizzi Erskine

I’m not going to pretend that organization is my strong suit, BUT avoiding stress is the key to enjoying the festive period – the idea is to have a good time, not a nervous breakdown. Recipes for my Christmas puddings, mincemeat, chutneys and Christmas cake will improve greatly with a bit of maturing time, so […]

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Christmas turkey pie with all the trimmings

The beloved Christmas lunch shouldn’t be exclusive to 25 December. Now you can indulge at any time of year! Chestnuts, turkey, bacon and sausage meat are encased in a gorgeous golden parcel, which can be eaten hot, warm or cold, and very easy to prepare ahead.   Serves 10 A little plain flour, for dusting […]

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WIN A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND BOOK BUNDLE

For your chance to WIN all four Department Store for the Mind books: Walking in the Rain, Washing Up is Good For You, As You Are and Four-Legged Therapy, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk  with ‘NOURISH & INSPIRE’ before midnight on Sunday 9th December and we will randomly select a winner. Please click here for full T&Cs.

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Driving Home for Christmas

It’s finally December, so let’s crack out the Christmas tunes, festive baking and wintery reads! In memory of one of our beloved and dearly missed authors, Emma Hannigan, Bookends HQ thought it was only best to honour her memory by celebrating all-things-Christmas with Emma.   Why not try Emma’s delicious Christmas biscuits? “These divine shortbread […]

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TOP Christmas Gift Books for 2018

Are you still stumped on what to get your friends and family for Christmas? Look no further, as here at Team Bookends, we have curated a list of the best book gifts you could give! From stocking fillers to a treat for yourself in the New Year, Bookends is here to save the day.   […]

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