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Foyle's Philavery: A Treasury of Unusual Words by Christopher Foyle
Philavery, noun: a collection of unusual words chosen for their aesthetic appeal. And that's exactly what you get with this book. It's a collection of unexpected and little known words that will please and delight you, the ideal gift for people who used to like 'Call my Bluff' or the outrageous definitions of 'Meaning of Liff'. Scrabble fans will especially find lots to salivate over!

Aside from the fascinating content, it's also a beautifully produced book with a lovely William Morris-esque front and decent quality paper within the covers (increasingly a rarity these days). My only tiny quibble is that some of the words it lists are a little quotidian.

Overall - it… Read more
Delia's Vegetarian Collection by Delia Smith
I'm not a vegetarian myself though I often find I have friends coming over for food who are. Fed up with having to go through other cookbooks I thought I'd invest in a vegetarian one - and who better than Delia.

If you've got some of her other cookbooks you might recognise a few of the recipes, apart from that it's packed full of delicious and easy to cook dishes. Most fall into what I'd describe as every day food though there's also a chapter for special occasions and parties, as well as a dessert and baking section. As you'd expect with Delia all the recipes taste great and are very clear and easy to follow.

Overall - a perfect one-volume vegetarian cookbook with… Read more
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'll lay out my stall straight away: I think Sarah Waters is one of our best living writers and I've enjoyed every one of her books. 'The Little Stranger's is her first venture into the ghost story, though it's a muted, subtle ghost story with none of the gothic horror of, say, 'The Woman in Black'.

Its subtlety also means there's plenty of scope for character development and, as with Sarah's other novels, it's the characters that make the book as the central theme of social upheaval and change in the post-war years is explored. What impressed me the most was Faraday's voice: it perfectly captures a slightly chip-on-the-shoulder, aging heterosexual male, an amazing achievement… Read more

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