Mother's Day Non-Fiction

  • FLWB
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    With its absolutely gorgeous jacket, The Flower Book celebrates all kinds of flowers and will help you (or whoever you gift it to) learn the art of floral design. It also has 30 inspiring arrangement ideas so that you can ensure the next batch of flowers you give are presented in style.

    Season by season, it provides stunning, in-depth profiles of 60 cut flowers which reveal everything you need to know about their colours, shapes, textures and fragrances.

    Celebrating the loveliest flowers for the home, bloom by bloom, this book covers the likes of orchids, sunflowers, lavender, roses and tulips in great detail.
  • MRJP
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    An Olympian who won the 10,000m at the European Championships (her first ever Gold!) in 2014 at the age of 40, Jo Pavey has quite the story to tell...

    On 10 May, 2015, Jo achieved the seemingly impossible by winning the 10,000m just eight months after giving birth and in 'a running vest older than most of the girls I was competing against'. In this inspiring autobiography, the athlete dubbed 'Supermum' reveals how she has managed to combine parental responsibilities and an elite sporting career with such success.

    From pushing a buggy on training runs to leaving the kids to build sandcastles in the long jump pit while she hits the track, there are so many situations that will feel familiar to any career parents who try to balance work and life. A positive and uplifting read, this is the story of a mum that runs and a runner that mums.
  • FLTN
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    This is a gorgeous gift book full of award-winning artist Hannah Dale's illustrations of adorable baby birds and animals.

    Quirky and full of character, it features everything from fluffy ducklings to fox cubs and every design is accompanied by insightful text about the animal's character.

    Anyone who loves wildlife will be delighted to receive this wonderful book.
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    As we all eagerly await the return of The Great British Bake Off, why not hone your baking skills with the help of 2015's hugely popular contestant, Martha Collison?

    Twist is a book that does what it says on the (baking) tin. It provides you with a host of fresh, creative and innovative ideas to reinvent your baking. Not only does Martha explain the secrets of sweet baking success - whether it's a cake, biscuit, dough or pastry - but she also reveals how to add delicious twists to traditional favourites. Who could resist a chocolate AND passionfruit layer cake?

    With its contemporary design that combines easy-to-follow instructions, cool illustrations and mouth-watering photography, Martha shows you how to make one of her Favourites and then provides recipes that adapt this into something truly show-stopping. e.g. a vanilla cake can easily be transformed into a pink grapefruit drizzle cake (or gin and tonic drizzle cake, if you prefer) and vanilla cupcakes can be made into lemon cheesecake cupcakes.
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    Learn how to make perfect pies and tremendous tarts with Bake it Better: Pies & Tarts, a brilliant baking book from the Great British Bake Off team.

    Whether you're just starting out baking and want some simple, easy recipes or are looking to become a master baker with plenty of strings to your bow, you'll find the 40 recipes in this book sensational and show-stopping!

    All tried and tested, you'll find traditional classics and recipes with a modern twist, many of which have photographs so you know exactly what you're aiming for. In fact, by following the recipes in this book, it could be you in the famous tent with Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue next year!
  • GHAW
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    It's always surprising just how many feelings and concepts that we British just don't have the words for. This gift book shows how other languages don't have this oversight.

    From the vague desire to be far away to that feeling of euphoria at the start of a love affair (forelsket - thanks, Norway), this book has words you can use in everyday life from other countries to sum up your thoughts.

    Part glossary, part amusing musings, with Andrew Taylor's The Greeks Had a Word For It, you'll never be lost for words again.
  • MBCL
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    No one knows good food better than Mary Berry and in her latest cookbook she reveals 120 brand new recipes that are sure to delight all your family, friends and guests.

    She offers advice that will help you feel more confident in the kitchen and even her most complex recipes will be manageable for even the most novice cook.

    She'll show you how to master the art of traditional French onion soup, roast the perfect loin of pork with apple sauce and (of course!) make incredibly tasty teatime treats including treacle tart and lemon meringue pie.
  • The Century Girls - Hardback - 9781471161322 - Tessa Dunlop
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    Six women who have lived the last hundred years of British history reveal how their lives have changed since the suffragettes won the right for women (over 30 and who met certain property qualifications) to vote in 1918.

    Hailing from locations spread across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Helena, Olive, Edna, Joyce, Ann and Phyllis - The Century Girls - explain what they saw, how they were treated, who they loved, what they did and where they are now. They look back at times as housewives and working and describe the surroundings they grew up in.

    This is a personal account of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in post-Great War Britain and what their day-to-day lives were like and how they changed throughout the following decades.
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    Talented knitting designer Jody Long will show you how to decorate your home with a range of contemporary knitted projects.

    This book starts with an introduction to basic techniques so that the first project will be a breeze and includes instructions for larger items including a tea cosy, table set, wall hangings, throws, rugs, baskets and cushions of varying shapes and sizes.

    There are contemporary and stylish projects that will add style to every room.
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    The Times has a history of receiving incredible letters and this book presents over 300 items of correspondence from the past century from politicians, literary figures and and celebrities.

    The letter section is a forum for debate, a playground for opinion-formers and a noticeboard for eccentrics. Over the years, the Times' letters section has provided a window on the nation's feelings about the events of the time and also covered more trivial events including how to make the perfect porridge.

    Well-informed, well-intentioned, witty, quirky and bizarre, among those you can read letters by are Margaret Thatcher, Benito Mussolini, Graham Greene and John Le Carre.
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    For 65 years, Radio 4's Brain of Britain has tested the wits of the nation and now you can work your way through 2,000 questions from the iconic show's archives.

    The questions in this book cover a wide range of general knowledge topics and are spread out across a hundred quizzes. It's perfect for gatherings and family get-togethers.

    There's also a fascinating history of the programme and the characters and stories that have made it so successful. It also includes a brief biography of the programme's German-born inventor and first question-setter, John P. Wynn.
  • Coconut Oil - Hardback - 9781845436797 - Laura Agar Wilson
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    Coconut oil is a genuine super oil and this unique book explores its various health-giving uses. A fully comprehensive guide to coconut oil and its benefits, it will appeal to existing devotees, new users and anyone interested in living a healthier life.

    Coconut oil can be used in everything from smoothies to face masks and cleaning products to health remedies. This book is full of tips, advice and easy-to-follow instructions for using the oil and you'll be delighted by the results. You can use it for everything from removing stains to sorting out a sore throat!

    Packed with stunning photos, this is an inspiring and comprehensive book that will show you how to use coconut oil in beauty, health, home and cooking (where it's a replacement for butter!).
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    Give your body a healthy boost with Rachel de Thample's Tonics & Teas: Traditional and Modern Remedies that Make You Feel Amazing.

    This tea-riffic book shows how what you drink can have huge benefits to your health and body. It combines ancient drinks and traditional remedies and even has tips on how you can build them into your busy lifestyle.

    Organised into three chapters, she covers tonics such as dairy keifr, beet kvass, nettle tonic and ginger shots; teas such as grasshopper tea, spice route tea, Armenian herbal tea and Afghan pin chai, plus delicious and beneficial drinks such as elderflower cordial, amazake and kombucha.
  • Classic Countryside Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910787496
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    This evocative collection celebrates the best of the British countryside. It includes two books from The Darling Buds of May creator H.E. Bates and an essay about the grand houses you'll find there from Vita Sackville West.

    Very nostalgic, English Country Houses is Sackville West's brief history that spans from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and the people who built and lived in these houses - from common squires to kings and queens.

    The Happy Countryman is Bates' celebration of country towns, spray-swept seaside promenades and strolls among sand dunes. Complete with illustrations of wood engravings by wildlife artist C.F. Tunnicliffe; In the Heart of the Country is presented in similar fashion and looks at how the countryside is affected by different seasons - from winter blizzards to the sweetness of spring and the colours of autumn.
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    This is the first ever biography of Joan Leigh Fermor - a social beauty, professional photographer and muse who made a huge cultural impact during the 1930s.

    Although her husband, the author and soldier Patrick Leigh Fermor, has been written about extensively, little is known about Joan. This book, written by acclaimed archivist Simon Fenwick, reveals her to be a woman who defied the social conventions of the times and how, despite her family's wealthy status, she managed to earn her own living.

    Joan met and mingled with some of the leading lights of 1930s bohemia including John Betjeman, Evelyn Waugh and Maurice Bowra and was a regular feature in gossip columns for her affairs, fashion and travels.

    This book covers her marriages and fall-outs and reveals her to be a highly intellectual and sexual woman who lived life to the full, no matter what the consequences.
  • GBVS
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    There will be tea, tents, terrifically good jam and plenty of well-mannered competition in this celebration of that most quintessentially British of all traditions - the village show.

    Published in conjunction with the RHS and with a foreword from Alan Titchmarsh, this DK book explains how judges reach their nail-biting decisions and all the official guidelines they have to follow for reviewing fruits, vegetables and flowers. There are also tips from experts on preparing show-quality preserves and bakes.

    Busting with awe-inspiring photography, this book is packed with staging tips, expert guides, photo diaries, and prize-winning recipes that provide a truly unique insider's look behind the scenes of your local village show.
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    A touching true story about the bond that developed between a girl with cerebral palsy and a donkey who was left for dead with seemingly little hope of recovery. After being found, Shocks was taken into care at the Donkey Sanctuary.

    Meanwhile, Amber and her twin sister were born prematurely at 26 weeks and Amber had to be rushed into theatre for an emergency tracheostomy. Her parents were then given the devastating news that she had cerebral palsy and it was unlikely that she'd be able to walk or talk.

    When Amber met Shocks at the Donkey Sanctuary, their lives were changed for the better. This heart-warming and poignant book reveals how their company and friendship helped each other on their respective roads to recovery.
  • MIER
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    Thomasina Miers, the founder of Wahaca and Guardian food writer, presents over 300 delicious, fuss-free recipes that she enjoys eating with her family in Home Cook.

    A stunningly presented book that has drawn praise from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Sara Cox and Claire Ptak from The Violet Bakery, it's bursting with mouth-watering meals and features simply sumptuous photography.

    Thomasina has gathered together the recipes that have meant the most to her over the years and they range from traditional family favourites to more exotic fare. From small bites to comfort food and recipes for date nights, you'll love cooking and eating these recipes just as much as she's enjoyed sharing them.
  • The Story of Beatrix Potter - Hardback - 9781909881808 - Sarah Gristwood
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    As well as being the creator of classic characters including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Squirrel Nutkin, Beatrix Potter lived an extraordinary life of her own.

    This biography from Sarah Gristwood unveils just how extraordinary Beatrix's life was. Describing her as a woman of contradictions (a sheltered Victorian daughter who grew into an astute modern businesswoman; a talented artist who became a scientific expert; a famous author who gave everything up to be a farmer...), this book follows the key turning points in Beatrix's life.

    From her brief first engagement to her happy second marriage and how she drew inspiration from her childhood pets and beloved locations in the Lake District, this book also explores Beatrix's last 30 years - when she abandoned books and worked as a farmer and conservationist, saving thousands of acres of the Lake District that still thrive today.
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    Danielle Holke's Knits & Pieces is a comprehensive, illustrated miscellany that looks over the origins of one of the world's most popular crafts - knitting.

    Anyone who loves this hobby will find the facts in this entertaining history fascinating. Danielle explains all of the useful, not-so-useful, historical and humorous elements of the craft. She reveals how knitting brings about optimism and even tells all about knitting graffiti and yarn-bombing.

    She also looks at the revival led by bloggers, podcasts, celebrities and social media and how there is now a truly international knitting community.
  • UCHQ
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    A bumper quiz book for fans of the popular BBC TV series, this baffling compendium of over 2,000 University Challenge questions will keep you on your toes as you pit your wits against the country's best and brightest.

    Including questions from all manner of subjects including literature, history, sport, politics, physics, chemistry, film and many more, this all-new collection of brainteasers will allow you to prove once and for all that you're a cut above the average undergraduate. And with its gold foil finish and hardback cover, it'll look great on any general knowledge whizz's bookshelf too.

    University Challenge has been a fixture of British television for 50 years - now it's time to put your 'fingers on buzzers'!
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    Swooping in after the success of Owls and Our Garden Birds, ornithologist and illustrator Matt Sewell now turns his attention to penguins and other sea birds.

    Matt's beautiful drawings are accompanied by profiles of each of these magnificent, feathered friends. From emperor penguins to guillemots and brown skuas to puffins, this is a lovely little guide for people who love birds and those who want to learn more about the birds who soar over (and on/in) the sea.
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    Feed the whole family with Davina McCall's favourite sugar-free recipes.

    This book is packed with tasty refined sugar-free recipes that can be made fast and with no fuss. Wonderfully healthy, these recipes also contain no tricky-to-find ingredients and are ideal for any busy parent.

    There are quick suppers, indulgent specials, guilt-free lunchbox fillers and brilliantly tasty cakes and they're all packed with smart carbs that will make the whole family stay healthy, look great and feel fuller for longer.
  • Happy Mum, Happy Baby - Hardback - 9781473651203 - Giovanna Fletcher
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    After being awarded the Celebrity Mum of the Year title, Giovanna Fletcher talks about what a positive and uplifting experience raising children is in Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

    Although she covers the physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by mothers, Giovanna focuses on the positives of family life and explains the lessons she has learned through her parenthood journey so far.

    Married to McFly's Tom Fletcher, Giovanna and her family are hugely popular and in this book she encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can inspire babies and children to also be happier.