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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Cora Seaborne, a keen naturalist newly widowed after a very unhappy marriage, seizes the opportunity to leave London for the peace and quiet of an East Anglian country town, where she learns of the...
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Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark

The last thing we all need is yet another cookbook; but on this occasion, it fills a distinct gap. That splendid invention, "The Instant Pot" has met its literary match, and for those lucky...
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The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the 20th Century by Philip...

There's a lot more to dandyism than the preenings of popinjays. As the man who started it all, Beau Brummell would be hard to beat, with his infamous two-hour toilette; and since the 1800s, he...
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Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively

The inimitable British novelist, Penelope Lively, is also a consummate gardener. In this delightful pastiche - a blend of history, memoir and horticultural musings - she describes the garden in Cairo where she grew...
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Clever Cat by Peter Collington

Appalled by having to wait for his every meal until the rest of his family is fed, our marmalade hero, Tibs, takes matters into his own paws by opening a tin of cat food...
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Scorn: the Wittiest & Wickedest Insults in Human History by Matthew Parris

Oh, joy! Oh, bliss! For the first time since 1994, "Scorn" has been fully updated. This classic of literary invective, which has never gone out of print, now reflects both current and vintage retorts,...
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Avedon: Something Personal by Norma Stevens and Steven Aronson

Norma Stevens was Richard Avedon's business partner for over thirty years. As such, she is uniquely qualified to write this handsome biography, which fills a considerable gap. Dense, detailed and fully seven hundred pages...
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The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont, illustrated by Raymond Briggs

Children love repetition, and this timeless classic fills the bill perfectly. Illustrated by the ineffable Raymond Briggs, of "Father Christmas" fame, this toddlers' tale concerns a large elephant and a small tyke long on...