Published in association with The Scout Association, this fantastic annual is full of activities, information, outdoor adventures, jokes and puzzles. Learn how to cook on a campfire, identify clouds, pond dip, do origami, put on a show, grow vegetables, try different sports, do magic tricks and find out what Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been up to in the past twelve months. Published by Macmillan, August 2012.
Inspired by the wonderful creations from The Great British Bake Off ‘Showstopper Challenge’, this book includes over 100 recipes for large and small cakes, biscuits and cookies, sweet and savoury pastry, puddings, breads and patisserie. There are contributions from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and from the contestants featured on the show. Published by BBC Books, July 2012.
Featuring over 80 delicious recipes and drawing on the extensive know-how of The Scout Association, this inspirational cookbook takes the art of eating outdoors to a whole new level and is perfect for beginners to al fresco cooking as well as seasoned campers. Published by Simon and Schuster, June 2012.
A revealing and hilarious insight into life on tour with the Barmy Army, England's largest and best-known supporters' organization, during the 2010 Ashes series in Australia. Featuring the songs, the characters, the memorable incidents both on and off the pitch, it will bring back a flood of memories for those who were there, and show anyone who wasn't what they missed. Published by Simon and Schuster, November 2011.
Chetna Makan is known for her unique recipes, which introduce colourful spices, aromatic herbs and other Indian ingredients into traditional Western bakes. Whether it's a sponge cake with a cardamom and coffee filling; puff pastry bites filled with fenugreek paneer; a swirly bread rolled with citrusy coriander, mint and green mango chutney; or a steamed strawberry pudding flavoured with cinnamon, Chetna's Indian influences will transform your baking from the familiar to the exotic, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Published by Mitchell Beazley, May 2016.
A popular finalist in the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, Lauren Guthrie wants to show anyone who has been bitten by the sewing bug how beautiful clothes and useful items for your home are only a stitch away. With full-size patterns and step-by-step guidance on making everything from simple tops and bags to blinds and cushions, the book provides a complete course for the home sewer. Published by Mitchell Beazley, August 2014.
COMPERED BY RUFUS HOUND
The heckler put-down is an essential part of every comedian's repertoire, whether they are sharp enough to fire them off on the spot or they have a battery of tried-and-tested insults to suit every occasion. In this book well-known stand-up and compère Rufus Hound has compiled 200 of the funniest comebacks, together with a host of hilarious heckling anecdotes. Published by Transworld, October 2011.
CAPTAIN GEORGE MAINWARING
A facsimile of a Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Training Manual, as used by Dad's Army. Written by Capt Mainwaring and members of his platoon, it explains the many and varied arts of civil defence, from erecting roadblocks to setting ambushes, from making booby-traps to mounting attacks. Although aged and covered with stains, boot prints and unhelpful comments by a certain Private Pike, this was an invaluable aid to the Home Guard's preparations for the coming invasion. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, October 2011.
Imagine a House of Commons with the cameras switched off, the press and public excluded, but with the bar still open. What sort of vile abuse might the Hon. Members hurl at each other? In these unofficial transcripts of Parliamentary Proceedings, The Thick of It writer Ian Martin documents the sweary debates of the Coalition Government’s first year in power. Published by Faber, September 2011.
The third in the bestselling series of tie-ins to BBC2's The Great British Sewing Bee. With 30 garments to make at home, including the 1950s Walkaway Dress and lots more projects from the series, you can take on many of the same challenges as the contestants. Accompanying the projects are plenty of hints and tips from the Judges and five full-size pattern sheets for making all the garments featured. Published by Quadrille, February 2015.
A fantastic annual packed full of activities, information, outdoor adventures, jokes and puzzles. Compiled by the Scout Association, with an introduction by Bear Grylls, it will show you how to build an emergency shelter, navigate by the stars, spot which animals live in your garden, cook on a campfire, catch a fish without using a rod and much, much more. Published by Macmillan Children's Books, September 2011.
Featuring the best of the contestant's recipes from the 2011 series, Paul and Mary's technical challenges and many other brilliant bakes this book is a must for fans of The Great British Bake Off. It also contains a code providing access to a unique digital booklet of 13 exclusive recipes from the finalists and the winner. Published by BBC Books, August 2011.
Based on the popular proposition bets from the hit BBC 3 series The Real Hustle, this book contains 45 ways of tricking your friends into buying you a drink. Published by Headline, November 2010.
With his trademark Fairisle jumpers and eccentric showstoppers, 2012’s Great British Bake Off finalist James Morton won viewers’ hearts if not the trophy. In this book he completely demystifies the often daunting subject of bread making, with numerous step-by-step techniques and recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Published by Ebury, August 2013.
ARMANDO IANNUCCI ET AL
The Missing DoSAC Files is a highly confidential Government dossier. A collection of papers, emails and articles belonging to Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, it has been found on a train and sold for publication to Faber & Faber. Fans of The Thick Of It will love it.
This book is a no holds barred look at the people who risk their lives to serve and protect, in the front line of a war against drugs, gangs, gun crime, violence and smuggling. Vinnie Jones's Toughest Cops brings together stories from the two ITV4 series of the same name in a fascinating, thrilling and often shocking read – in which we meet and get under the skin of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serve and protect in ten of the most dangerous beats in the world. Published by Harper Collins, February 2010.
Following the success of their first recipe collection, Clandestine Cake Club founder Lynn Hill and her army of Cake Club members have compiled 100 gorgeous recipes to get you celebrating throughout the year. Arranged month by month, you'll find cakes to suit all the biggest dates in the calendar – such as Christmas, Mother's Day, Easter and Halloween – plus countless other occasions from religious festivals to major sporting events and the birthdays of iconic figures. Published by Quercus, September 2015.
This revealing autobiography of Zippy, Bungle and George, showed us that behind the scenes at this children’s classic, all was not quite as it seemed. Published by Headline in October 2009.
The Wit & Wisdom of Gene Hunt is the third book inspired by the character of DCI Gene Hunt from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Written by DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, it was published by Transworld in October 2009.
Linda Collister and Sheila Keating
Featuring judges' recipes from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and bakers' recipes from the Class of 2015, this is a beautiful book for home bakers inspired to celebrate with their own signature bakes. With recipes for every occasion big and small, from birthdays and Christmas to Halloween and Diwali, this book will enable you to celebrate at home in true Bake Off style. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, July 2015.
Britain’s Got Talent 2009 featured the series most memorable performance ever by the competition’s runner up, Susan Boyle. Published by Pedigree, the annual featured Susan along with the other competition finalists and the series winners, Diversity.
Christmas is a time of friends and family, of anticipation and excitement, of good times and great food. Featuring recipes from Bake Off judges Paul and Mary and from former contestants, this book contains 100 delicious recipes for the entire festive season, as well as the big day itself. From baked ham and venison pie to Christmas puddings and mince pies, it covers a multitude of bakes, traditional and modern, plus ideas for edible gifts and creative ways with leftovers. Published by BBC Books, October 2014.
RICHARD WILSON AND NIGEL RICHARDSON
Britain’s Best Drives is inspired by the 6-part travel series presented by Richard Wilson and produced by Twofour Broadcast for BBC4. Written by Richard and award-winning travel journalist Nigel Richardson, the book details Richard's journey back to the golden age of 1950s motoring in a variety of stylish vintage cars. Published by Headline, January 2009.
In this book Bake Off 2013 finalist and Guardian food columnist Ruby Tandoh extols the virtues of a simpler form of baking. Her recipes are not grand or highly decorated, but have their roots in the thrill of a new ingredient or the comfort of a familiar food. Beautifully written and covering every kind of bake, from cakes and breads to desserts and sweet dough, Crumb heralds the arrival of a major new food writer. Published by Chatto & Windus, September 2014.
The official tie-in to the BBC2 series, this book provides an irresistible collection of over 25 projects for garments and homewares, from a pencil skirt and unisex pyjama bottoms to a stylish tote bag and three different window dressings. All are complete with instructions and patterns, and there are numerous tips from the expert judges, May Martin and Patrick Grant. Published by Quadrille, March 2013.
Food writer and baker extraordinaire Mary-Anne Boermans has delved into the UK's fine baking history to rediscover the long-forgotten recipes of our past. Perfected over centuries and lovingly adapted by Mary-Anne for use in modern kitchens, they include such tempting delights as Welsh honey cake, lace meringues, rich orange tart, butter buns, pearl biscuits and chocolate meringue pie. She also reveals the fascinating stories behind the bakes. Published by Square Peg, November 2013.
‘I was standing in the park today wondering, why does a Frisbee appear larger the closer it gets? And then it hit me.’ Stewart Francis is the king of the one-liner, the brilliantly crafted, often punning gag delivered in his trademark deadpan style. Here are 500 of his funniest gags plus his hilarious cartoons and more. Published by Headline, October 2013.
This book gives fans of The Great British Bake Off a chance to relive some of the most memorable moments, catch-up with all the winners and peek behind the tent flaps to find out the secrets of their favourite show. Packed with baking trivia, quizzes, and games, it's a feast of bake-related confections that's guaranteed to satisfy the appetite of armchair bakers and cake-making addicts everywhere. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, October 2015.
First published in 1914, this fascinating and charming teaching manual used by Scout leaders is an authentic dangerous book for boys. It takes us back to a time before TV and computers, when children were encouraged to be active, get outside and learn all manner of skills to earn their badges, from folk dancing to Graeco-Roman wrestling, from shoeing a horse to building a radio. Published by Michael O’Mara, October 2013.
In this book the award-winning author of Brilliant Bread shows us how baking works and how easy it can be. Whether you want light cakes, squidgy brownies, perfect pastry, stress-free macarons or mountainous meringues, the book features a mini-masterclass for each one. Everything is split up into small, simple steps. There's no faff and you don't need any expensive equipment; you don't even need a sieve. And for baking veterans, the book explains why you’ve been doing what you’ve been doing all these years. Published by Ebury, March 2015.
Make the most of every day to do something fun, memorable and exciting! This fantastic annual is packed with ideas on camping, cooking, outdoor games, pond dipping, fun facts, puzzles, activities and things to make and do. Published by Macmillan, August 2013.
When she appeared on The Great British Sewing Bee, Chinelo Bally wowed the judges by creating stylish, fitted garments using a freehand cutting method taught to her by an aunt. Now Chinelo lets us into the secret of how she does it. Using a series of basic garment blocks, she shows how this innovative technique can be used to create a wardrobe of fashionable clothes that will fit every shape and size – with no patterns required. Published by Pavilion Books, November 2015.
This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, a traybake for a kid’s birthday or a pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings and desserts. Published by BBC Books, August 2013.
Do you know the right way to hold an eel, wield an axe or string a hammock? Do you have the skills to survive in the wild, predict the weather or shine at a party? Drawing on the wit and wisdom of Scouts down the ages, this book is a fascinating treasure trove of ideas and practical know-how, guaranteed to give you a smoother journey through life. Published by Simon and Schuster, May 2013.
Winner of the 2012 Great British Bake Off, John Whaite believes that baking provides nourishment for both the body and the soul. In this book he shares 120 mouthwatering creations to suit every mood, from comforting dishes like his Self-Saucing Chocolate Mud Pud, to romantic recipes for sharing such as Pizza Puttanesca and Passionfruit Tart. Published by Headline, April 2013.
Across the UK and beyond, thousands of home bakers have been meeting covertly in hidden locations with the same simple mission: bake, eat and gossip about cake. These are the members of the phenomenally popular Clandestine Cake Club – and now, for the first time, they share their baking secrets with you. The rules are quite clear: no cupcakes, muffins, brownies, pies or tarts. It's all about cake! With over 100 recipes based around creative themes, here are some of the most inventive baked delights you'll ever eat. Published by Quercus, February 2013.
Arranged into a helpful question and answer format and beautifully illustrated throughout, this book is packed with practical advice to help you improve your baking. It explains the chemistry crucial to creating winning cakes, biscuits, pastry, bread and baked desserts, and features a range of classic recipes to demonstrate essential techniques. Published by BBC Books, February 2013.
From the classic ‘Ball and Chain’ to the more recent ‘Swann Will Tear You Apart’, here are the best and funniest songs created by the Barmy Army in their 20 years of supporting the England Cricket Team. Featuring interviews with the Barmy Army’s leading songwriters, the book also reveals the stories behind each lyric, how the players responded to hearing their names being sung, and the secrets of what makes for a truly great chant. Published by Simon and Schuster, November 2012.
The X Factor annual is the only official publishing connected with ITV series. Published by Pedigree in October 2009 it features the finalists from the last series and is the first book in a three year relationship with producers, Fremantle.
In this book Louise Harris, the owner of the fashionable Diva Dogs boutique, shares her expertise on pampering your pooch, covering everything from chic canine couture and accessories to groovy grooming styles and products, to advice on diet and exercise. Published by Simon and Schuster, September 2012.
Conceived by Metrostar, this unique and remarkable work is an exact reproduction of a fictional scrapbook compiled by Dr John H. Watson, containing notes, letters, sketches, newspaper articles and other items from the cases investigated by Sherlock Holmes. ‘Case Notes’ is officially endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate and will be published by Carlton Books in 2009, the 150th anniversary of Conan Doyle’s birth.
MARTIN CHIFFERS AND EMMA MARSDEN
Learn the tips and tricks of Britain's greatest pastry chefs with the book of the spectacular BBC series, from the producers of The Great British Bake Off. With patisserie skills broken down to their simplest elements, you will soon be familiar with the ingredients and techniques behind the showstopping creations you see on-screen. From croissants to eye-catching petit gateaux, each recipe is illustrated with stunning photographs. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, March 2016.
Kate and Emily have been described as ‘The Trinny and Susannah of single parenting’. Their straight-talking advice from their courses and their website, kateandemily.com has now been written down in the definitive guide to the subject. Kate & Emily’s Guide to Single Parenting was published by Hay House in May 2008.
In the hit Bravo series Real Football Factories International, made by Zig Zag Productions, Danny Dyer came face to face with the world’s toughest soccer hooligans who take guns, machetes and bombs to matches. Danny’s experiences of filming the series have been turned into this dramatic book, published by John Blake in January 2008.
‘Written by’ DCI Gene Hunt of the hit series Life on Mars, The Rules of Modern Policing is a hilarious spoof police handbook covering everything the ‘70s copper needs to know, from planting evidence to crashing in to cardboard boxes. Designed as an authentic facsimile edition – complete with blood and coffee stains. Published by Transworld.
Whether you want to make a quick batch of easy biscuits at the very last minute or spend time creating a breathtaking showstopper, this book features 120 recipes and easy-to-follow techniques for every kind of baker. It includes the best of the contestants’ recipes from the 2014 series plus Mary and Paul’s technical challenges. Published by BBC Books, August 2014.
The craft beer revolution is upon us. All over the world we're enjoying bottles of American craft, old Belgian, real British ale and exquisite German lager, and you can make it all for yourself. You don't need to go out and buy loads of kit. With a plastic bucket or two, you can make beer as good as any in the world and customise it to your own tastes. Featuring clear instructions, reliable recipes and plenty of inspiration and encouragement from award-winning author James Morton, this book gives you everything you need to start brewing your own. Published by Quadrille, May 2016.
‘Life on Mars’ was one of the most original shows in TV history, a cop – drama – cum – psychological thriller set against a backdrop of 1970s morals, motors and menswear. With extensive interviews with the writers, cast and crew, the two volumes of Life on Mars: The Official Companion, published by Simon & Schuster, tell the full story behind the making of the series.
Inspired by Hat Trick’s award-winning chat show ‘The Kumars at No. 42’, ‘Help Yourself with The Kumars’ is full of useful advice on life and relationships from Wembley’s most famous indian family. Based on an idea by Metrostar’s Claire Potter, it was written by Sanjeev Bhaskar and Suk Pannu, and published by Orion.
Kudos Film and Television’s award-winning spy drama, ‘Spooks’, had a reputation for developing plots which closely mimicked real-life events – before they occurred! The Behind the Scenes Guide, from Orion, gave fans a unique insight into the making of this fascinating show, featuring contributions from the writers, cast and producers.
Living TV’s cult ghost hunting show, Most haunted, is one of the most popular and most parodied shows on television. Featuring contributions from presenter Yvette Fielding and psychic medium Derek Acorah, the ‘Behind the Scenes’ guide published by Penguin, sold over 50,000 copies and was serialised in The Sun.
Written by Linda Collister and Sheila Keating, ‘The Great British Book of Baking’ is inspired by BBC Two’s cookery talent contest, The Great British Bake Off. It contains 120 recipes for breads, cakes, biscuits and treats from every region of the United Kingdom and was published by Penguin in August 2010.
Former schoolteacher and 2013 Great British Bake Off contestant Glenn Cosby combines his passions for food and education in this fully illustrated primary school textbook for 6–7 year-olds (Key Stage 1). Children can read about his trips to different countries, find out what food he ate and try out some of his recipes. The book is part of the highly regarded Oxford Reading Tree inFact non-fiction series, which aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. Published by Oxford University Press, September 2014.
From the team behind The Great British Bake Off, here is a guide to baking that can be used by complete beginners, young or old. Using simple language it explains baking techniques such as how to beat, fold or cream, and special ingredients, like strong bread flour. The book includes 80 easy recipes for every occasion. Published by BBC Books, October 2012.
The official tie-in to the second series of the hit BBC2 show, this handsome book shows how to make 25 stunning wardrobe essentials, from a pencil skirt to an easy T-shirt to a wrap dress. Including all of the best projects from the series plus full-sized pattern sheets and tips from judges May and Patrick, this is an essential book for Sewing Bee fans. Published by Quadrille, February 2014.
In this beautiful and useful book John shares the recipes he saves for his nearest and dearest: the lunches, brunches and afternoon teas he whips up when his parents come to visit, the indulgent sweet bakes and pizzas he has waiting when his friends come to stay, and the picnics and special occasion cakes he prepares for his nieces and nephews. Whether you want a birthday cake to impress or a comfort food feast for the whole family, this is the book for you. Published by Headline, March 2014.
BATTERSEA DOGS & CATS HOME WITH JUSTINE HANKINS
Drawing on the expertise of the world's most famous dogs and cats home, this crucial compendium educates and entertains with facts about everything from wolf ancestry and dog physiology to canine reindeer herders and magicians. The clever dogs, the cute dogs, the bizarre dogs and the devoted, hard-working dogs are all put under scrutiny, giving us even more reasons to utterly adore our canine companions. Published by Headline, October 2015.
The Great British Bake Off: Bake it Better books take you on an exciting and informative journey from first-timer to star baker with a range of delicious recipes that become progressively more challenging as you work your way through the chapters. Each book includes both classic and modern bakes, plus expert tips on ingredients, equipment and techniques, as well as helpful step-by-step photographs. This title teaches you everything you need to know about baking with delicious chocolate. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, March 2016.
The Great British Bake Off: Bake it Better books take you on an exciting and informative journey from first-timer to star baker with a range of delicious recipes that become progressively more challenging as you work your way through the chapters. Each book includes both classic and modern bakes, plus expert tips on ingredients, equipment and techniques, as well as helpful step-by-step photographs. This title teaches you everything you need to know about baked puddings and desserts. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, March 2016.
The Great British Bake Off: Bake it Better books take you on an exciting and informative journey from first-timer to star baker with a range of delicious recipes that become progressively more challenging as you work your way through the chapters. Each book includes expert tips on ingredients, equipment and techniques, as well as helpful step-by-step photographs. This title teaches you everything you need to know about classic cakes. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, August 2015.
The Great British Bake Off: Bake it Better books take you on an exciting and informative journey from first-timer to star baker with a range of delicious recipes that become progressively more challenging as you work your way through the chapters. Each book includes expert tips on ingredients, equipment and techniques, as well as helpful step-by-step photographs. This title teaches you everything you need to know about biscuits. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, August 2015.
The Great British Bake Off: Bake it Better books take you on an exciting and informative journey from first-timer to star baker with a range of delicious recipes that become progressively more challenging as you work your way through the chapters. Each book includes expert tips on ingredients, equipment and techniques, as well as helpful step-by-step photographs. This title teaches you everything you need to know about breadmaking. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, August 2015.
The Great British Bake Off: Bake it Better books take you on an exciting and informative journey from first-timer to star baker with a range of delicious recipes that become progressively more challenging as you work your way through the chapters. Each book includes expert tips on ingredients, equipment and techniques, as well as helpful step-by-step photographs. This title teaches you everything you need to know about pies and tarts. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, August 2015.
The fourth in the bestselling series of tie-ins to BBC2's The Great British Sewing Bee, this book features 25 exciting dressmaking projects to make at home. Designed to help sewers at every stage of their creative journey, the projects range from simple garments suitable for beginners to more challenging projects using unusual fabrics and non-conventional techniques. There are plenty of hints and tips from Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young, and full-size patterns for all of the projects featured. Published by Quadrille, May 2016.