Rick Stein’s new book will bring back holiday memories.
Available from the shop or at Hive.
Image via WikipediaIf I was to release a book that has been embargoed to one of my customers a few days early publishers tell me that I would have sanctions taken against me, not least non-supply of future releases prior to publication.
An employee at Amazon, working in Germany, has released 180 copies of the new fantasy novel by George RR Martin, A Dance with Dragons. The official release date is the 12 July, the thousand page novel has been six years in the writing and is subject to a strict embargo by its publisher. We haven’t seen our copies yet.
Martin has threatened to mount the head of the guilty employee on a spike. Will Amazon’s supply be cut off by his publishers? Of course not. Is bookselling a level playing field? You’ve got to be joking!
The play uses life-sized horse puppets to show how the animals were used in the First World War and is based on a book written by Michael Morpurgo. Amazingly the book was first published in 1982. I say amazingly, because we still sell at least a couple of copies a week nearly 30 years later in leafy Retford.
Morpurgo’s latest book, Shadow, about an Afghan boy who befriends a dog whilst fleeing the war, won the Red House Children’s Book Award (voted for by children) on Saturday. He has previously won the award for Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful, two more books which outsell anything in our children’s section, now that J. K. Rowling’s books are backlist.
His books are not easy, comfortable reads but are gritty, realistic and thought-provoking and children (and adults) love them.
Oh dear! The knives are out for Delia Smith in the press following comments she has made publicising her new book How to Cheat in Cooking. She is quoted as saying she does not “do organic” and that “cheaply-produced chickens were vital for poorer families who could not afford to buy free-range or organic produce”. In the Sunday Times Lydia Slater criticises Delia’s recipe for shepherd’s pie using tinned meat, ready diced vegetables and frozen potatoes. “Laden with plastic bags from different supermarkets, I staggered home. The shopping trip took an hour, assembling and cooking the ingredients, a further hour. The result was … okay.” She calculated the cost of the meal as just under £7, “I couldn’t help noticing that Tesco Finest shepherd’s pie would have set me back just £3.79” This seems to be somewhat at odds with Delia’s aim to provide nutritious meals at bargain prices.