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Today the family and I, with dog (Tag) in tow, visited the Baslow area to try out one of the walks in the Peak District, published by Jarrold.
Starting off from the car park adjacent to the Robin Hood Inn on the A619 we followed Birchen Edge to Nelson’s Monument and the Three Ships, dropped down to cross the A621 and then followed an ancient trail across Eaglestone Flat to Wellington’s Monument where we had a picnic lunch.
From there we walked to the old quarries at the end of Baslow Edge before dropping down to an old packhorse bridge to re-cross the A621. Following the path along Gardom’s Edge we eventually dropped back down to the Robin Hood for a well-earned drink.
The four-mile walk afforded some wonderful views towards Chatsworth thanks to near-perfect walking weather.
The book we used was the Peak District, part of the Jarrold Short Walks Series. (ISBN 9780711749948). The book gave very clear instructions and we didn’t get lost once!
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!
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.