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In Delia's How to Cook Bk 3, Delia Smith continues and completes her journey through the fundamentals of cooking, revising traditional areas that are all too often overlooked, as well as exploring more contemporary concerns for the modern cook. As ever, the principles remain the same - to rediscover the simple pleasure of food, to take beginners through many of the basic techniques, and to offer inspiration to even the most accomplished cook.
 

Pamela Stephenson,  Billy

Starting his professional life as a welder, the "Big Yin" Billy Connolly has proved his versatility and sheer determination by becoming one of Britain's best loved entertainment figures. Here, his wife Pamela gives the reader an insider's view of this talented musician, singer, TV presenter, comedian and actor.

Nigella Lawson,  Nigella Bites


Nigella Bites is still going strong after its publication in May 2001. With delicious, uncomplicated recipes for every occasion, this title is undoubtedly one of the best cookery books around.  A collection of uncomplicated, fresh recipes that are easy to make after a busy day at the office, fun to linger over at weekends or to make with the kids, dreamy to look at and delicious to eat.

Ali G,  Da Gospel According to Ali G


The book the whole of Staines has been waiting for - gansta rapper Ali G's guide to life. Comin' atcha!

Stephen E. Ambrose,  Band of Brothers

A description of life in the Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, US Army, from the time of their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory. Drawing on interviews, journals and letters, the author tells - often in their own words - the story of these American heroes.

John Simpson,  Mad World, My Masters Tales from a Traveller's Life


This volume of writing is a celebration of some of the world's wilder places that the author has been to on his travels. His experiences include stories about a television camera crew that killed people, and about how Colonel Gadhaffi farted his way through an interview.

Jamie Oliver,  Happy Days with the Naked Chef


Jamie is one of Britain's best-loved chefs who has made cooking interesting and accessible, not only for a new generation but for all those who love good food. He believes in getting the most out of ingredients and making tasty, easy, sociable food with the minimum of fuss. Like his first two books, Happy Days is filled with fantastic recipes for different occasions. Whether you want healthy food, portable grub, one-pot meals, ideas for cooking for two or with kids, or food that is 'cheap as chips', this book has it all. As well as Jamie's favourite recipes, he looks at 'fridge friends' (all the lovely snacky things that can be kept in the fridge) and a chapter is dedicated to 'foody prezzies' - perfect for Christmas and birthday surprises.

Dave Pelzer,  Lost Boy  A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

In this, the sequel to A Child Called 'It', the author describes his life in foster care. Dave moves through five different homes and describes his heart-rending encounters with other foster parents and children, some of whom resent his presence, some of whom help him.

Dave Pelzer,  A Child Called 'It'

This is the author's story of his childhood as a boy brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games - games that left one of her three sons nearly dead.

Bill Bryson,  Down Under


Bryson recounts his escapades in Australia, the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines.

George Best,  Blessed


Christened the fifth Beatle at his peak, George Best was the first pop star footballer and had teenage girls flocking to Old Trafford before David Beckham. This work reveals the truth about his struggles with women, money and of course, alcohol.

Robbie Williams,  Robbie Williams Somebody Someday


He's won more Brits than any other musician. This illustrated biography of Robbie Williams reveals the character behind the headlines, the genius behind the face, the lifestyle behind the closed doors from Robbie himself, and the people who know him best, such as friend and manager David Enthoven.

Pete McCarthy,  McCarthy's Bar  A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

This is a tale of Pete McCarthy's trip around Ireland. He discovers that it has changed in many ways. Obeying the rule to "never pass a pub with your name on it", McCarthy encounters English hippies, German musicians, married priests and many other oddities journeying up and down the land.

Guiness,  Guiness World Records 2002


The latest edition of this perennial favourite.

Anne Robinson,  Memoirs of an Unfit Mother


The extraordinary rollercoaster story of Anne Robinson's life, from alcoholism and a vicious custody battle for her young daughter - which haunts her to this day - to her triumphant fight back.

BBC,  The Blue Planet


Focusing on seven different habitats, The Blue Planet is a comprehensive guide to the world's oceans. It explores the hidden depths of the oceans to reveal many fascinating facts, which can be found in boxed text and feature spreads along with lots of full colour illustrations.

Stephen Hawking,  Universe in a Nutshell

Unravelling the latest amazing breakthroughs in theoretical physics, Stephen Hawking guides the reader through the evolution of Einsteinian physics to a universe of ten dimensions and a so-called theory of everything.

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