Saturday, November 24, 2012

We Love This Book


The Happily Ever After author on writing for women and why men will never read women's books
"I think we live in a sexist world, and I don’t see it changing in the near future. And that’s depressing, but as long as women’s books are appreciated and respected by women and they’re given due space I don’t care. I think women are sometimes their own worst enemies as well, there’s just an overload of pink and high heels, and blokes don’t want to read that. What I find bizarre is how people like Maeve Binchy and Cecelia Ahern get called chick lit by journalists, when what they’re talking about is women’s fiction – they like to lump it all together and put it all in one pot."


Jamie's 15 minute vegetarian chilli with a crunchy tortilla and avocado salad
Chilli & rice
1 dried smoked chipotle or ancho chilli
½ a fresh red chilli
1 red onion
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
½ tsp cumin seeds
1–2 garlic cloves
1 big bunch of fresh coriander
olive oil
2 mixed-colour peppers
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
1 x 400g tin of black beans
700g passata
1x 250g pack of cooked mixed long grain and wild rice

Marshmallow Magic author Genevieve Taylor shares her super sweet recipe
Makes 36 large sqaures
1 quantity of classic marshmallow mixture, without the vanilla*
Zest of 2 large lemons
1 jar of lemon curd
6 meringue nests

You will also need
A 20cm square cake tin
Non-stick baking paper
Non-stick cooking spray or a little vegetable oil
2 tbsp icing sugar mixed with 2 tbsp cornflour


by Carol Anshaw

Carry the One tells the story of the lives of a group of people haunted by a tragic accident and the burdens it thrusts upon them. The novel begins innocuously with the wedding of Carmen and Matt in the summer of 1983, but Anshaw immediately begins to sow the seeds of dissension and turmoil. Carmen is pregnant and the marriage seems to be one of obligation. In the early hours of the morning, five of the guests drive away from the wedding. They hit and kill a ten-year-old girl, an event that will reverberate across the rest of their lives. Anshaw predominantly follows the lives of siblings Carmen, Alice and Nick through divorce, love, addiction, death and their ultimate search for forgiveness.

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