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    The Mingle
    by SJV
    2018/10/26  |  Features  |  

    For many of us, The Mingle is an integral part of our lives. It starts young. From even before the first day at nursery or school. The urgency to ‘go play’, make friends, find your tribe. Anxious parents pray for a full turn-out for that first, crucial, birthday tea. Validation …

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    by SJV
    2018/10/22  |  Features  |  

    The people (all 15 of you) have spoken!  Welcome to #BFQOTY2018.  This will be the fifth year we’ve run a (variation) of the ‘Big Fat Quiz of the Year’ – and I hope you’ll agree this year’s the easiest yet! It’s a pretty straightforward proposition.  Bunch of questions below, that …

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    Christmas 2018!
    by Heidi Swain
    2018/10/08  |  Features  |  

    I know I say it, and do it, every December, but this year I really am going all out for Christmas and with good reason. My darling daughter will be coming back to Norfolk after her first term at university and I’m determined to greet her with Christmas in abundance! …

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    by Jane Costello
    2018/10/08  |  Features  |  

    I was sitting in the pew at a friend’s wedding when the idea first popped into my head. I didn’t know it at the time, but that single thought – why hasn’t anyone written a book called ‘Bridesmaids’? – would go on to change my life. I envisaged a story …

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    Juice detox!
    by Santa Montefiore
    2018/10/08  |  Features  |  

    It seems to be the thing now, the detox. I often read that the body detoxes by itself and that we don’t need to starve ourselves, or flush out our bowels, or drink special cleansing potions, but even if that’s true, there’s still something very satisfying about giving the body …

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    The Mother of all Christmases
    by Milly Johnson
    2018/10/08  |  Features  |  

    Eighteen years ago I wrote a book called The Yorkshire Pudding Club, based on my pregnancy diaries.  It was the book that gave me my first publishing deal and, in the words of my mother, the best thing I’ve ever written.  Cheers mum.  But I get what she means, because …

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    The easiest recipe for Cinnamon Swirls you will EVER find!
    by SJV
    2018/09/25  |  Features  |  

    I’ll admit it.  I’ve NEVER made a pastry that works.  Too crumbly.  Too wet.  Too hard.  Too sweet.  Too salty.  I’ve tried them all, and NONE is a patch on the pastry my Mum used to make for her homemade mince pies and jammy plates every year.  But you know …

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    by SJV
    2018/09/12  |  Features  |  

    In the 52 days since I spoke to my sister for, what turned out to be, the very last time, I’ve had my beanstalk training and picked up my first ever pair of prescription sunglasses that, in hindsight, are less Jackie O and more Jackie Stallone. In the 47 days …

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    Yorkshire Puddings… fail-safe recipe!
    by SJV
    2018/09/06  |  Features  |  

    Yes, we know that the Aunt Bessie brand is simple and quick and pretty much guaranteed to be scoffed in an instant – but, BUT, there is something hugely satisfying in actually making your own Yorkshire puddings – and it’s actually surprisingly easy. So, to celebrate the publication of the …

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    #bookclub Feature – My Perfect Christmas…
    by SJV
    2018/08/31  |  Features  |  

    On 4th October we are publishing a brand new Paige Toon book #OnePerfectChristmas, a heart-warming and heartbreaking collection of short stories, containing EXCLUSIVE material published in print for the very first time and BRAND NEW content!  So as a special feature, I asked all our #BookClub members to tell us about …