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Year of Wonder

Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea  where to begin? 

Year of Wonder is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts.

Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you’re from.

Listen to October’s playlist here:

www.applemusic.com/yearofwonder

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Clemency Burton-Hill

This Month's Picks

Thinking Out Loud

‘Nothing can ever ease the pain of the death of someone you love, nothing can magic it away. But if I can help anyone else facing what we have gone through, of what we’re still going through, by sharing what I’ve learnt, our loss won’t feel completely meaningless.’

In 2015, former England football star Rio Ferdinand suddenly and tragically lost his wife and soulmate Rebecca, aged 34, to cancer. It was a profound shock and Rio found himself struggling to cope not just with the pain of his grief, but also with his new role as both mum and dad to their three young children.

Rio’s BBC1 documentary, Being Mum and Dad, touched everyone who watched it and won huge praise for the honesty and bravery he showed in talking about his emotions and experiences. His book now shares the story of meeting, marrying and losing Rebecca, his own and the family’s grief – as well as the advice and support that get him through each day as they strive to piece themselves back together. It is written in the hope that he can inspire others struggling with loss and grief to find the help they need through this most difficult of times.

The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams (Aged 2 ¼)

Life is hard for Archie. It often seems like the world is out to get him. People are always telling him what to do… ‘Eat your tea Archie!’, ‘Don’t lick the bus stop Archie!’, ‘Stop putting Mummy’s phone in the bin Archie!’
And then one day his heart is shattered when he learns his parents are to replace him with a younger sibling – the utter bastards!

The only comforts he finds are in his best friend Amelie who teaches him all the good swear words, and the sweet relief he gets from sinking his teeth into other people’s limbs.

From naked protests to dealing with other people looking at YOUR THINGS! This is a no-holds-barred account of life told through the eyes of Archie – a creatively stifled, modern day toddler.

Sunday Times bestseller Hurrah for Gin has delighted fans with its honest, emotional and laugh-out-loud account of parenting. Brilliantly illustrated with Katie Kirby’s unique stick man drawings and told in the same outrageously funny way, The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams, Aged 2 ¼ once again takes on the highs and lows of family life, this time it’s one opinionated boy having his say.

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Katie Kirby

Get Fit, Get Happy

Get Fit, Get Happy isn’t about just transforming the way you look.
It’s about transforming the way you feel.

Harry Judd is a member of the hugely successful bands McFly and McBusted who have headlined Hyde Park, notched up 19 hit singles – of which 7 went to number one – and 2 number-one albums. He is a much-loved former Strictly Come Dancing champion and has been crowned the nation’s favourite ever winner of the show.

And yet in spite of this success, there have been times when Harry has been prone to anxiety and other mental health issues. He’s not alone. Today, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems affect more of us than ever before and we are all looking for ways to adapt, cope and survive the pressures of daily life.

The one thing that Harry has turned to time and time again to redress the balance in his life is fitness. Now, using a combination of exercise and dance, Harry makes the mood-boosting benefits of fitness accessible for everyone. Young or old, male or female, small or large, tall, short, thin, fat or somewhere in the middle: anyone will be inspired by Get Fit, Get Happy. Without any need for expensive kit or lots of time, Harry’s approach is fun, fast, free.

Part memoir in which Harry tells the life lessons that he has learned, and part richly researched fitness plan to get you feeling more positive, Get Fit, Get Happy is a fitness revolution to help people find a little more happiness in their lives.

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Relish

The eye-opening story of one woman’s incredible appetite for life: the memoirs of Prue Leith, judge of C4’s GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF and former judge of BBC2’s GREAT BRITISH MENU.  Now fully revised and updated, including Prue falling in love and marrying again in her 70s.

Prue Leith describes herself as greedy in all senses of the word. Cook, caterer, restaurateur, food writer, journalist, novelist, businesswoman, teacher, television presenter, charity worker, lover, wife and mother, she has certainly been greedy for life. Prue came to London in the early 1960s and, not long afterwards, opened Leith’s Restaurant. By the mid-seventies she was a food columnist on the Daily Mail, had published several cookbooks and opened Leith’s School of Food and Wine.

But it wasn’t all work. Prue writes with honesty of her love life, her longing for children, the birth of her son, the adoption of her daughter and much else besides.  In this fully revised and updated edition she tells of how she met, fell in love with and married John Playfair as well as  her exciting new role as a judge on Great British Bake Off.  Prue’s down-to-earth attitude to life and her remarkable energy are an inspiration to anyone.

‘What a terrific tale it is – of a South African girl who could stand the heat and made the kitchen into a remarkable career’ Telegraph

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The Eternal City

A heart-warming tale of sibling rivalry, secrets, love and death, steeped in local colour and noise and tender in its depiction of family at their worst, and at their best from Domenica de Rosa, author of the bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway series under the name Elly Griffiths.

Gaby, the youngest of the de Angelis sisters, always secretly knew she was her father Enzo’s favourite; so when Enzo dies on the day her own daughter is born, her life is turned upside down.

In the emotional aftermath of the funeral, it emerges that her father has asked that his ashes be taken back his native city, Rome. Suddenly, Gaby and her new family are thrown headfirst into the wider de Angelis clan, and all of their conflicting ideas and opinions.

As the family journeys to Rome to say a final goodbye to Enzo, emotions run high; but none higher than Gaby’s, as she comes face to face with the man she once thought she would marry, and is forced to question everything of which, until now, she was so sure.

‘Witty and as light as a tiramisu but with tart insight on sibling rivalry’ Nottingham Evening Post

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Domenica De Rosa