Anne Coates, author of Dancers in the Wind, recommends her top ten crime novels published in 2016 all of which make great presents if you're looking for inspiration.
Maths teacher Natasha D'Souza reviews Easy as PI: Maths Made Simple by Liz Strachan.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, billed as the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the year ahead, provides an overview of the areas on the world that, while not necessarily remote, do rate as "roads less travelled" with some surprises as Debbi Scholes discovered.
With the festive season in mind, Anne Coates takes look at three books that will raise a smile about being a parent: Five Go Parenting, Welcome To The Club and Why Boys Need Parents.
Recent research supports the idea that singing has the power to change our moods, our emotional landscape and how we see the world. Alexia Barrable, co-author of Growing Up Happy, outlines three reasons why you should sing for health and happiness.
Win one of five copies of Knickers Model's Own: A Year of Frugal Fashion by Caroline Jones written and published in support of Cancer Research UK.
With a plethora of activities designed to direct and entertain children, it is more important then ever to provide daily opportunities to play outdoors. In her book Balanced and Barefoot, Angela Hanscom argues that outdoor play is vital for children's growth and development and here she give some ideas as to how to achieve that with reluctant children.
Defeating Teenage Depression is a practical guide using techniques based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT – A) which has been used to help children and young people with depression around the world. Its author, Dr Roslyn Law, is a consultant clinical psychologist and a leading practitioner and trainer in IPT-A in the UK; this exclusive extract from the book explains some of the some of the factors leading to teenage depression.
Elyssa Campbell-Barr, author of Choosing Childcare, discusses her top ten most important and useful questions to ask potential childcarers.
New mother Jenny Sneyd reviews Sophie Wright's Blooming Delicious Recipes for Glowing Health from Pre-conception to Post-baby published by Vermilion.
Herbal teas are a great way to keep you and your family healthy. A new book, Infuse: Herbal Teas to Cleanse, Nourish and Heal by Paula Grainger and Karen Sullivan, is packed full delicious and innovative caffeine-free herb tea recipes which harness the power of nature’s most potent healing ingredients. Medical Herbalist Paula Grainger shares her pick of the top five infusions for parents and kids.
Subtitled "A book of calm for busy mums", Georgina Rodgers' book, PEACE OF MIND, encourages mothers to take time out for themselves whether it be for five or 20 minutes. Anne Coates agrees that it is the "perfect gift for every woman you know who could do with five minutes to focus on herself amidst the chaos of everyday life".