New David Walliams Reading List and Gift Guide

Just a quick update to announce my new David Walliams Christmas Gift Guide:

It’s not often when David Walliams doesn’t have a book in the charts these days. His titles appeal to children and adults.  To save you time I’ve gone through reviews and Amazon and picked David’s top books to produce a helpful David Walliams Reading List and Gift Guide.  So if you’ve got children who have enjoyed one of David’s books, why not treat them to one of the other items on this list for Christmas.

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First look at the new Nigella Lawson cookery book: At My Table

In the current edition of Good Housekeeping Magazine, Nigella says she “likes to see a cake that has been made by somebody and is not even.  That is what cooking is.  Things can’t look like they have come from a factory.”  I have always liked this about Nigella, probably because I have never cooked an even cake in my life.  I also admire her food writing and her un chef like list of ingredients which are often few rather than many.  I generally look for cookbooks that are full of home cooking that the children will eat.   I am pleased to see there any many recipes in Nigella’s new book called At My Table, that meet these criteria.  I am definitely going to try the chicken and pea and traybake as traybakes must the biggest gift to a working Mum that needs to do the school run and feed her children.

November’s Good Housekeeping

Nigella’s At my Table



Chicken and Pea Traybake













As Christmas draws nearer I also like to find some quick things to cook that can also make delicious homemade Christmas presents.  The double chocolate and pumpkin seed cookies look great as a last minute gift if we can bear to leave any on the cooling rack.  As Nigella states “On Bake off, they have to make 18 biscuits and they have to be identical?  I have never had two biscuits that look identical!”  Thank goodness for that, gives us all hope!

For other Christmas gift ideas, check out some Nigella books in one of our previous blogs


Chocolate Cookies

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Gift idea for anyone who is interested in space.

Hello, is this planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station, a new book by Tim Peake.

Hello, is this planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station
This book has popped up in the Amazon top 10 and it’s not even released until early November.  If you know someone who is interested in space and the International Space Station they will love this as a Christmas present.

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Price: £20.00

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Ladybird books for grown ups, a bestseller this Christmas.


Publisher Michael Joseph has put together a collection of Ladybird books for grown ups. These are proving to be a great hit this Christmas as humerous stocking fillers.

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This one is just £5.24 on Amazon. If you haven’t already seen them then pop over to Amazon to view the whole range and have a laugh when they look at adult life in the style of the classic Ladybird books from school.

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Book ideas for Christmas

This is a great book for anyone who likes real-life stories of achievement to learn from and motivate. It’s the story of how Commander Chris Hadfield the Canadian astronauts trained and lived to go into space on the International Space Station (ISS).   The work Chris did while in space to communicate with school children, record the Major Tom and the Christmas Carol from space has done much to break down barriers and make space exploration understandable by more people.

Cover picture for An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Colonel Chris Hadfield

Have a read of the excellent reviews on Amazon and see what you think, but if I hadn’t discovered this book it’s certainly something I’d love to have received for Christmas.

Ben Hunt-Davis won Olympic Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as part of the Men’s Rowing Eight against the odds.  For year after year the team lost races until they discovered a winning formula of absolute focus on their primary objectives… in this case winning this one race at all cost.  I think lots of people will find this a motivational book and a fascinating read.

Will it make the boat go faster?

Again have a look at the reviews of Ben’s book on Amazon and see if you agree with my recommendation.

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