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Hachette UK, in partnership with The BIO Agency (Big Ideas Online) won a Silver Award at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards on Tuesday 16th October. The awards, founded in 2011, are Europe's most prominent programme of recognition of excellence in digital stakeholder communications and the UK's largest celebration of digital communication.

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The Line

Richard Freeman
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The World According to Foggy

Carl Fogarty
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Carl Fogarty

Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Superbike World Championship, The World According to Foggy will delight the legions of motor sport fans in the UK and beyond, and will be lapped by those who have enjoyed books by Valentino Rossi, Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Freddie Spencer.This is a full-throttle, rip-roaring, white-knuckle pillion ride with motorcycle racing icon Carl Fogarty, a man the nation took to their hearts as 'King of the Jungle' in the 2014 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!The World According to Foggy is packed with hilarious tales from inside and outside the sport. Racers past and present, including Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Steve Hislop and Guy Martin, all come under Foggy scrutiny.He dips into the memory banks to relive those special moments of his career in World Superbikes and at his 'spiritual home', the Isle of Man TT, and talks candidly for the first time about his venture into team ownership, as well as his inner demons.Carl lifts the lid on his madcap mates and their daft antics and shares his quirky wisdom on topics as diverse as cricket, hikers, News at Ten, fainting goats, traffic lights and the full English breakfast on trains.Ultimately, The World According to Foggy reveals the real man behind the visor: cheeky, witty, down-to-earth ... and every-so-slightly bonkers.

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Egg and Soldiers

Miles Jupp
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Miles Jupp
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The Big Bang Theory Trivia Quiz Book

Warner Bros, Adam Faberman
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Warner Bros, Adam Faberman

What did Amy name her electric toothbrush?What does Leonard bring Penny back from the North Pole? The Big Bang Theory Trivia Quiz Book is the first official book to accompany one of the world's favourite and funniest comedies. Including 1,600 questions from series 1 to 8, along with photos, hilarious quotes, a complete episode guide and fun features, such as excerpts from the Roommate Agreement and your chance to play 'Emily or Cinnamon', this book will remind you of all your favourite Big Bang moments.

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Doctor's Notes

Dr Rosemary Leonard
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Dr Rosemary Leonard
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Doctor's Notes

Dr Rosemary Leonard
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Dr Rosemary Leonard

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It All Counts

Carol Vorderman
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Carol Vorderman
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It All Counts

Carol Vorderman
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Carol Vorderman
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Mistress of Rome

Kate Quinn
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Kate Quinn

A heart-stopping love story about a Jewish slave girl and Rome's greatest gladiator, who become involved in a plot to assassinate the Emperor of Rome...

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The Call-Up

Tom Hickman
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Tom Hickman

From 1947 to 1963 some 2.3 million men were conscripted to do national service. For some it was to prove the most exciting and terrifying time of their lives, as many were sent to the Korean War or to countries such as Palestine and Kenya where the terrorist threat was ever-present. They faced death and learned about sex. For others, it was a frustrating interference in their lives, made all the more ridiculous by endless hours of square-bashing or painting coal white.Tom Hickman shows just how varied were the experiences of the recruits. By talking to over 80 veterans, he recalls the hilarious and moving stories from those times, and seeks to explain why the subject still causes debate more than 40 years on. Above all, The Call-Up is a portrait of a vanished era that many still feel has something to teach us today.

Dr Rosemary Leonard

Dr Rosemary Leonard is one of the country's best-known doctors. She is the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, and also writes for the Daily Express and S magazine, and is the medical editor for both Woman and Home and Tesco Healthy Living.Although she is a regular broadcaster, Rosemary is still very much a practising doctor, working as a part-time GP partner in a busy South London surgery, where she has a special interest in women's health. She trained in medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas Hospital Medical School. She has been the GP representative on the Committee on Safety of Medicines, is now a member of the Human Genetics Commission and also on the Board of the Health Protection Agency. In 2004 Rosemary was awarded an MBE for her services to healthcare.Rosemary lives with her husband and two sons and enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking and sailing. This is her second book.

Luke Hines

Luke Hines and Scott Gooding cooked their way to the finals in MY KITCHEN RULES with their healthy food philosophy. Luke went on to build a career as a leading health and wellness personality. With six books, numerous television appearances and writing credits in food and fitness publications, Luke's message is simple: nourish your body with the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, keep active in a way that you enjoy, and smile each and every day.Follow Luke online through www.facebook.com/lukehinesonline, www.twitter.com/LukeHinesOnline, www.lukehines.com and www.instagram.com/LukeHinesOnline

Scott Gooding

UK-born Scott Gooding, Luke Hines' fellow MY KITCHEN RULES star and CLEAN LIVING co-author, is a qualified personal trainer and health coach, and owns his own fitness business in Sydney's eastern suburbs. His love of good food and cooking were encouraged at a young age by his parents. Scott's top priority is fuelling kids' nutrition through education.Follow Scott online on www.facebook.com/ScottGoodingFitness, www.twitter.com/ScottyFit, www.scottygoodingproject.com and www.instagram.com/scottyfit

24 Sep
Kenton Theatre New Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2BP 01491 575698

Dr Rosemary Leonard at Henley Festival

Four voices TOM FORT, BEN HUNT-DAVIS, DR ROSEMARY LEONARD and GARY MULGREW 7.30pm Kenton Theatre £8 Something new for Henley. Four people share their entertaining, provocative and stimulating views speaking for 10 minutes on a different subject. It could be stories or opinions but recounted with passion, humour and intensity. It is unscripted with only one aim – to keep the audience amused, entertained and attentive. Tonight’s quartet is as varied and talented as you could wish for: Tom Fort – Any man who can write a critically acclaimed book about a road must be worth listening to. Local author Tom’s subject was the A303, the road that took so many of us on our English summer holidays. Roman roads crossed it and drovers’ paths lie beneath it. Its route cuts across some of the finest chalkland in southern England. What memories! The A303 – Highway to the Sun – Simon & Schuster Ben Hunt-Davis – It’s the year of the London Olympics so we need a gold winner. Ben won Gold at Sydney in 2000 and has been part of Team GB’s build-up team. A former pupil at Shiplake College he is now a motivational speaker and runs his own company. Will It Make The Boat Go Faster by Ben Hunt-Davis and Harriet Beveridge – Troubadour Dr Rosemary Leonard – is one of the country’s best-known medical faces through her work as the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast. She has written a delightfully amusing book about the incidents and true stories that have taken place in her GP surgery. Doctor Doctor; incredible true tales from a GP surgery – Headline Gary Mulgrew – One of the ‘Natwest Three’, controversially extradited to America in 2006. Born in Glasgow in 1962 he joined NatWest in 1983 and worked for them in Manchester, London, Tokyo and New York before joining the Royal Bank of Canada in 2000. His banking career ended in June 2002 when he was indicted for allegedly defrauding NatWest. Two years of detention were followed by two years in seven prisons in the United States and England until his full release in early 2010. Gang Of One – Hodder and Stoughton. The bar at the Kenton will remain open after this event and be serving Laithwaite’s wine – an opportunity to meet the speakers.

THE HEIST

Our ebook of the month is THE HEIST, the first adventure in an electrifying new series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.

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Read an exclusive preview of Stephan Talty's BLACK IRISH, which is out now in paperback and ebook.

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Blog: Down the Hatch

Daniela, our forager, meets us at our hotel. She’s tall and willowy with mesmeric upper class teeth, the front bottom two of which seem to slope slightly forward like an old-fashioned up and over garage door. She’s wearing brown furry boots, jogging bottoms and a gilet and bounces like a spaceman on the moon. On the drive to the foraging place Daniela tells us she’s also a body and mind therapist and that her boyfriend’s one of the country’s foremost experts on fungi. ‘Self-taught,’ she adds, meaning I’m thinking, ‘Lots of trips to the hospital to have his stomach pumped.’ It’s half-term, we’re in Devon and I don’t want to go foraging. Neither do the kids (Phoebe, 8 and Charlie, 6). It’s windy, cold, too early and I’d rather be eating breakfast back at the hotel. The buffet bangers are under a metal hood beside cooked tomatoes and mushrooms and the toast’s brought straight to the table. There’s no need to forage. But my wife Dinah wants to. Foraging is new, sustainable, cool and growing in popularity, and besides she has to write an article about it. We’re foraging in Sidmouth and, as Daniela scours the banks of the river Ford, the first edible plant she discovers is hogweed. It has a purple furry stem, smells like orange peel, is apparently the poor man’s asparagus and is not to be confused, she tells us, after we’ve eaten some, with giant hogweed that looks a lot like it but has photosensitive juice, which can cause burning of the skin, blisters and lifelong changes to skin colour. As we wait nervously for the potential third degree burns and permanent disfigurement, Daniela snaps off the top of a nettle in her gloved hand and fans it out for us like a bouquet of peonies. It’s great in nettle soup, abundant and our most overlooked salad leaf, she says, her eyes shining. Enthused, the kids sting themselves picking some and Dinah’s so mesmerised by Daniela she leans unwittingly forward to SNIFF the nettles and is stung on the tip of her nose. We move to the beach. It’s now so cold and windblown that Charlie, who hates his coat more than anything in the world, has not only put it on but voluntarily pulled his hood up. Daniela moves along the foot of the rocky cliff and, as the kids complain they want to go, and are periodically blown into the brambles, she finds sea radish, sea plantain, rock samphire and alexanders, although by now I’m dubious. We’ve no idea what anything is. She could be making it up – adding the word ‘sea’ to the front of ordinary vegetables. My knowledge of green things ends at rocket, and Dinah’s so un-outdoorsy she doesn’t even own a proper coat. And besides isn’t there a reason people don’t eat random plants? ‘So have you ever eaten anything poisonous?’ I ask Daniela, as we chew what she’s suspiciously claiming is sea spinach. ‘No,’ she says, picking up something that she seems to believe we’ll accept is actually called ox-eye-daisy or whoopsy-daisy or something like that, ‘but a forager friend of mine,’ she adds, ‘once ate hemlock water drop wart.’ ‘And what happened to him?’ I ask. ‘He went into a coma,’ says Daniela, matter-of-factly. ‘Oh!’ And I look at Dinah, who takes another defiant bite but quietly removes the plant from Phoebe and Charlie’s hands, I notice. ‘What's a coma?’ says Phoebe ‘It's when your heart gets out of control and you go to sleep for a few days and come close to death,’ says Daniela, breezily picking up something else. ‘Here try this. It’s Sea lettuce. No, hang on…’ She drops it, and picks something else. ‘This is Sea lettuce.’ ‘That's why it's best only to eat leaves that experts say is OK,’ I say to the kids. ‘But he was an expert,’ says Phoebe. ‘The simple lesson is never eat anything at all that looks like a flat leaf parsley plant,’ says Daniela. ‘And what do they look like?’ I ask, as Charlie reaches into the undergrowth to independently pick some furry looking leaf he immediately pops into his mouth, but my question’s swept away by the wind, as is Phoebe, who flounders in a clump of what? Sea turnips, sea swedes? sea parsnips? …who knows what this stuff is. Walking back to the car, Daniela tells us that a government minister once told a friend of hers that foraging would become more and more important as the banking system collapsed and currencies devalued and became worthless and people began scouring hedgerows to stay alive. As she says this she is childishly kicking a stone along the dirt path. ‘But that's unsubstantiated,’ she adds, to Dinah, who’s making notes, ‘So don't take it out of context.’ Back at the hotel we catch the end of breakfast. Leaving half an hour later, warm again and bloated with bacon, sausages, toast and egg, the world order still looks relatively intact, leaving me confident enough of our survival over the next 48 hours to abandon the now squashed looking fruits of our foraging labour in the bin.

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A sensual excerpt from Have Me

A sizzling excerpt from Have Me, an e-novella in J. Kenner's Stark series.

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10 Top Tips for Los Angeles

If people ever ask me about my favourite holiday ever, I don’t even have to think twice. California, October 2011. We drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco – stopping off along the way at Santa Barbara wine country (as seen in the film Sideways), San Luis Obispo, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and Monterey. I then stayed on in San Francisco for a further two weeks, writing my second book. Living the dream! It was easily the most memorable trip I’ve ever had and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Weirdly, one of my favourite parts of the trip was Los Angeles. LA has a bad reputation – you could easily imagine it’s a smoggy, tacky, endless sprawl full of identikit shopping malls. It can be all of those things but if you stay by the ocean, or go up in the hills, you’ll find a vibrant, arty, outdoorsy and endlessly fascinating place to explore. (It does help to be able to drive though, and have a GPS). I’d love to go back, but meanwhile I sent my heroine, Lily, there, for a family wedding that turns into a fabulous romantic adventure … Here are my top tips based on where Lily and I went: 1) Stay beside the beach – in Venice, Santa Monica, or (if you can afford it) Malibu. These places are also very handy from the airport. The Venice Beach House (where we stayed) is an adorable old-fashioned guest house that dates from the early 1900s; or try Shutters on the Beach for more updated luxe. 2) Hire a bike and cycle from Venice to Santa Monica (about two miles). You will see an unbelievable variety of local characters – think snake charmers, muscle men, rappers on segways and dogs on skateboards. 3) Be a culture vulture. Some people think there is no culture in Los Angeles. As Cher Horowitz would say: hello? As well as doing a Clueless tour, you can check out architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, the John Paul Getty Museum, LA County Museum of Art, La Brea Tar Pits, the Watts Towers, Griffith Park Observatory ... or of course do the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, where I met Actual Tom Cruise (though he may have been an impersonator because I don’t think the real Tom Cruise would accept tips). 4) Walk, don’t drive. Walk around the Venice canals which to my mind are just as pretty as the ones in Italy; hike in Runyon Park; or walk in Griffith Park where you can see the Hollywood sign AND the original Bat Cave! Or just get up early and go for a jog along the beach – you might see surfers out catching the morning swell, or photo shoot taking place, or (if you’re Lily) a cute boy out jogging barefoot … 5) Eat amazing food. You can keep up with the latest in the food truck craze at www.roaminghunger.com, or dine at Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite restaurants (yes, Gwyneth – she really does know her food). 6) Go vintage shopping. I’m not sure if it’s the ageing hippies, the film costume departments or the Beverley Hills ladies who wear and discard, but LA is a treasure trove for vintage clothes. The Way We Wore and Hidden Treasures (which looks like a madhouse, at the top of Topanga Canyon) are two of the best. 7) Visit the flower market, where Lily and Jesse go shopping for wedding flowers. Fact fans note: Ashton Kutcher works here in the movie Valentine’s Day! 8) Head for the hills: explore Mulholland Drive and Laurel Canyon. We ended up there by mistake because we asked the GPS to ‘avoid motorways’ when leaving Los Angeles. It was scary at the time as it was late at night, very steep and we were totally lost, but hey, we saw Mulholland Drive. 9) Don’t stay downtown or at Chateau Marmont. The Chateau is lovely but it’s on a pretty tacky part of the Sunset Boulevard strip. But do go for a drink in Bar Marmont (just don’t get hammered and miss an important family party, the way Lily does). 10) You probably don’t need this one but: drink Californian wine. It is expensive compared to wine in Europe, but it is divine – plus they don’t export it much, so it’s something you can’t get at home. An excuse for a glass of Pinot Noir if ever I heard one … For more fun in Los Angeles, don't miss LILY DOES LA, out now in ebook. And be sure to catch the rest of the Girls on Tour...