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24 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books MADE WEAVE LOVE Author: Phoebe Jones RRP: £22 Format: Paperback Phoebe Jones is on a mission to make weaving accessible to all. In her debut book Made Weave Love Phoebe shows you the joys of weaving and how this gentle and intuitive craft can spark creativity in your life. Covering the very basics from the essential tools and how to build your own loom, to selecting the perfect yarn and finding colour and design inspiration, Phoebe carefully guides you through everything you need to get started. Packed with beautiful photography and step-by-step tutorials throughout, this go-to guide - featuring projects for both beginners and advanced crafters alike - will give you the skills you need to confidently weave gorgeous masterpieces that spread style and colour throughout your home. Phoebe Jones is a fibre artist, weaving expert and mother of two based in Dorset. She is founder of the online store, Made Weave Love, where she sells beautiful handwoven homewares, accessories and hand-spun yarn. Phoebe has built an online community of over 1.7M followers across social media through sharing the crafting process of her wonderful creations. FUNNY FIG Author: Claire Smith RRP: £6.99 Funny Fig is the debut book from The A to Z Patch, a new children’s book series which features fruit and vegetable friends from around the world who connect with the reader by exploring feelings through fun actions. Funny Fig shakes their bottom, blows loud raspberries, counts to ten in a silly voice all in an attempt to cheer up their grumpy little sister! It is an interactive series written to be read aloud by parents and caregivers to engage and entertain preschoolers. There are twenty-six books in total featuring each letter from the alphabet. Each letter is a fruit or vegetable character linked to a feeling or action, e.g. Funny Fig, Loving Lemon, Jumping Jackfruit, Nervous Nectarine. The stories include fun actions to help engage both reader and child and prompts are used to help encourage children to do the actions. Repetition is used throughout and there is early introduction to alliteration. Main characters are gender neutral, allowing every child to associate only with the feeling of the character. Funny Fig deals with the emotions of being grumpy and also how making others laugh feels good. Each story ends with a question to create a space for conversation and interaction between the reader and the child. The author, Claire Smith, is currently on a tour of nurseries and preschools in her home county of Buckinghamshire. RAMADAN MUBARAK Author: Tharik Hussain RRP: £7.99 Format: Hardback ISBN: 978 1 83799 134 1 Immerse yourself in this beautiful selection of powerful words to help you feel inspired and encouraged throughout the holy month of Ramadan – a time of hope and renewal. Ramadan Mubarak is filled with insightful words and guidance from a wide range of Muslim figures, including female and lesser-known voices, like Turkish female mystic Hatice Cenan Hanim and the South Asian poet and mystic, Hasan Raja to help your spiritual growth and deepen the inner journey Muslims embark on during this most blessed of months. The inspiring collection also contains well-known voices such as Malala Yousafzai and the scholarly mystic, Rumi to help deepen your connection to God, enhance your worship and devotion, and stay positive throughout this sacred time. “The month of Ramadan reflects the true spirit of Islam; it is my favourite time of the year because of this, and it is this spirit I have tried to evoke through this book.” “The visibility of female voices in Muslim spaces is very important to me; this is why I have included the words of some of the most inspiring Muslim women from the past and present in the book,” Tharik Hussain, author of Ramadan Mubarak. DINNER WITH CHURCHILL Author: Robin Hawdon Format: Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7384231-2-5 This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill, with a year-long national campaign planned across the UK. Coinciding with this is the recently published Dinner with Churchill by Robin Hawdon. The novel shines a spotlight on an extraordinary event at the beginning of World War II - a little-known meeting between Winston Churchill and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, which may have changed the course of British politics. On October 13th 1939, it appears that Churchill and his wife Clementine entertained Chamberlain and his wife Anne with a private dinner at Admiralty House. It was an event which caused great speculation around the corridors of Whitehall and Westminster, since it was well known that the two politicians had been arch political enemies for years over the appeasement issue. The dinner party was the one and only time the four illmatched people had met alone socially. Almost nothing is known about the event except for one laconic entry in Churchill’s diary - “Had the Chamberlains to dinner. The evening went well. Part historical drama, part spy story, part romance, Robin Hawdon’s novel explores the possibilities of the occasion through a fictional account of the evening.