“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Five recipes inspired by literary favourites – the winter edition.

That quote is from Oscar Wilde by the way, a man after my own bitter introverted heart. If you’re cooking for a crowd, for yourself or bringing something to a party then why not try one of these literary-inspired recipes inspired by wintery tomes.

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The 12 Books of Christmas – part two

It’s difficult to find the time to sit down with a good book during the holidays, but if you’ve doled out your cards and crossed off all your lists, then why not unwind with a holiday-themed read from this list?

I’ve already uploaded part one, with books 1-6, here.

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The 12 Books of Christmas – part one

At this time of year, after the presents are wrapped and the festive food is laid to cool on the proverbial ledge, it’s nice to unwind with a festive book. This is a list of twelve books that were inspired by, or otherwise depict, Christmas- including a few that you can share with children.

Today I’m uploading 1-6, so look out for part two, with numbers 7-12, tomorrow.

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I Capture the Castle: Dodie Smith

A young woman; a ramshackle English castle; a glamourous step-mother; a forgetful father writing strange encoded books; a quiet and mysterious servant boy; two interloping American brothers; green skin and outdoor baths. This is middle class decline in 1930s Britain, but it’s also a fairytale love story in Dodie Smith’s quintessentially English coming of age story, I Capture the Castle.

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