Monthly Archives: August 2014

We <3 Out of Print

Good morning, book people!

You may have already heard of them, but if not, you’re welcome. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to a wonderful US company who share our bookish ways. We stumbled upon them one day during those wistful hours of procrastination and haven’t looked back.

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Out of Print Clothing has combined necessity (the threads on our backs) with a celebration of the world’s favourite classic stories. Sounds good, right? Oh yes. They have a whole range of t-shirts and jumpers which are absolutely PERFECT for book lovers worldwide. Franny got pretty excited about these alone, but then she went on to explore the accessories pages and that giddiness matured into audible squeals at the sight of literary-inspired jewellery, bags, notebooks, phone cases, coasters – you name it.  Continue reading We ❤ Out of Print

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Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 3 (Chelsea Buns)

Happy Bank Holiday everyone! 

I’m not sure about where you are, but here in London we have absolutely miserable weather today. Not great for all those lovely Bank Holiday outdoor plans  that some may have: cycling in the park, touring the city’s book benches, watching outdoor theatre – nope. Today is definitely an inside day. And how better to spend those rainy hours out of the office than whipping up a treat for all to enjoy? So today, I’m offering my attempt at Chelsea Buns.

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Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 2 (Florentines)

Biscuits.

I have to say, I’m definitely more of a cake girl, but if you offer me a good biscuit, I’m not going to say no.SONY DSC

 

On Wednesday, our friendly bakers were back and I was seriously impressed! They are such a likeable bunch this year and I’m already developing favourites: Richard the builder, with his cheeky, caricature-like-accessory pencil tucked behind the ear; Chetna, and the Bombay flavours she’s bringing to the tent’s table (she also favourited my tweet, so, slightly biased there); and Norman, because he is such an endearing character who keeps things simple and delicious (though I do admit, as impressive as his loose-bottomed cupcake tray was, he needs to step up the mark in terms of creativity in his bakes…come on, Norman. I have faith in you!) Continue reading Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 2 (Florentines)

Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 1 (Carrot Bûche)

I realise this is a week late but THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS BAAAAAACK! 

I’m delighted. We have a whole new set of bakers complete with familiar faces Mary, Paul, Mel & Sue. From now on, Wednesday nights are all booked up (except for tonight as it’s my boyfriend’s birthday… he wasn’t best pleased with my obvious disappointment that he didn’t want to curl up and enjoy the show).

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To celebrate the return of this charmingly addictive show, I am planning to commit to the #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge. That’s right. Each week, I’ll be giving one of the bakes a go adding a personal touch. It’s going to be tough fitting this in amidst Man Booker reading, social events and, oh yes, my job, but I will try, dear readers. I hope they may extend that Bake Off magic beyond the hour we enjoy in the tent each week.  Continue reading Franny’s #GBBO Bakeathon Challenge – Week 1 (Carrot Bûche)

Us – David Nicholls

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And so, the long awaited day dawned of the announcement of the Man Booker longlist. I say long awaited – long awaited mainly by those who work in literary publishing and by those who seem to eagerly wait 365 days to complain about it. It dawned two hours earlier for me in fact, as I was in a holiday villa on the coast of Turkey at the time. The world of publishing for once seemed a distant dream, and reading the longlist by an azure pool it was a challenge to pull myself back to those daily realms of literary fiction. Books never let you get away that easily of course. I had stuffed my suitcase with the novels I had missed out on over the past few months (being an editorial assistant leaves a scarily slim amount of time in which to read outside of your own list I have found!). I had also given one very special book to the long suffering boyfriend to carry in his hand luggage, because as I very clearly explained to him as he staggered through security, as there was NO WAY I was letting a proof of David Nicholls’ Us go in the HOLD.

So imagine my delight that unwittingly, I had brought my first longlist candidate on holiday with me – the much anticipated follow up to the literary sensation that was One Day.

Continue reading Us – David Nicholls

Duck & Waffle reviewed: Dinner with a View

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Restaurant Interior: Courtesy of D&W website

I first heard about Duck & Waffle from a friend who has excellent taste in London dining (thank you, Rachel!), and when I looked up their website, I thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion that was coming up in my calendar. Now, let’s be clear about this, if you want to get a table high in the sky, you need to book in advance, and I’m not talking a week or two. These tables are in high demand. As one of the few 24-hour London restaurants, I couldn’t resist trying the midnight dining experience, but even a table for two at this ungodly hour required booking over a month in advance. But by golly miss molly, it was worth it. Continue reading Duck & Waffle reviewed: Dinner with a View

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

 POTENTIAL SPOILERS (THOUGH I PERSONALLY DON’T THINK THERE ARE ANY….)

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On this day, only 3 months ago, we celebrated the launch of Franny & Perks and already we have filled the blog with almost 20 book reviews, 8 bookish event round-ups, a few delicious recipes and even some recommendations on things to see in London (watch this page tomorrow as Franny’s heading to the dizzy heights of Duck & Waffle where she’ll report on her midnight skyscraper experience). So this seems like the right moment to launch our Man Booker 2014 Longlist Challenge. This summer, we will be bringing you our honest reviews of each of the Man Booker titles and will round it off with a special Man Booker longlist summary (for those who may not have found the time yet but want to look well-informed… we’ve been there) and also a shortlist prediction feature! It’s going to be a busy August but challenge accepted. Continue reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler