Happy 1st December!
Yes, that’s right. Christmas is coming. FAST. But there’s only so many mince pies and stollen bites that I can handle over the festive season. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot, but when I saw Edd Kimber’s recipe for Amaretto Creams in the November Waitrose Magazine, I knew I HAD to make them. Once you’ve read this, you’ll want to make them too. Trust me.
Don’t they look fabulous? Continue reading Festive Baking with Franny – Amaretto Creams
I headed to The Bookseller’s FutureBook 2014 Conference last Friday – there were a range of strands, but one that I personally found most interesting and raised a real call-to-arms was the Consumer Insight: Strategic Advantage, or just a Buzzword? panel. Here is my round-up, also found on Book2Book.
Hype around a word can often distract from its purpose, especially in the publishing industry. Despite the importance of ‘digital‘, ‘social media‘, ‘content’ and ‘the future‘, each has suffered delayed action due to a lack of understanding and an apprehensive pursuit from the book sector to learn from and engage with them. It was interesting to see that these words and phrases were once again the focus of the annual FutureBook conference, demonstrating a clear need for publishers to stop bandying them around as buzzwords but actually assessing their businesses and industry at large, and finding means of using these increasingly important strategies before they slip behind their non-publishing competitors: an argument that was passionately raised by the opening keynote, George Berkowski. Continue reading #FutureBook14 – Consumer Insight
I’ve never been one for opera. With the options of theatre, dance or live music often on the table in London, opera always settled at the bottom of the list. But when Rémi returned from the English National Opera’s Madame Butterfly full of praises, I knew I had to give it a shot. At university, many of my friends participated in the opera societies and I was always astounded by the maturity of their voices at such a young age, so to enjoy opera from the professionals was a completely new experience and one that I would highly recommend if you have not yet tested those choral waters.
Continue reading ENO Marriage of Figaro
This morning I had the pleasure of attending the press view of the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London – the largest UK exhibition on Sherlock Holmes in over 60 years! It opens to the public tomorrow and I cannot recommend it enough. I have loved Sherlock Holmes as a reader, a student and an avid BBC Sherlock fan, but even if you’re not quite the obsessive that I am, it is still a fabulous collection which is both fascinating and enjoyable. Here’s what I wrote about it for Book2Book. This autumn, the Museum of London opens its doors to celebrate the world of the greatest fictional detective of all time with its Sherlock Holmes exhibition. The collection is, as of today, open to the public until 12 April 2015 and contains a variety of rare treasures in its diverse trove. Continue reading Museum of London Sherlock Holmes Exhibition
This week has been another busy one. After a whirlwind trip to Ronnie Scott’s London, Brussels & Maastricht at the weekend, I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep – but with so much going on, even that has been a trial! I was devastated when severe train delays meant that I was prevented from attending the #Station11 launch party, so I’m afraid I have no post for you there. BUT last night I was able to make it into London for the Unbound & Canongate launch party for LISTS OF NOTE. A beautiful book that I desperately want to own in physical format – it’s gorgeous! But with only digital copies available for review and the pennies in my pocket few and far between at the moment, I was only able to gaze at it lovingly. Unfortunately, Perks has been poorly this week so she was unable to make it but luckily my boyfriend took up the mantle and accompanied me to The Groucho Club in Soho. The following post will be on Book2Book this morning but here’s your priority access, exclusive to Franny & Perks readers! Enjoy…
Continue reading Franny hits LISTS OF NOTE launch party!
Evening all! On Sunday, I returned from sunny Cyprus. SERIOUSLY sunny. I’m talking 30-degrees-hours-dedicated-to-lazing-around sunny. It was tough. England’s temperatures have dropped and not for the better. All I can say is that it gives me reason to wear more layers to cover the bod having indulged my gut to the MAX (though not being able to show off the tan hurts a little inside… priorities in tact here.) So, on my arrival back to lovely Harpenden, I pledged to myself that I would detox for a whole FIVE DAYS. I know. Crazy. I’ve never liked the concept of dieting. I’m more of an exercise person, but my whole body was screaming for some healthy relief from the numerous heavy meals I’d merrily tucked away… Continue reading Franny’s Five-Day Detox
I think this post should start with an apology. We have reached the morning of the Man Booker shortlist announcement with a mere two longlist reviews on the blog. I agree. Disappointing. I have tried to make up for this with inspiring baking recipes and cool literary products out there, but sometimes, all you want to see is a book review. I understand. So please do accept my heartfelt apology. I know you haven’t heard from Perks in a while either. She’s still with us, but has been incredibly busy too – I’m sure she’ll explain when she returns soon!
In a last ditch effort to redeem myself, I’m sneaking in another review before the announcement. This weekend, I finished Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Ferris’ third novel that is billed to:
‘cut to the very heart of modern existence: the meaning of life, the certainty of death and the importance of good oral hygiene’
Continue reading To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris