Books to Look Forward to – October 2013

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October is always a big month in books for me as the countdown to that thing that happens on the 25th December begins. I also have my birthday in December so there’s plenty of opportunity for book presents! These are some of the books that I’m looking forward to seeing on the shelves this month. I’ve looked through publisher websites and other book sites, and my choices are not influenced by anyone else. (Do note that I have accepted sponsorship for this post though to feed my book habit!) All the books below will be released in Australia in October 2013.

The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington

From the publisher:

‘I’ve been on the planet for forty years now and I’m still none the wiser as to what it’s all about really. I’ve never worried about life’s big questions. People at my age sit about pondering “why are we here?” The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote.’

Karl Pilkington is forty years old. He’s not married, he doesn’t have kids, and he’s got a job where he’s known as an ‘idiot’. It’s time for him to take stock and face up to life’s big question – what does it all mean?

Karl is no stranger to travel, and now he’s off on a series of madcap adventures around the globe to find out how other cultures approach life’s big issues. Travelling from far-flung tribes to high-tech cities, Karl encounters everything from a traditional Indian wedding to an ancient Tibetan sky burial, from a drive-through funeral in LA to a man who married a robot. Have his experiences changed him? Find out in this hilarious new book where Karl shares his stories (and opinions) in his inimitable style.

My thoughts: I love Karl’s quirky style and I think this book would be perfect for a chuckle – or four.

River Cottage Fruit Everyday! By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

From the publisher:

Fruit is pretty much the perfect food: bountiful, delicious and colourful, it also helps us to fight infection, stresses and strains. But why are we still a nation that thinks it’s a bit racy to slice a banana onto our cornflakes in the morning? A ‘piece of fruit’ in a lunch box, on the breakfast table or at the end of a meal is all very well, but fruit is so much more exciting than this, and we don’t eat nearly enough of the stuff. Perhaps this is because we don’t always understand how to use it in our cooking, or how to choose the best fruit for the season.

Hugh sets out to address this head on. With 180 delicious recipes, River Cottage Fruit Every Day! will show you how to enjoy a broader eating experience and make fruit easy, fun and irresistible. You’ll find recipes for all the wonderful seasonal fruit that grows in this country, and learn how to make the most of fruit from other parts of the world. Recipes include marinated lamb and fig kebabs; barbecued pork chops with peaches and sage; venison stew with damsons; and parsnip and apple cakes. There are also fresh and zingy salads as well as gorgeous cakes, tarts, pies, crumbles and puddings.

With glorious photography from Simon Wheeler, this book will bring amazing new fruity vitality and flavour to your food.

My thoughts: I love the River Cottage cookbooks for their simplicity and inventive flavours – I think this will be a winner for summer.

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Carry a Big Stick by Tim Ferguson

From the publisher:

The frank and fearless story of a man fighting MS with comedy.

Tim Ferguson was a star of the international comedy circuit. Along with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler he was part of the edgy, provocative and very funny Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS). In 1994 they were at the height of their powers, performing in a season at the Criterion Theatre on Piccadilly Circus. The three mates, who began busking on the streets of Canberra a decade earlier, had achieved their ambition to become the self-styled rock stars of comedy.

Then, all of a sudden, Tim woke up one morning and his whole left side wouldn’t work. He’d had a lurking suspicion that something was wrong and after more episodes he went to a doctor thinking he’d be told to change his diet and get more sleep. It wasn’t so simple. An eventual diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) meant an end to the frenetic, high-energy life he was living.

CARRY A BIG STICK is a chance for Tim to tell his story. He wants to make people laugh but also give inspiration to all the people doing it hard. A lot of people keep MS to themselves because it’s invisible. In Tim’s case, he has the stick. ‘It’s such a visible sign that something’s happened; it’s just easier if people know.’

CARRY A BIG STICK meanders through Tim’s life, and explains how the boy who went to nine schools in 13 years got used to saying, ‘Hi, I’m the new kid’. It will detail his ambitions to become an actor and how the Doug Anthony Allstars were born and went on to become what Rolling Stone called ‘The 3 amigos from hell’. Diagnosis changed a lot of things but Tim’s quick wit and sense of humour weren’t affected. This inspiring memoir shows us that you can laugh in the face of adversity.

My thoughts: This will be a very funny book, with poignant parts. I enjoyed Tim’s novel Left, Right and Centre, so I know this will be great.

Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding

From the publisher:

When Helen Fielding first wrote Bridget Jones’ Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s, she introduced readers to one of the most beloved characters in modern literature. The book was published in 40 countries, sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and spawned a best-selling sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The two books were turned into major blockbuster films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

With her hotly anticipated third installment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on.

An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones:
Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

My thoughts: Bridget is back! Spoilers already making the rounds make it seem like this is going to be a new era of Bridget. V. excited!

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough

From the publisher:

Bittersweet is an enthralling tale of women – and of love.

This is the story of two sets of twins, Edda and Grace, Tufts and Kitty, who struggle against all the restraints, prohibitions, laws and prejudices of 1920s Australia. Only the submissive yet steely Grace burns for marriage; the sleekly sophisticated Edda burns to be a doctor, the down-to-earth but courageous Tufts burns never to marry, and the too-beautiful, internally scarred Kitty burns for a love free from male ownership.

Turbulent times, terrible torments, but the four magnificent Latimer sisters, each so different, love as women do: with tenderness as well as passion, and with hearts roomy enough to hold their men, their children, their careers and their sisters.

My thoughts: Colleen McCullough always writes fantastic books and the cover is a cracker.

That’s quite a mixed bag, but it’s also representative of my reading tastes at the moment. Have you read any of these books already? Which ones are you interested in?


4 thoughts on “Books to Look Forward to – October 2013

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  1. I’m also looking forward to Bridget.

    Didn’t know Tim Fer. had a new book out – I loved, loved, loved the DAAS in the 80s/90s (although lived in permanent fear that I would get singled out for audience participation during their shows!).

  2. All these books look really good. I think I would read the Colleen McCulloch one first, then Fruit and I’m not too sure which one next.

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