Holiday picks from Penguin
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth (Rough Guides)
With 1000 must-do experiences from around the world, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth is a book that will inspire everyone. Perfect for both the seasoned traveller and the armchair dreamer, it brings you the very best travel experiences - extraordinary landscapes, jaw-dropping architecture, white-knuckle adventures, and the world's best beaches. Nominated by Richard and Judy for their Christmas list, this beautiful coffee table book is guaranteed to get those feet itching!
For more information, see: www.roughguides.com
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
In this heartfelt memoir, author Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) to find out what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year of self-discovery in three different cultures, Gilbert explores the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. The book was a runaway success in the US, even before Gilbert was featured on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show.'
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Ken Follett's epic tale, which is set in 12th century England, is about the quest to build the world's greatest Gothic cathedral, and the struggle between good and evil. The novel tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect-a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... Currently a number one New York Times bestseller, the novel has been nominated by Oprah in her 60th Book Club Selection as the book to give this holiday season, Oprah says 'you will not be able to put it down'.
For more information or to listen to a podcast of Ken Follet talking about the sequel to Pillars, see: http://us.penguingroup.com
Charlie and Lola: My wobbly tooth must not ever never fall out by Lauren Child
Charlie and Lola, first seen in I Will Not Ever NEVER Eat a Tomato, are stars of the screen and page - and now their adventures are available as book and CD packs featuring the inimitable voices of the children in the TV series. Lola has got her first ever wobbly tooth and is determined to hang on to it. That is until she finds out about the tooth fairy! Suddenly the race is on to wobble that tooth out of her mouth and under her pillow. An utterly brilliant audio adaptation and a perfect accompaniment to the hit BBC show, now also available on DVD. For ages 4 - 8 years.
For more information, see www.penguin.co.uk
Earth: A Visitor's Guide by Ian Harrison
Packed with unputdownable trivia, Earth: A Visitor's Guide is full of everything you ever needed to know about our planet and the people who live on it. It has odd creatures doing very strange things - dressing pets up as movie stars and trying to walk backwards up mountains, playing bizarre sports such as toe-wrestling, and plotting extraordinary hoaxes and scams. Plus a host of other weird and wonderful trivia: discover urban myths, famous phobias, popular fallacies and extraordinary endurance events. Also chosen by Richard and Judy as one of their Christmas books.
For more information, see: www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk
Spud by John Van de Ruit
It's South Africa, 1990. Apartheid is crumbling, Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison and thirteen-year-old Spud Milton is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school. Cursed with embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, a senile granny named Wombat and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. With only his wits and his diary, he takes readers on a rowdy boarding school romp full of illegal midnight swims, catastrophic cricket matches, ghostbusting escapades, girls and disastrous holidays. Winner of South Africa's Booksellers' Choice Award 2006. Available in the US, South Africa and, from May 2008, in the UK. For ages 12 and above.