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Nature and Nurture at Short Books this Month…

With Spring poised to… well… spring in March (though probably later in March, by the looks of things), we at Short Books are thinking nature and nurture in our new releases.

Pick up Veg Street for the inspiration to start growing your own fruit, veg and flowers at home, even if you’ve only windowsill space to spare.  Naomi Schillinger gives fantastic guidance for the year round, all drawn from her and her neighbours’ experiences transforming their London street into a community gardening haven.  This gorgeous, full-colour book has all the advice you need to turn your fingers green, even making use of that old worn-out suitcase for growing courgettes!

In his memoir, I Know You’re Going to be Happy, Rupert Christiansen gives a poignant account of his parents’ marriage and divorce, along with its impact upon family life in his formative years.  Rupert tells the story of two talented individuals from different social classes who came together and split apart all to the backdrop of Fleet Street journalism and the emotional chaos of the Sixties.

Also this month, a real literary treat, The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone marks the debut novel from rising star Will Storr.  Killian Lone is emotionally malnourished in his youth, and finds refuge in the kitchen, cooking with his Aunt Dorothy.  As his skills develop he wins an apprenticeship with famous chef Max Mann, but behind the scenes of 1980s fine dining there is a dark world of bullying and injustice.  But something even darker is growing in the grounds of Aunt Dorothy’s old cottage, and it might just prove to be Killian’s secret ingredient for achieving his culinary ambitions…