Stunning Cover for Lagom, the new Swedish cookbook by Steffi Knowles-Dellner

We are all drooling over the stunning cover for Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously, the debut book from the supremely talented cookery writer and food stylist Steffi Knowles-Dellner, which publishes this October.

Lagom: n. just the right amount, balanced, harmonious.

The Independent has already picked out this title and named it as one of its 10 best Scandinavian cookbooks:

“Lagom” – you can count in alongside those other trendy Scandi words, hygge and fika – is a Swedish term, loosely translated as “just the right amount”. Accordingly, this book, written by a Swedish food blogger, is about eating well and in balance: everything in moderation. The sweet potato and leek gratin and crispy sliced and stacked potatoes (a simple version of hasselback) are our favourites, but the meatier offering (tenderloin, pork cheeks, schnitzel) is more traditional.

Pippa Bailey, IndyBest

Published by Quadrille, you can pre-order your copy here

… until then you can find out more about Steffi by visiting her website, or following her on Twitter @alwayssohungry.

The Crayons’ Book of Colours shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards

We are delighted to see in The Bookseller that The Crayons’ Book of Colours written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards (Baby and Toddler category).

This is the fourth year of the awards, now in partnership with BookTrust, and Pete Selby, head of books and music at Sainsbury’s, described the shortlist as the “strongest yet”.

We’re delighted to be partnering with BookTrust for the 2017 Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards. As the UK’s largest Children’s reading charity, the BookTrust’s initiatives and promotion reach millions of Children each year, recognising the power of reading to transform a child’s life. At Sainsbury’s we feel equally passionate about supporting our youngest customers at the start of this journey and the Awards were set up to celebrate and promote all that is wonderful about Children’s publishing.

Pete Selby

Published in the UK by HarperCollins, The Crayons’ Book of Colours is a hilarious board book continuing the escapades of the brightly coloured characters that readers have come to love from the bestselling picture books The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Come Home. In this outing you can join our crayon chums as they create a birthday card for Duncan filled with firetrucks, dragons and even wheat!

The 15 nominated titles across the five categories will be judged by a guest panel including Axel Sheffler, and the winners will be announced on the 23rd of August.

We wish the best of luck to all the artists shortlisted!

Out Today: Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke

We are delighted to see the publication of Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story by Rachel Clarke, which hits bookshelves today.

I am a junior doctor. It is 4 a.m. I have run arrest calls, treated life-threatening bleeding, held the hand of a young woman dying of cancer, scuttled down miles of dim corridors wanting to sob with sheer exhaustion, forgotten to eat, forgotten to drink, drawn on every fibre of strength that I possess to keep my patients safe from harm.

Rachel Clarke is an NHS hospital doctor who specialises in caring for patients at the end of life. Prior to her career in medicine, she worked as a television journalist, producing and directing current affairs documentaries on subjects such as Al Qaeda, the Gulf War and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before deciding at the age of 29 to retrain as a doctor.

Your Life in My Hands is a searing look into the life of a junior doctor in today’s fraught NHS, and is described by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow as “written with humanity and compassion that at times reduced me to tears.”

You can see Rachel in action on the 18th of July, as she takes part in a discussion panel for the London Guardian Live event How to Save the NHS, alongside Anita Charlesworth, Sir David Nicholson and Lord Norman Warner.

Your Life in My Hands is published by John Blake, and you can buy your very own copy here

… and you can keep up to date with Rachel by following her on Twitter @doctor_oxford.

Happy Publication Day to This is NOT a Fairy Tale, written by Will Mabbitt and illustrated by Fred Blunt

We are wishing a very Happy Publication Day to This is Not a Fairy Tale, the new picture book adventure written by Will Mabbitt and illustrated by Fred Blunt.

Sophie doesn’t want a fairy tale about drippy princesses and pompous princes, she wants the princess to do the rescuing, with a ferocious, fighting transformer! Together Sophie and her dad revolutionise story time for a second time in this clever, funny and heart-ravingly exciting picture book, sure to inspire and delight every little girl and boy.
This hilarious follow up to This is Not a Bedtime Story is jam-packed full of the same fantastic humour and liveliness of the first book, and is sure to be as big a hit with readers of all ages.
Published by Puffin Books, you can buy your very own copy here
… and to keep up to date with Will follow him on Twitter @gomabbitt!