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Feb 05

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, so what gifts to give?

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I thought this Bath Gem Spa Light was fun. It is actually shaped like a gem and ‘the beloved’ floats it in the bath, but it needs  3 x 1.5v AAA batteries so make sure you buy those too. It floats on the surface and projects a light display across the bottom of the bath.

You can select various modes, from relaxing to all singing all dancing. It’s fun.

£12.00 from Hawkins Bazaar shops or www.hawkin.com

For those who’ve come a cropper, Valentine’s Day can be a gut grinding time, so be a friend, buy her/him The Ladybird Book of The Ex. Go on, raise a smile.

It’s £7.99 from Hawkin’s Bazaar shops or www.hawkin.com

A brilliant book by Rory Clements – CORPUS, could be a winner for anyone who loves Robert Harris, and who doesn’t. This is as good, of course it is, it’s Rory Clements after all, the award-winning Sunday Times bestselling author.

It’s 1936, the war has already begun and in Berlin a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. She is found dead a few weeks later…

This is the first of a series: the atmospheric tension is superb, the research and imaginative range impressive. Loved it. So will ‘the beloved’ if they like this sort of book.

Corpus by Rory Clements. Hardback pub Zaffre: £12.99

The Story of our Lives by Helen Warner

I am preoccupied with friendship at the moment, after seeing someone I know being looked after by teams of her friends; meals cooked, people keeping her company to help her through the gruelling treatment. Unasked, but there for her.

Helen Warner has written a novel about the highs and lows of female friendship as she follows four inspirational women over the course of twenty years of friendship. But of course, that’s not all. There is a lie which could tear them apart – but does it? Read it and see.

Warner writes a pacey thoughtful exploration of friendship: whoever receives it will enjoy it.

The Story of our Lives by Helen Warner. Pub HQ on 8th February. Hardback/ebook/audio