Friday, 28 October 2011

Win! A signed copy of the Domestic Sluttery book!


*Update* We have a winner! Melanie Heavenly! You've won. Email us, tell us where to send your book (and what to write in it) and we'll post it out to you this weekend.

The Domestic Sluttery book is finally out in the wild! It's pretty, it's real (we can hold it and everything) and we're so excited that you get to see what we've been writing about for most of 2011. We've also got a signed copy to give to one of you!

What's inside? All original content that you won't have seen on the blog before, amazing recipes (including the most magical cake we've ever made), Liberace makes an appearance and there are even quotes from the very wise Dr Seuss.

What do you have to do to win? Just leave a comment below telling us what your favourite book is.  Fiction, non fiction we don't mind, just don't leave an anonymous comment because we won't know who you are. We'll enter you into a draw at 6pm today and post your book out tomorrow morning on our way to buy bacon sandwiches.

Good luck everyone!

146 comments:

  1. It's got to be Lord of the Rings. All of them :) x

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  2. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. It's disgustingly good.

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  3. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch. Cor that is a good book.

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  4. My favourite book of all time is probably Jane Eyre, read it all the time.

    My favourite non fiction right now is The Boy Who Bakes, the new book by Edd Kimber. I got it signed last weekend! :)

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  5. Shortcuts to getting a life by Gael Lindenfield. Fantastic advice! :)

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  6. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - I've loved it since I was 15 and still do now!

    This looks like a great book! Good luck everyone

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  7. My Favourite book is The Jester by James Patterson, i have a very well copy of it and may need to purchase a 2nd!

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  8. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

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  9. My favourite book - gosh that's tricky! It's like being asked which is your favourite child (Ok, not really, and I don't have any children, but you catch my drift. Maybe my favourite type of cake.)
    Anyway, since you need an answer, and aside from yours, obviously...
    I would probably say that my favourite book is (a cliche) the Lord of the Rings, because I discover something new in it every time I re-read it. And also because I think anyone that invents multiple new languages with a cohesive and plausible grammatical structure deserves respect.

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  10. My favourite book of all time is Wuthering Heights. x

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  11. Caroline Robinson28 October 2011 at 12:11

    Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll

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  12. This is a tricky one! at the moment it's my new mexican cookbook that I got for my birthday, otherwise it's 1984.x

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  13. My favourite book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger... I loves that Holden Caulfield!

    Your new book is very purdy!

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  14. Too hard to choose one but "Possessing the Secret of Joy" by Alice Walker.

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  15. My fave is One Day - David Nicholls! So romantical!

    blog: www.thelovelypenguin.blogspot.com
    twitter: @paula_dee

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  16. My favourite non fiction book - The dangerous book for boys.

    My favourite fiction book - The curious incident of the dog in the night time.

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  17. The Diary of a Nobody by the Grossmith Brothers, a lovely pointless little story!

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  18. Mine is Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov. It is about a penguin called Mischa who likes baths, and about a chap who writes obituaries.

    Very jolly.

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  19. Hi! My favourite book in the whole world is Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Made into a very special film starring my favourite girl crush, Rachel McAdams. But the book is amazing, hauntingly beautiful, and affects you in a way no other book can. Read it if you haven't already!

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  20. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is the last book I read that I could barely put down, I'm a total vampire obsessive :/
    x

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  21. Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier. It still makes me shiver after about 27 reads.

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  22. Tough question! Mine is Hollow Chocolate Bunnies Of The Apocolypse by Robert Rankin.

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  23. The Bell Jar. Love me some Plath, I do.

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  24. The Island by Victoria Hislop, makes me want to run away to Greece!

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  25. At the moment it's a baby name dictionary, I'm stuck and time is running out!

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  26. I won't be original too: Lord of the Rings, hands down.

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  27. My favourite book is The Time Traveller's Wife. Pure comfort reading, and beautifully told - as though you can hear the characters speaking directly to you. Nat / @NatDK

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  28. Time Travelers Wife - love it (not so much the film though)

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  29. Cocaine Nights by JG Ballard - put me off ever going to the Costa Del Sol ..

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  30. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin. It had me putting the book down so I could take a moment to repeat 'oh my god' to myself under my breath.

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  31. Have just read 'Are we nearly there yet?' By Ben Hatch , so at the moment that's my favourite! Hilarity and sadness combined.

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  32. The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson,Kate Pickett

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  33. Ooo this is difficult, when I was younger it was Onwards and Upwards, then it changes the more I read. Really like the one I am reading at the moment Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe as it's a lovely story with receipes in it that you can make :0)

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  34. "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing with the pits?"

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  35. My all time favourite book is The Pirates' Tale by Janet Aitchison & Jill McDonald. It's an old children's book from the 70s & before you judge me it's incredible. It was written by a 5 year old & contains all the elements vital to a story - naughty but loveable pirates, adventure, hi-jinks & tragedy. Along with the most amazing illustrations EVER. My mum used to read it to me when I was poorly & I now read my (very) dog-eared copy to my niece. If you can find a copy (it's long out of print) get it - but you can't have mine! :)

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  36. My Favourite book is the Hummingbird Bakery book - lots of lovely recipies :) xx

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  37. Interview With a Vampire; I don't think any other vampire story can come close to it (sorry Mr Stoker!) The prose is beautiful & it's a very philosophical book too!

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  38. The Goddess Guide by Gisele Scanlon - It's just such a beautiful presented book!! I like :-)

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  39. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

    This looks like my kind of book too!

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  40. My favourite book is most definitely Mrs Dalloway by Virgina Woolf! Absolutely beautifully written! A must-read for any Domestic Slut!

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  41. My proper grown-up favourite is Rebecca. Partly because that is my name but mostly because it is very moving and was a psychological thriller before people wrote psychological thrillers!

    I still have a very soft spot for Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree books, too!

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  42. Either The Stand by Stephen King, or Gone With the Wiind by Magarette Michelle. Love books!!!!

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  43. Fav book would have to be Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, simply because even now, just thinking about the last scene in the book, I can feel myself welling up!

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  44. Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising". It's just amazing.

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  45. I think the book that has been beside my bed and picked up so many times over the years, just because, has to be When We Were Very Young by A A Milne.

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  46. Current favourite reading material are the awesome "Locke and Key" graphic novels by Joe Hill - some gorgeous artwork, too!

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  47. That is so hard to answer! Fav of the ones I have recently read is 'When God was a Rabbit' by Sarah Winman - I laughed so hard I nearly fell off the sofa! Best non fiction I've read in a long while is 'Black Diamonds' by Catherine Bailey - fantastic story of a family. And an old favourite I'd love to read again is 'Testament of Youth' by Vera Britain. Books are like music - they suit a mood, fill your soul and provide the back drop to your life.

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  48. God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, a wonderful book.

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  49. Oh that is such a hard question to answer. I think it will have to be Dracula. It's a vampire thing.

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  50. "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept" by Elizabeth Smart. Or Stig of the Dump....!

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  51. My favourite book will always be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It started off my love of reading when I was young, which hasn't stopped since!

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  52. My favourite book at the moment is Stephen Fry's 'Making History' - Brilliant Story about what would the world be like if Hitler hadn't exsisted..such a good writter! Plus there's a cat on the front cover... :)

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  53. My pick is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Just a brilliant book, and I can't believe it hasn't been made into a film yet

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  54. Now I'm pondering how to define a "favorite."

    However, the one I really consistently recommend to people is "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why" by Laurence Gonzales. It's not just about "epic tragedy" stories, though - it's science, and philosophy, getting into the workings of the brain and the thinking patterns and all kinds of things that ultimately apply to how we approach surviving illness, relationships, and life in general.

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  55. I do rather like Rebecca (apparently a trend) but I'd have to say that my favourite book is 100 years of solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - such a complex intriguing book, in English and in Spanish! xx

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  56. I really like Christopher Brookmyre's crime books. My favourite is One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night. Very good fun and I've reread it at least 4 times

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  57. My favourite is one I read in my teenage years, but still love...
    The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

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  58. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland......never gets old!

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  59. I would have to say The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver. Much better than the film.

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  60. Little Women (with Good Wives, Part II) by Louisa M Alcott, a gorgeous, funny, dramatic, sometimes desperately sad read, everything's there! One for a cosy afternoon in front of the fire...

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  61. Grown up book is 'Jane Eyre', but as a parent, it's hard to beat 'Go the f**k to sleep'.

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  62. The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

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  63. A Song of Ice and Fire (OK, so it's more than one book but it is AMAZING)

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  64. Oh so many, but the fact that I found myself hoping for red traffic lights so I could read the Stieg Larson trilogy probably pips others to the post.

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  65. The Accomplice Saga by Steve Aylett

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  66. Don't think I've grown up yet, probably never will... I have a dead-heat between Black Beauty & Watership Down.

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  67. Probably The Green Mile by Stephen King. It's the only book that's ever made me cry.

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  68. Definitely has to be Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, actually A LOT darker than you would think

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  69. I Tend to go through phases as far a my favourite book goes but I think my all time favourite has to be Roald Dahl's Matilda. My childhood copy looks so scrappy because it's been read so much! Really looking forward to going to see the musical adaption in December!

    Congrats on the book! X

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  70. The Time Travelers wife is my favourite novel ,

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  71. My favourite is and always will be Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I used to think that the book was secretly about me...maybe I still do... x

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  72. From childhood - Tip Tip in the Sun

    Ahhhhh

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  73. Umberto Eco - In the name of the Rose

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  74. The Twelfth Angel by Og Mandino.

    It's not the most amazing book I've ever read, but it's been handed around our family so many times as a story of inspiration. It's our families 'happy book' - whenever someone feels upset or down they get a pack of biscuits, a tea bag and this book in the post :)

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  75. My favourite book has to be To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (with Nigella's Kitchen a close second!) x

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  76. The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles. You can travel without leaving your sofa!

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  77. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan, I read this as a teenager and thought it was so chic!

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  78. At the minute, Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. x

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  79. 'The House of the Spirits' by Isabel Allende - gawjus! :-)

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  80. Can I have 7? I love Stephen King's Dark Tower series, but my favourite of the lots would be The Drawing of the Three.

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  81. Any book that helps me escape real life after a rubbish day in the office - so at the moment it's 'In the darkest corner'by Elizabeth Haynes

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  82. The book of Thieves by david benioff. Fantastic story!

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  83. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - makes me homesick for Africa.

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  84. History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes. Especially the half chapter!

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  85. Beloved by Toni Morrison, studied it for A level and loved it ever since!

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  86. Oh, tough choice. Of my actual books I own, maybe The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde that my dad bought for me before I was born (he must have known!)

    xx

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  87. Jose Sarramago's Blindness is my favourite book. Amazing experience of a book.

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  88. What a question! :D
    I'd have to say Pride and Prejudice :)

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  89. So difficult, so I'll just say the book I think I've re-read the most. The Colours of Snow by Kate Fenton.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your lovely book :o)

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  90. I love the Jasper Fforde books - 'The Eyre Affair' is really good x

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  91. My Sister's Keeper

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  92. Definitely The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde :)

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  93. Chocolat for the most mouth watering descriptions

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  94. The Little Stranger by Sarah Walters. Brooding, atmospheric and rather spooky - one of those ones that `stays with you' long after you've read it's closing words.

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  95. flowers in the attic - virgina andrews

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  96. Pride and Prejudice - th original domestic slute!! :D

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  97. It may be an old cliché, but my favourite book is Pride & Prejudice. After watching the BBC adaptation at a young age and falling in love with Colin Firth's Mr Darcy, I have read and re-read Jane Austen's classic countless times. It never fails to make me laugh, transports me to a time when women were ladies and men were 'gentleman' (well, apart from Mr Wycombe, obviously) and makes me yearn for empire line dresses and bonnets to become high fashion again. Elizabeth Bennett is true a heroine, even by modern day standards (you can't help but go 'yesssss!' at her put down of Lady Catherine de Burgh) and if plonked in the 21st century, she would definitely be a domestic slut.

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  98. My BEST read? It has to be something I can savor, even just bits and pieces of it. So I will put forth The Debt to Pleasure by John Lancaster.

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  99. The wheel of time by Robert Jordan!

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  100. I love A prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It made me laugh, cry, empathise and feel totally absorbed - everthing a good books should!

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  101. A Series of Unfortunate Events, as good old Mr. Snicket seems to me like a bit of a domestic slut himself.

    "Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear."

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  102. Room with a View by E.M. Forster. Well, basically anything by E.M. Forster... Thanks!

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  103. Struggle to pick one, so I'll go for my favourite as a wee girl "The Very Hungy Caterpillar" - a classic.

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  104. My favourite book is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. It was sheer brilliance.

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  105. Deric Longden - Diana's Story - so heartrending yet funny, too - it's the story of his wife's battle with ME. I was lucky enough to meet him at a book signing/talk and he's just lovely.

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  106. The god of small things by Arundhati Roy xx

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  107. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Definitely.

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  108. My favourite book has got to be The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald - what more could you want, a glamorous setting, a dramatic unfurling of events and a truly beautiful descriptive edge. The news that Leonardo di Caprio is soon to reprise the role of Gatsby next year in the new retelling of the tale only serves to heighten my love.

    (Favourite non fiction however is Hope and Greenwood's sweet recipe book, because who can resist home made sweets?!)

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  109. My colouring book - well there is no way I could single out just one reading book

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  110. The Catcher In The Rye is my favourite book and also my husband's, so much so we named our first born and our pet hamster after 2 of the characters!

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  111. Changes all the time but today it's Mary Berry's Baking Bible :-)

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  112. Saffron Gardenchild28 October 2011 at 17:33

    It has to be the Oxford English Dictionary. I read a page a day (of the Concise O.E.D) when I was growing up. Not in order, as that would be silly :)

    Without its contents nothing else could have been written, and along with the Lord Of The Rings and other books that were read to me as a child it gave me a passion for language, and mucking around with it :D

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  113. Most recently, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer... amazing story and rips at your heart strings.

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  114. Got to be the famous five. You can't beat lashings and lashings of ginger ale and picnics combined with adventure!

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  115. The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh. It makes me laugh out loud and appreciate a dark sense of humour

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  116. I really love 'The Great Gatsby.' It portrays the decadent, glamourous 1920s beautifully and tragically.

    www.thefabulousmission.blogspot.com

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  117. 'Kathryn' By Anya Seaton- All time favourite, close call over Tess of the D'Urbervilles!

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  118. Wuthering Heights!!! Oh Heathcliffe!!

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  119. The Little Prince, timeless classic! x

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  120. Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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  121. Currently BBC Good Food Christmas. I've been planning you see! :-)

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  122. Atonement by Ian McEwan. I read it quite a while before the film came out!

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  123. To Kill a Mocking Bird ....deep down its as sweet as a cupcake :)

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  124. I'm such a technophobe, I've probably submitted this already! However, my favourite book is 'Three Cups of Tea' by/about Greg Mortenson. Very inspiring. Now pass the tissues...

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  125. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks because it is incredible and How to Be A Woman because it hilarious and soooo right about all the things!

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  126. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran xx

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  127. Catch-22. They're all trying to kill me!

    For all those who have tried and failed - try again, this book is worth it!

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  128. I agree with those who said that picking one's favourite book is like trying to pick a favourite child, even for those of us without offspring. ;-)

    That being said, of what I've read in the last couple of months, it would probably be a tie between Diana Athill's "Stet" and Neil Peart's "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour By Motorcycle": two very different books but with the common theme of personal reflection in very public businesses (book publishing and rock music).

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  129. At the moment? I have a three month old, so, 'Guess How Much I Love You' :0)

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  130. Oranges are not the only fruit by Jeanette Winterson. Because it's fab.

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  131. J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace" and Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". I can't choose!

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  132. Not really a classic, but 'Are you Dave Gorman' still cracks me up, and is where it all started for Danny and Dave. Best bit? Where Danny tries to get his own back and find Danny Wallaces as revenge

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  133. Wind in the willows. Love Ratty, Toady and Moley!
    Laura

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  134. It's got to be The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, it never fails to cheer me up :)

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  135. Ah, this is impossible! I'm going to go for the little white horse - I read it as a child and fell in love with the prose. They made a film of it recently, the secret of moonacre manor, and it made me very cross!
    Having trouble commenting as me, but I can be found on twitter as @creaky_girl

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  136. The Crimson Petal and the White by Micheal Faber. Closely followed by Eat Me! by Xanthe Milton. x

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  137. No more comments! We're off out for dinner and we'll announce when we're back.

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  138. I have read AA Milne's Winnie - the - Pooh's stories countless times but I never get tired of them, they are simply too wonderful for words.

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