OLD fashioned gingerbread and "big lumps of sugar" for grating may not immediately spring to mind for inclusion in any modern recipe book, but Lesley Simpson can smell an appealing whiff of nostalgia from across a kitchen table.
BOOKS are time-honoured Christmas gifts and there are plenty of new offerings to choose from, which would make lovely presents for a family member or friend – or just a well-deserved treat for yourself.
CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK THE Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris, published in hardback by Egmont Yep, it's by Barney! For non-How I Met Your Mother fans, this is actor and comedian Neil Patrick Harris's debut fiction for kids, and you can certainly hear him in the prose.
AS VETERAN rockers Queen return to Ireland this weekend for sold-out dates in Dublin and Belfast, those missing out on Brian May and Roger Taylor's modern day version of the band fronted by Adam Lambert can now travel back in time to the Freddie Mercury days by pouring over Mr May's excellent new book, Queen in 3-D.
THE good folks at No Alibis bookshop will be bringing the supremely talented US author and musician Willy Vlautin back to Belfast next year to coincide with the publication of his new novel, Don't Skip Out On Me.
WHEN publishers HarperCollins sent me Bruce 'Iron Maiden' Dickinson's new autobiography What Does This Button Do? a couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed the first couple of chapters so much I actually splashed out on the audiobook version from Audible.
HE'S been bitten by a poisonous snake, toppled by a cow, dragged to the ground by vicious geese and terrorised by a sheep – but for animal-loving Paul O'Grady, it's all just part and parcel of countryside life.