The Bookbag Reviews A Crown of Despair by Jenny Mandeville

A Crown of Despair by Jenny MandevilleA Crown of Despair by Jenny Mandeville, published last month, is the story of Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Katherine Parr.

The lovely folks over The Bookbag have reviewed the book, dubbing it ‘totally absorbing’ but warning that, while there was occasion to giggle, this is ‘a story for all but the extremely anatomically squeamish’.

‘Jenny Mandeville has gone where the likes of Philippa Gregory may have feared to tread, a daring that works well and that I can’t help but applaud heartily.’

For the full review, click here. To order your copy now, check out our website.

Gardens Illustrated Reviews ‘Growing For Food and Colour’ by Graham Clarke

Growing cover:Layout 1Gardens Illustrated have reviewed the gorgeous ‘Growing for Food & Colour’ by Graham Clarke.

‘this is a solid book that a beginner gardener can turn to again and again for good advice’ – Gardens Illustrated

In their review, Gardens Illustrated said that the book has ‘everything… a beginner might need’ and is ‘detailed and thorough’. The review goes on to say that ‘this is a solid book that a beginner gardener can turn to again and again for good advice’. Clarke’s voice is also described as being ‘warm, humorous and authoritative’.


Over the past four or five years in the UK, the grow-your-own phenomenon has meant that more and more people have been producing their own food. From salads and root crops to apples, cucumbers, squashes and strawberries, home-grown food is enjoyed in ever-increasing quantities.

And why not? Growing your own provides exercise, nutritious food, and gardeners can choose their favourite varieties for taste or yield. But what about those who want to grow their own, but perhaps have a small garden, and do not want to lose its decorative appeal? How can they combine growing their own food with flowers and colour?

Growing for Food and Colour shows that it really is possible to cultivate fruits, vegetables and herbs alongside flowers – and that the beauty of the garden can be enhanced rather than compromised by productive plants. Following the advice in this book will enable the reader to enjoy home-grown food that is fresher, healthier and tastier – but which also looks fantastic.

Growing for Food & Colour by Graham Clarke is available to buy now