New York Drawings
By Adrian Tomine
Adrian Tomine’s quirky cartoons depicting life in the Big Apple have been a constant feature of the city’s New Yorker newspaper. This compendium brings together almost seven years worth of illustrations which perfectly showcase the schizophrenic nature of the world’s most iconic modern city. Whether you’ve been or not, you’ll still be able to raise a wry smile at the contradictions and everyday oddities Tomine captures so colourfully.
By Joe Abercrombie
Sharp and unsympathetic, with a talent for turning the hideous into the hilarious, Joe Abercrombie is a fantasy writer for those who aren’t interested in dragons or dwarves. Diverging slightly from the territory of his epic First Law trilogy, Red Country tells the tale of Shy- a woman with a very shady past- and her attempts to rescue her kidnapped younger siblings. Deliciously dark and full of action, this is another excellent effort from Abercrombie.
The Lonely Planet
Laced with beautiful photographs, this Lonely Planet guide is the ultimate ‘ideas generator’ for those who are planning either a gap year or overseas holiday. Adventures include everything from mountain treks to encounters with animals, and each one offers you a glimpse of a life a little less structured and safe than the one you probably lead now. While not everything here can be funded on a student loan there’s still enough to have you itching for the airport.
By Robert Kirkman
Zombies, zombies, zombies! Every facet of modern culture has been penetrated by our insatiable demand for the undead. Marvel got in on the act a couple of years ago, giving us some seriously unhealthy looking superheroes. While this ‘alternative reality’ series of stories might not be the best in terms of plot, there is something distinctly satisfying about seeing iconic comic book characters trying to eat each other.
Great British Bake Off: Learn to Bake
By Linda Collister
Merging talent show with cookery demonstration, Great British Bake Off had dubious TV qualities. While its plodding, nicey-nicey cast of frumpy, middle class baking superstars weren’t exactly sexy, the same couldn’t be said of their food. Bread, cakes, muffins, biscuits and tarts were beamed across your living room, inducing dangerous hunger pangs throughout. Loaded with recipes and tips, this accompanying book will soon have you knee deep in spilled flour and icing sugar.