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QBD Reviews: Serpent and Dove

Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, Serpent and Dove is a tale of witchcraft and forbidden love, that will leave readers burning for more. The first book in a duology it is the perfect read for lovers of Sara Holland or Brigid Kemmerer.

"This is an intriguing debut novel from Shelby Mahurin and I cannot wait to see what else she has to bring. Serpent & Dove is a captivating fantasy novel that entwines magic in such an intriguing way. Combine that with a romance that is off the charts and you are in for a ride! Serpent & Dove is such a refreshing YA fantasy and I cannot wait for the next book."

Angelique, QBD

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We've brought our most popular Black Friday offers back for a limited time! Save on popular fiction titles, puzzles and mini books.

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Suitable for ages 3 and above, these adorable mini books are legible and fully recyclable. Some of the titles included are Storm Boy, Do Not Open This Book, Paw Patrol: Jurassic Bark, The Famous Five and more...
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Merry Christmas from Fiona McIntosh…

Hello everyone and greetings from South Australia!

We’re entering the silly season even though this may sound clichéd, I am giving everyone either a book, jigsaw or game for this year. Christmas giving in my opinion has got entirely out of control in demanding we all give each other bigger, better, expensive gifts beneath the tree. I’m sure the tradition didn’t begin that way. For me the logic for this year and long may it continue in our household is to encourage all those I love to get lost in a good story, or laugh with each other playing a game, or really get those neural networks toiling hard over small jigsaw pieces, ignoring the temptation to fetch the scissors to make it fit!

I want our Christmas to be about good food and simple pleasures that reading and playing games, and slothing about in pyjamas can achieve.

I know not everyone loves the cooking aspect and I’m one of those fortunate to enjoy rising to the challenge of the feasting menu. None of it gives me more pleasure than the smaller goodies that I can pull out over the Christmas week.

I road-tested old-fashioned cinder toffee, a long time tradition for Christmas down the centuries. It is not honeycomb.

Here’s a recipe if you’d like to try…the only drag is that a sugar thermometer is especially helpful. Please don’t make this around small children as hot sugar is lethal, but if you follow it carefully, you too can have a platter of crunchy cinder toffee to pull out when everyone feels like another sugar hit. Oh, and why not melt some chocolate and let them dip their own!

Cinder Toffee

  • 165g demerara sugar
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 60ml golden syrup
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 15g butter, diced, plus extra to grease
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Chocolate to melt and dip - milk/ dark or both


1. Put the sugars, syrup, water and butter in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan with a pinch of salt.
2. Heat gently, stirring, until the sugars and butter have dissolved, then turn up the heat to simmer until it reaches 138C and is bubbling amber ( 10-15 minutes).

3. Meanwhile, generously grease a square cake tin.  I used one that is 23cm. Put the bicarbonate of soda nearby. When the mixture gets to temperature, take it off the heat and quickly whisk in the bicarb, making sure it is well mixed in.  Always use two thick tea towels to move the pan.
4. Pour into the tin and leave to set. After about 15 minutes, you can smash it into shards and pile on a plate.

Newsflash: 2019 Booker Prize winners announced

This year’s Booker Prize has been announced in London today and for the first time in almost 30 years, the prize has been jointly awarded to two authors – Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Bernadine Evaristi for Girl, Woman, Other.

The judging panel (Peter Florence, Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo, Afua Hirsch and Joanna MacGregor) said that The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other were “fully engaged novels, they are both linguistically inventive, they are adventurous in all kinds of ways. They address the world today and give us insights into it and create characters who resonate with us, and will resonate with us for ages”.

Evaristo’s win makes her the first black woman to win the Booker since it began in 1969 and the first black British author. At 79, Atwood becomes the prize’s oldest winner. The Canadian author previously won the Booker in 2000 for The Blind Assassin; she becomes the fourth author to have won the prize twice.

The pair
will split the literary award's £50,000 prize money equally.