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Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019A world of flavoursIt’s sometimes suggested that British cookery is not as good as, say, French or Italian, but nothing could be further from the truth. Firstly, if you seek out good food, or even just watch Countryfile, you’ll know our homegrown ingredients are world beating. But more importantly, we’ve always been open to inspiration from other cultures. Our long affection for the Indian subcontinent means spices are now a store-cupboard staple, Chinese and Thai flavours abound, and of course we’ve adopted the best ideas from Europe, too. So nothing could be more British than our Easter feast on page 24, and yet it’s full of inspiration from across the seas. Do give it a try. Group Lifestyle Director geoffrey.palmer @ti-media.com Call of the wild We tried and failed to create a wildflower…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Come on INSIDE!Where I read mine I always buy Woman’s Weekly in Belgium, in order to keep up with what’s going on in England. The problem is that I never find time to read, so when on holiday, I take plenty of copies and catch up. Here I am in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Annie Vanleenhove, Belgium ✿ We’d love to see where you read your copy of Woman’s Weekly. The more exotic the location, the better! Happy face Here’s a picture of my lovely grandson, Jenson. He is just one-week-old here and has obviously enjoyed his last feed. Frances Malsbury, St Albans Treasured cookbook When I was newly married in the early 70s, I bought this cookery book which has been invaluable throughout the years. It is quite…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Meet our clubI’d love to tell you about my Clothes Swap group – we’re not a membership organisation but we meet up about three times a year and invite a bunch of friends to join us, swap clothes and raise money for charity.I was introduced to clothes swapping about 10 years ago and then decided to do my own, and Roz and Caroline are complete stalwarts.We invite around 10 women each time and lay on nibbles and drinks. Everyone arrives bearing large shoppers full of gorgeous clothes they no longer wear. We arrange them in piles in the sitting room, then take it in turns to play auctioneer. We start the bidding at £1, but the fun really starts when two or three person want the same item and there’s a bidding…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019What you’re WEARINGTheresa Brooker, 67Tell us about your look…I like quite simple, easy shapes – slightly sporty – but always with a dash of colour! I love skinny jeans or Capri pants. I found these stretchy trousers in Sainsbury’s. They often have some really nice things. My jumper is from Topshop. My scarf was a present and I bought my Gabor boots in France. My favourite place to shop is French Connection. I also do a lot of knitting so often wear my own jumpers.And the best bit of your body?My legs.You wore it wellEthel Annie, née Davis, Sent in by her granddaughter, Judi ChapmanThis photo of my grandparents was taken in Melbourne, Australia, some time between the First and Second World Wars, by a street photographer. My grandparents left Tilbury Docks…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019It’s the week to...Join... An Easter Egg Hunt Join the National Trust to run through woodlands, gardens and nature trails on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. What’s more, you’ll be supporting vital conservation work and helping protect our heritage for the future. ✿ Visit nationaltrust.org.ukfor dates and venues Enjoy... Henley Festival The UK’s most glamorous, intimate festival returns to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 10-14 July. Acts already confirmed include Boy George, Jessie J, Tom Odell and Julian Clary. ✿ Tickets on sale now. Visit henley-festival.co.uk Book... The Music of Bond Celebrate the world’s most famous secret agent with a concert of iconic theme music and songs. Licence to Thrill’s programme will include legendary opening numbers from movies such as From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019What’s it WORTH?Art Deco broochMade by Rood by royal appointment, this stunning plaque brooch was in its original fitted silk-lined case. This one proved that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend when it sold for £5,800, plus buyer’s premium. The diamonds are set in platinum, with the largest at one carat. It measures approximately 8cm and dates from around 1910.Royal Worcester cabinet cup and saucerThis exquisitely hand-painted cup and saucer was made by Royal Worcester in 1913. It depicts a peaco*ck and has a gilded interior and handle. The saucer is signed by the artist WH Austin. Unusually, the matching cup is signed by another artist, John Flexman. This has a value at auction of £40-£60.DO YOU HAVE ANY FABULOUS ANTIQUE FINDS? WE’D LOVE TO SEE THEM. SEND A PICTURE AND…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-20195 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BACTERIA1 Limit antibiotics They kill off crucial gut bugs, some of which can take years to return. 2 Head outdoors To increase your exposure to a variety of microbes and vitamin D, which help gut flora flourish. 3 Control stress High levels of the stress hormone cortisol restricts your nutrient absorption and digestion. 4 Reduce processed food intake Artificial sweeteners, flavourings and preservatives can kill off your gut bugs. 5 Get your hands dirty A spot of gardening will bring you into contact with the trillions of bacteria found in the soil.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019‘I’ll carry on FOREVER ’‘I was terribly shy when I was young. Now I love being on the road’ Bonnie Tyler has just released a new album, Between the Earth and the Stars, her first in six years. ‘It all came about by accident,’ she says. ‘But I think it’s my best ever.’ And that’s saying something given her 50-year track record. ‘I’d been called the female Rod Stewart for years’ We are sitting in her magnificent early Victorian house set in four acres of land and overlooking Swansea Bay, sparkling obligingly in the early spring sunshine. She’s 67 now – she’ll be 68 in June – but you’d never know it. ‘Thank God for Botox!’ she says, with that husky bark of a laugh. It’s more than her smooth skin, though. The tumble…5 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019It’s A Funny Old WorldAnyone seen Emma?’ we asked casually.Emma is our daughter. She was about 10 at the time and had decided to wander off from the dinner table where we were enjoying some fine cuisine.We were somewhere in the Mediterranean on board the old QE2, a grande dame of the seas and flagship then of the Cunard line.I suppose we should have been concerned, but Emma had quickly made the ship her home and found new friends. It felt safe.‘I think you’ll find her in the pub,’ said the maître d’, ‘last heard of doing karaoke.’Abandoning our coffee and petit* fours, we made our way down to The Golden Lion. And there she was... a tiny girl singing her heart out with her young group of fellow cruisers, entertaining the pub with…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Dear FASHION EDITOR...Travel in styleQ I’m going on holiday and I’m looking for something comfortable but stylish to travel in. It’s always chilly on planes, so it needs to be adaptable.A Layering is key when it comes to keeping up with the changing temperatures. Mix classic T-shirts with cosy long cardigans that you can wrap around yourself for comfort and remove easily when necessary. Wide-leg trousers or culottes are not too tight and will keep you looking relaxed and chic. Opt for brighter colours – they will perk up your complexion and your mood after a long day travelling.Jazzy accessoryQ What’s an easy way to update an outfit quite cheaply?A We are loving the classic neckerchief that has made an appearance in recent months. Ideal for jazzing up a T-shirt or blouse,…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Dear FASHION EDITOR...Travel in style Q I’m going on holiday and I’m looking for something comfortable but stylish to travel in. It’s always chilly on planes, so it needs to be adaptable. A Layering is key when it comes to keeping up with the changing temperatures. Mix classic T-shirts with cosy long cardigans that you can wrap around yourself for comfort and remove easily when necessary. Wide-leg trousers or culottes are not too tight and will keep you looking relaxed and chic. Opt for brighter colours – they will perk up your complexion and your mood after a long day travelling. Jazzy accessory Q What’s an easy way to update an outfit quite cheaply? A We are loving the classic neckerchief that has made an appearance in recent months. Ideal for jazzing…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Easter FEASTINGPea and trout crostiniThis simple starter has all the fabulous flavours of spring!SERVES: 8✿ 225g (8oz) frozen petit* pois, defrosted✿ Juice of ½ lemon✿ 1 garlic clove, crushed✿ Few leaves of fresh mint, torn✿ 2tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle✿ Baguette, thinly sliced into 16 pieces✿ 200g (7oz) smoked trout fillets✿ Fresh pea shoots✿ 2 sliced radishes1 Blitz together the petit* pois, lemon juice, garlic, mint and oil, then season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.2 Place the bread slices on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Grill on a low heat until lightly toasted on both sides.3 Allow to cool slightly then arrange on a serving platter. Put a good spoonful of pea purée onto each crostini, then top each with sliced trout,…6 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Easter FEASTINGPea and trout crostini This simple starter has all the fabulous flavours of spring! SERVES: 8 ✿ 225g (8oz) frozen petit* pois, defrosted ✿ Juice of ½ lemon ✿ 1 garlic clove, crushed ✿ Few leaves of fresh mint, torn ✿ 2tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle ✿ Baguette, thinly sliced into 16 pieces ✿ 200g (7oz) smoked trout fillets ✿ Fresh pea shoots ✿ 2 sliced radishes 1 Blitz together the petit* pois, lemon juice, garlic, mint and oil, then season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve. 2 Place the bread slices on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Grill on a low heat until lightly toasted on both sides. 3 Allow to cool slightly then arrange on a serving platter. Put a…6 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019COPING WITH... TREMORSWe all have a natural, physiological, tremor. It’s caused by continuous ‘traffic’ down the nerves from our brains to the muscles that control bending and stretching each joint. But we’re not usually aware of it, unless it becomes exaggerated – for example, by the adrenaline surge we get when we’re anxious or angry. Hangovers/alcohol withdrawal can also cause temporary shakiness (a sign that you’ve overdone it).Many medical conditions can cause tremors, which can be embarrassing, inconvenient or occasionally disabling, so it’s important to find out the cause.Essential TremorET can run in families and becomes more common with age, affecting one in 25 older people. It doesn’t usually occur until you try to use the affected part, but may fluctuate, depending on what you’re doing (see box, right), or get worse…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Yoga has got me MOVING AGAINI was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in my early 40s when I had a very severe flare-up. I was bedridden for six months, could barely lift my arms and needed help dressing. My consultant said I’d probably be in a wheelchair within three years.I’d practised yoga a bit since my teens. Once I was on medication for my RA and I started moving a bit, I decided to explore yoga further to see whether it might help. I tried Iyengar yoga, which uses everyday props, such as belts, chairs and yoga bricks, and is accessible to everyone, regardless of health, fitness or flexibility.The more I did, the more movement I got back. Now I make sure I do it daily.The change it made to my life has been amazing.…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-20193 ways to…1 Clean the house New research from Sydney, Australia, suggests that the best way to improve your fitness is to turn everyday tasks into exercise opportunities. 2 Wash the car Carrying buckets of water is as good as lifting weights, and an energetic scrub of the paintwork is a great cardiovascular workout. 3 Do some gardening The range of movement needed for gardening tasks – from squatting, bending, raking, digging, lifting to walking – offers the perfect all-round workout for your body.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Go WILDA wildflower area can bring a beautiful and ecologically healthy mix to your garden.Use diverse plant species with a wide range of flowering periods so there is something of interest every month from March through to October. Buying seed mixes can make this easier, or choose from our wonderful selection here. Prepare the soil for sowing by getting rid of weeds and loosening the soil with a fork. There is no need to enrich it as wildflowers thrive on poor soil. Tread the soil to firm then rake before broadcasting the meadow mix at 40 grams per sq m over the area. Ox-eye daisies (above) are one of June’s prettiest sights and can cope with being mown a couple of times a year. Grow from seeds or plugs and cut…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Here TO HELPShe asks for too much QI’ve got a friend who, when I suggest we catch up on the phone, says she’ll come round. That usually results in a three-hour chat when all I wanted was an hour. I also have to get food in so we can nibble while we talk, and I end up feeling disgruntled and put upon. Lesley, Hull A What happens after she says she’ll come round? I assume you tell her that would be lovely. So, what’s holding you back from saying what you want? Saying no isn’t easy, and it’s a skill we all need to learn, otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time feeling, as you say, put upon. So why not explain that today you’ve only got an hour to spare, and…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019THE ALGARVE1 BEACHES GALOREThe coast of the Algarve is an endless series of some of Europe’s best beaches. Think white stretches of sand, plus a glorious sunny climate. And with more than 150 to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.For scuba-diving, surfing and an array of watersports, try Tonel beach. In the north of the region, Praia de Odeceixe is great for family-friendly fun, while Marinha beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.2 SEE DOLPHINS IN THE WILDIf you’ve always wanted to get up close to sea creatures in their natural habitat, head to Mar Ilimitado at Sagres. Accompanied by a couple of marine biologists, you’re likely to see dolphins, whales, turtles and porpoises, as well as storm petrels, shearwaters and gannets.3 HEAD TO…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Monday’s TO-DO LISTWhy bother writing a to-do list?’ James asked. I’d lost yesterday’s list. If only I’d been the one to find it, not him. ‘So much for that article you read.’ He couldn’t resist quoting it. ‘“Write down the six most important things to do the next day and while you’re asleep your subconscious will be working out the best way to bring it to fruition.”’ What could I say? None of the things on yesterday’s list had been completed. There are more than six items. Ten, in fact. Maybe I’ll trim it down to six? I have no idea why six is the number this particular psychologist chose. There’s no limit to the crazy things that get put under the microscope. I’ll choose six things to do today from this…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019LIFE-CHANGING READSCressida Cowell The Wizards Of Once: Twice Magic , Hodder Children’s Books, out now When I was 9 I read The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s about some children who have a magic chemistry set and each chemical does a different thing. I read it aloud to my younger siblings and loved the joy of making them laugh, their thrill at the magic... it made me want to become a children’s writer. Fatima Bhutto The Runaways , Viking, out now in hardback When I was 18 I read Robert Fisk’s Pity the Nation, which crystallised a suspicion that writing is a political act –you needn’t choose politics or prose, you can have both. Reading Midnight’s Children and An Area of Darkness have reminded me why I…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019THE ALGARVE1 BEACHES GALORE The coast of the Algarve is an endless series of some of Europe’s best beaches. Think white stretches of sand, plus a glorious sunny climate. And with more than 150 to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For scuba-diving, surfing and an array of watersports, try Tonel beach. In the north of the region, Praia de Odeceixe is great for family-friendly fun, while Marinha beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. 2 SEE DOLPHINS IN THE WILD If you’ve always wanted to get up close to sea creatures in their natural habitat, head to Mar Ilimitado at Sagres. Accompanied by a couple of marine biologists, you’re likely to see dolphins, whales, turtles and porpoises, as well as storm petrels, shearwaters…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Wrong Mr Right?A Woman’s Weekly reader once wrote to say how much she enjoyed my work, which was kind. ‘What I really like,’ she said, ‘is that nothing ever seems to happen – it’s so relaxing.’That was a couple of years ago. These days life in our neighbourhood is absolutely action packed. We make Coronation Street look like an Open University documentary on alcohol consumption in the Greater Manchester area.Things have particularly hotted up if you are a fan of romantic storylines. First, you might remember that my daughter Juliet recently spent a couple of weeks at home because her non-marriage was on the rocks.Say what you like about the younger generation, they don’t let the grass grow under their feet, even if the grass in question has been enjoying a healthy…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019BOOK CLUB CLASSICSThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill (£8.99, PB, Vintage) The story: Up-and-coming young lawyer Arthur Kipps is summoned to settle the affairs of the recently deceased Mrs Alice Drablow. Learning that the locals tend to stay away from her spooky house, it’s not until he sees a woman dressed in black, with a ravaged face, that he realises why. Nevertheless, he takes up residence to finish his job – and it’s then that the nightmare really begins. A deliciously dark tale. Our verdict: If you like a good old-fashioned ghost story,you’ll love this spine-tingling novel. From the rocking chair in the eerie nursery to the child’s scream in the fog, it will certainly keep your nerves jangling.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019A world of flavoursIt’s sometimes suggested that British cookery is not as good as, say, French or Italian, but nothing could be further from the truth. Firstly, if you seek out good food, or even just watch Countryfile, you’ll know our homegrown ingredients are world beating. But more importantly, we’ve always been open to inspiration from other cultures. Our long affection for the Indian subcontinent means spices are now a store-cupboard staple, Chinese and Thai flavours abound, and of course we’ve adopted the best ideas from Europe, too. So nothing could be more British than our Easter feast on page 24, and yet it’s full of inspiration from across the seas. Do give it a try.Group Lifestyle Director geoffrey.palmer @ti-media.comCall of the wildWe tried and failed to create a wildflower meadow in our…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Reader garden✿ Caroline Wilkinson likes to fill the air of her tiny urban garden with scent. She’s planted white Easter lilies ( Lilium longiflorum), which shine when the sun goes down; Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), which has sweetly scented, star-shaped blooms, and the exotic-looking chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), which has maroon-chocolate blooms that fragrance the air with a hint of vanilla and are followed by sausage-shaped fruits. Roses from David Austin, such as magenta ‘William Lobb’ and pink, ‘The Generous Gardener’, embroider the air with perfume. She has also grown slim-fit climbers up wigwams and along trellis to create an intimate space and her ‘Rambling Rector’ rose, that scrambles up the neighbour’s apple tree, is a sight to behold when smothered with masses of single white flowers. It’s a mecca to…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Meet our clubI’d love to tell you about my Clothes Swap group – we’re not a membership organisation but we meet up about three times a year and invite a bunch of friends to join us, swap clothes and raise money for charity. I was introduced to clothes swapping about 10 years ago and then decided to do my own, and Roz and Caroline are complete stalwarts. We invite around 10 women each time and lay on nibbles and drinks. Everyone arrives bearing large shoppers full of gorgeous clothes they no longer wear. We arrange them in piles in the sitting room, then take it in turns to play auctioneer. We start the bidding at £1, but the fun really starts when two or three person want the same item and there’s…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019WE LOVENew egg on the block The Cadbury Crunchie Chocolate Egg is perfect for sharing with friends and family. It comes complete with three Crunchie Bars inside. ✿ £12, supermarkets nationwide Luxury egg There’s a decadent and lavishly thick Hotel Chocolat egg for every taste – from high cocoa and astonishingly creamy white, to the best-selling Rocky Road to Caramel variety. A real treat! ✿ £27, hotelchocolat.com Free-from egg Milk, wheat and gluten free, this Tesco Finest chocolate egg has a gorgeous caramel flavour, which has been enhanced with pure, hand-harvested sea salt. And it comes with five hand-decorated fondant truffles. ✿ £6.50, Tesco stores nationwide…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019It’s the week to...Join...An Easter Egg HuntJoin the National Trust to run through woodlands, gardens and nature trails on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. What’s more, you’ll be supporting vital conservation work and helping protect our heritage for the future.✿ Visit nationaltrust.org.uk for dates and venuesEnjoy...Henley FestivalThe UK’s most glamorous, intimate festival returns to its spectacular setting on the riverbank inHenley-on-Thames from 10-14 July. Acts already confirmed include Boy George, Jessie J, Tom Odell and Julian Clary.✿ Tickets on sale now. Visit henley-festival.co.ukBook...The Music of BondCelebrate the world’s most famous secret agent with a concert of iconic theme music and songs. Licence to Thrill’s programme will include legendary opening numbers from movies such as From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die and Skyfall.✿ Venues nationwide. Visit raymondgubbay.co.ukIf you love to win…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Your good TUMMY GUIDEYour gut is amazingAnd it’s complicated! It contains around 100 million neurons – ‘the same number as in a cat’s brain,’ says TV doctor Michael Mosley, author of The Clever Guts Diet . ‘And it includes a richer diversity of life than in a rainforest.’There are 50 trillion (1-2kg) of microbes living in it – the weight of a couple of bags of sugar – made up of more than 1,000 different species, including bacteria, fungi and viruses.It’s called your microbiome and its effects are felt way beyond just your gut (large intestine) by way of your stomach and toilet habits. Scientists now believe it has a huge impact throughout your body, including regulating your moods, altering your immunity levels and even dictating how much weight you gain.The brain linkYour…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-20195 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BACTERIA1 Limit antibioticsThey kill off crucial gut bugs, some of which can take years to return.2 Head outdoorsTo increase your exposure to a variety of microbes and vitamin D, which help gut flora flourish.3 Control stressHigh levels of the stress hormone cortisol restricts your nutrient absorption and digestion.4 Reduce processed food intakeArtificial sweeteners, flavourings and preservatives can kill off your gut bugs.5 Get your hands dirtyA spot of gardening will bring you into contact with the trillions of bacteria found in the soil.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019My life-changing DIAGNOSIS‘I took up flower growing after cancer’ Juliet FitzPatrick, 57, lives in Rickmansworth with her husband Liam, 57 My cancer diagnosis came out of nowhere – a shadow was picked up on a routine mammogram in early 2016 and I was sent for tests. To my horror, a biopsy on my left breast revealed cancer – and I was told I’d need a lumpectomy. After the surgery there was more bad news – I’d now need a mastectomy. After my surgery in March 2016, I decided against reconstruction and had my second breast removed for symmetry. Then came chemotherapy; and when I saw the treatment schedule I was gutted. I’d bought tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show as a Christmas present for my mum and wouldn’t be able to go.…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019It’s A Funny Old WorldAnyone seen Emma?’ we asked casually. Emma is our daughter. She was about 10 at the time and had decided to wander off from the dinner table where we were enjoying some fine cuisine. We were somewhere in the Mediterranean on board the old QE2, a grande dame of the seas and flagship then of the Cunard line. I suppose we should have been concerned, but Emma had quickly made the ship her home and found new friends. It felt safe. ‘I think you’ll find her in the pub,’ said the maître d’, ‘last heard of doing karaoke.’ Abandoning our coffee and petit* fours, we made our way down to The Golden Lion. And there she was... a tiny girl singing her heart out with her young group of fellow…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019‘My funny old week’Where I’ve been... To Antarctica on a cruise (rolcruise.co.uk). It was an extraordinary, magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would recommend everyone tries. Who I’ve met... Harry Hill. I recorded an episode of his new ITV show. It was great fun. What I’ve bought... Some wool so I can knit something for a baby. I’m going to be a granny! What I’ve seen... The new series of Fleabag on the BBC. It’s completely quirky, original, daring and funny.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019The new SPRING SCENTSLooking for something new to spritz, now spring is on the way? Before you hit the shops, take advice from the experts. Apparently, the way we buy perfume is changing. Michelle Feeney, founder of fragrance brand Floral Street says, ‘We have seen that consumers are shifting away from a ‘signature scent’ and moving into a wardrobe of fragrances to express their mood.’ With that in mind, why not swap a spritz of florals for a more modern scent this spring? These new notes are bound to get you noticed. AQUATIC Stripped-back Scandi minimalism has taken over our homes and our wardrobes, and now it’s moving into the world of scent, too. Cool, clean and rejuvenating, Bronnley England Citrine Lagoon, £17.50, Boots, is super-subtle. Mimicking a soft ocean breeze, with grapefruit,…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Newborns of SPRINGWith the spring comes a time of joyful renewal in the natural world, with newborn animals and newly hatched birds taking their first tentative steps and learning all the skills they’ll need to survive. Here, we look at some of our favourite spring babies, and their traditional links to the season.PASTURES NEWLambsPopularly associated with purity and innocence, lambs have also long been linked with spring and Easter as the time of rebirth. In the Bible, Jesus is greeted by John the Baptist as ‘the Lamb of God’.Lambs are born from February to April in the UK, often in sets of twins, at a time where the grass their mothers rely on is plentiful. Lambs can stand within an hour of birth and soon begin displaying their natural flocking behaviour, mirroring…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Newborns of SPRINGWith the spring comes a time of joyful renewal in the natural world, with newborn animals and newly hatched birds taking their first tentative steps and learning all the skills they’ll need to survive. Here, we look at some of our favourite spring babies, and their traditional links to the season. PASTURES NEW Lambs Popularly associated with purity and innocence, lambs have also long been linked with spring and Easter as the time of rebirth. In the Bible, Jesus is greeted by John the Baptist as ‘the Lamb of God’. Lambs are born from February to April in the UK, often in sets of twins, at a time where the grass their mothers rely on is plentiful. Lambs can stand within an hour of birth and soon begin displaying their…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Q I’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Will it help if I lose weight?A Millions of us in the UK have pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance), which means our bodies’ insulin can’t keep up with our lifestyles. This puts us at high risk of joining the three million people who already have diabetes – mainly type 2 which is related to obesity (unlike type 1 which is an immune system disorder and can only be treated with insulin injections). But both types can cause raised blood sugars and arterial damage that can lead to heart disease, strokes, kidney damage, blindness and amputations. So it’s a wake-up call – but the good news is that you can avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes (and even move out of the pre-diabetes zone) by getting down to a healthy weight as soon as possible, with a healthy…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Q I’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Will it help if I lose weight?A Millions of us in the UK have pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance), which means our bodies’ insulin can’t keep up with our lifestyles. This puts us at high risk of joining the three million people who already have diabetes – mainly type 2 which is related to obesity (unlike type 1 which is an immune system disorder and can only be treated with insulin injections). But both types can cause raised blood sugars and arterial damage that can lead to heart disease, strokes, kidney damage, blindness and amputations. So it’s a wake-up call – but the good news is that you can avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes (and even move out of the pre-diabetes zone) by getting down to a healthy weight as soon as possible, with a healthy…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Yoga has got me MOVING AGAINI was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in my early 40s when I had a very severe flare-up. I was bedridden for six months, could barely lift my arms and needed help dressing. My consultant said I’d probably be in a wheelchair within three years. I’d practised yoga a bit since my teens. Once I was on medication for my RA and I started moving a bit, I decided to explore yoga further to see whether it might help. I tried Iyengar yoga, which uses everyday props, such as belts, chairs and yoga bricks, and is accessible to everyone, regardless of health, fitness or flexibility. The more I did, the more movement I got back. Now I make sure I do it daily. The change it made to my life…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Here TO HELPShe asks for too muchQI’ve got a friend who, when I suggest we catch up on the phone, says she’ll come round. That usually results in a three-hour chat when all I wanted was an hour. I also have to get food in so we can nibble while we talk, and I end up feeling disgruntled and put upon.Lesley, HullA What happens after she says she’ll come round? I assume you tell her that would be lovely. So, what’s holding you back from saying what you want?Saying no isn’t easy, and it’s a skill we all need to learn, otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time feeling, as you say, put upon.So why not explain that today you’ve only got an hour to spare, and a phone chat would be…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Leak-proof performanceLINERS For only a few drops or a little dampness. PADS Best for occasional leakage when sneezing or coughing causes wetness. PADS+ For frequent, medium leakage, when you need more than a regular pad. PANTS For large amounts, or when you’re active and want protection that stays in place better. BOUTIQUE UNDERWEAR Incredibly absorbent and beautifully designed pants that’s made of silky-soft fabric with delicate, lacy prints. Different absorbencies are shown by droplets, printed on the side of each pack. Prices range from Liners RRP £1.99 to RRP £8.50 for Boutique Pants.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Monday’s TO-DO LISTWhy bother writing a to-do list?’ James asked.I’d lost yesterday’s list. If only I’d been the one to find it, not him.‘So much for that article you read.’ He couldn’t resist quoting it. ‘“Write down the six most important things to do the next day and while you’re asleep your subconscious will be working out the best way to bring it to fruition.”’What could I say? None of the things on yesterday’s list had been completed.There are more than six items. Ten, in fact. Maybe I’ll trim it down to six? I have no idea why six is the number this particular psychologist chose. There’s no limit to the crazy things that get put under the microscope.I’ll choose six things to do today from this list. The rest can go…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019LIFE-CHANGING READSCressida CowellThe Wizards Of Once: Twice Magic , Hodder Children’s Books, out nowWhen I was 9 I read The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s about some children who have a magic chemistry set and each chemical does a different thing. I read it aloud to my younger siblings and loved the joy of making them laugh, their thrill at the magic... it made me want to become a children’s writer.Fatima BhuttoThe Runaways , Viking, out now in hardbackWhen I was 18 I read Robert Fisk’s Pity the Nation, which crystallised a suspicion that writing is a political act –you needn’t choose politics or prose, you can have both. Reading Midnight’s Children and An Area of Darkness have reminded me why I love being a writer, because it brings…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Fit for a PRINCEMEASUREMENTSTo fit ages 3-6 (6-9) (9-12) months.Waist 50 (54.5) (59) cm/19¾ (21½) (23¼) in.Length to top of bib 36 (40.5) (45) cm/14¼ (16) (17¾) in.MATERIALS2 (3) (3) 50g (116m) balls of Sublime Baby Cashmerino Silk DK (75% merino wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere) in Bunty Blue 493*. Pair each of 3.25mm (No. 10) and 4mm (No. 8) knitting needles; 4 removable stitch markers or contrast thread; 5 small buttons. Yarn is available from theknittingnetwork.co.uk.TENSION22 stitches and 30 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over stocking stitch, using 4mm needles.ABBREVIATIONSSt(s), stitch(es); k, knit; p, purl; ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on wrong side); k2tog, k 2 sts together (to decrease 1 st); up1, pick up loop lying between needles and k into back of it (to increase 1…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019BOOK CLUB CLASSICSThe Woman in Blackby Susan Hill (£8.99, PB, Vintage)The story: Up-and-coming young lawyer Arthur Kipps is summoned to settle the affairs of the recently deceased Mrs Alice Drablow. Learning that the locals tend to stay away from her spooky house, it’s not until he sees a woman dressed in black, with a ravaged face, that he realises why. Nevertheless, he takes up residence to finish his job – and it’s then that the nightmare really begins. A deliciously dark tale.Our verdict: If you like a good old-fashioned ghost story,you’ll love this spine-tingling novel. From the rocking chair in the eerie nursery to the child’s scream in the fog, it will certainly keep your nerves jangling.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Fit for a PRINCEMEASUREMENTS To fit ages 3-6 (6-9) (9-12) months. Waist 50 (54.5) (59) cm/19¾ (21½) (23¼) in. Length to top of bib 36 (40.5) (45) cm/14¼ (16) (17¾) in. MATERIALS 2 (3) (3) 50g (116m) balls of Sublime Baby Cashmerino Silk DK (75% merino wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere) in Bunty Blue 493*. Pair each of 3.25mm (No. 10) and 4mm (No. 8) knitting needles; 4 removable stitch markers or contrast thread; 5 small buttons. Yarn is available from theknittingnetwork.co.uk. TENSION 22 stitches and 30 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over stocking stitch, using 4mm needles. ABBREVIATIONS St(s), stitch(es); k, knit; p, purl; ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on wrong side); k2tog, k 2 sts together (to decrease 1 st); up1, pick up loop lying between needles…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Don’t you REMEMBER ANYTHING?Kate backed away fearfully as Mark strode towards her and snatched the wedding photo from her hand. ‘I said, what are you doing?’ he snarled. ‘I... I... was just looking for a memory stick,’ Kate said. She’d never seen Mark so furious. ‘I really don’t see why you’re angry,’ she added. ‘This is my house. I’m entitled to look around. I found these photos hidden away. Why?’ ‘Because, as you know, I don’t like looking at them.’ ‘No, I don’t,’ said Kate. She watched as Mark angrily stuffed the photos into the box and shoved them back in the cupboard. ‘I don’t understand,’ she said. ‘Who’s that woman in the photos with you?’ ‘Julie.’ ‘Who’s Julie?’ ‘My first wife.’ ‘Your first wife?’ Kate cried. ‘Yes. Of course,’ Mark snapped. ‘As…14 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019YOUR STARSAries 21 Mar – 20 Apr This is a good week for your creativity, business and love life. You may have several surprises. Taurus 21 Apr – 21 May You may solve a long-standing problem this week. Trust your gut with your career and relationships. Gemini 22 May – 21 Jun This is an excellent time for any kind of social networking. You may meet someone who you click with. Cancer 22 Jun – 23 Jul It could be an intense week with many changes in plans. Try to be flexible and go with the flow. Leo 24 Jul – 23 Aug You may find an exciting new interest. It’s a good time to enrol on a course, workshop or seminar. Virgo24 Aug – 23 Sep It’s time to release…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Wrong Mr Right?A Woman’s Weekly reader once wrote to say how much she enjoyed my work, which was kind. ‘What I really like,’ she said, ‘is that nothing ever seems to happen – it’s so relaxing.’ That was a couple of years ago. These days life in our neighbourhood is absolutely action packed. We make Coronation Street look like an Open University documentary on alcohol consumption in the Greater Manchester area. Things have particularly hotted up if you are a fan of romantic storylines. First, you might remember that my daughter Juliet recently spent a couple of weeks at home because her non-marriage was on the rocks. Say what you like about the younger generation, they don’t let the grass grow under their feet, even if the grass in question has been…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Come on INSIDE!Where I read mineI always buy Woman’s Weekly in Belgium, in order to keep up with what’s going on in England. The problem is that I never find time to read, so when on holiday, I take plenty of copies and catch up. Here I am in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Annie Vanleenhove, Belgium✿ We’d love to see where you read your copy of Woman’s Weekly. The more exotic the location, the better!Happy faceHere’s a picture of my lovely grandson, Jenson. He is just one-week-old here and has obviously enjoyed his last feed.Frances Malsbury, St AlbansTreasured cookbookWhen I was newly married in the early 70s, I bought this cookery book which has been invaluable throughout the years. It is quite tatty now and well worn but I…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Reader garden✿ Caroline Wilkinson likes to fill the air of her tiny urban garden with scent. She’s planted white Easter lilies ( Lilium longiflorum), which shine when the sun goes down; Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), which has sweetly scented, star-shaped blooms, and the exotic-looking chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), which has maroon-chocolate blooms that fragrance the air with a hint of vanilla and are followed by sausage-shaped fruits.Roses from David Austin, such as magenta ‘William Lobb’ and pink, ‘The Generous Gardener’, embroider the air with perfume. She has also grown slim-fit climbers up wigwams and along trellis to create an intimate space and her ‘Rambling Rector’ rose, that scrambles up the neighbour’s apple tree, is a sight to behold when smothered with masses of single white flowers. It’s a mecca to bees…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019What you’re WEARINGTheresa Brooker, 67 Tell us about your look… I like quite simple, easy shapes – slightly sporty – but always with a dash of colour! I love skinny jeans or Capri pants. I found these stretchy trousers in Sainsbury’s. They often have some really nice things. My jumper is from Topshop. My scarf was a present and I bought my Gabor boots in France. My favourite place to shop is French Connection. I also do a lot of knitting so often wear my own jumpers. And the best bit of your body? My legs. You wore it well Ethel Annie, née Davis, Sent in by her granddaughter, Judi Chapman This photo of my grandparents was taken in Melbourne, Australia, some time between the First and Second World Wars, by a…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019WE LOVENew egg on the blockThe Cadbury Crunchie Chocolate Egg is perfect for sharing with friends and family. It comes complete with three Crunchie Bars inside.✿ £12, supermarkets nationwideLuxury eggThere’s a decadent and lavishly thick Hotel Chocolat egg for every taste – from high cocoa and astonishingly creamy white, to the best-selling Rocky Road to Caramel variety. A real treat!✿ £27, hotelchocolat.comFree-from eggMilk, wheat and gluten free, this Tesco Finest chocolate egg has a gorgeous caramel flavour, which has been enhanced with pure, hand-harvested sea salt. And it comes with five hand-decorated fondant truffles.✿ £6.50, Tesco stores nationwide…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019What’s it WORTH?Art Deco brooch Made by Rood by royal appointment, this stunning plaque brooch was in its original fitted silk-lined case. This one proved that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend when it sold for £5,800, plus buyer’s premium. The diamonds are set in platinum, with the largest at one carat. It measures approximately 8cm and dates from around 1910. Royal Worcester cabinet cup and saucer This exquisitely hand-painted cup and saucer was made by Royal Worcester in 1913. It depicts a peaco*ck and has a gilded interior and handle. The saucer is signed by the artist WH Austin. Unusually, the matching cup is signed by another artist, John Flexman. This has a value at auction of £40-£60. DO YOU HAVE ANY FABULOUS ANTIQUE FINDS? WE’D LOVE TO SEE THEM.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Your good TUMMY GUIDEYour gut is amazing And it’s complicated! It contains around 100 million neurons – ‘the same number as in a cat’s brain,’ says TV doctor Michael Mosley, author of The Clever Guts Diet . ‘And it includes a richer diversity of life than in a rainforest.’ There are 50 trillion (1-2kg) of microbes living in it – the weight of a couple of bags of sugar – made up of more than 1,000 different species, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. It’s called your microbiome and its effects are felt way beyond just your gut (large intestine) by way of your stomach and toilet habits. Scientists now believe it has a huge impact throughout your body, including regulating your moods, altering your immunity levels and even dictating how much weight you…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019‘I’ll carry on FOREVER ’‘I was terribly shy when I was young. Now I love being on the road’Bonnie Tyler has just released a new album, Between the Earth and the Stars, her first in six years. ‘It all came about by accident,’ she says. ‘But I think it’s my best ever.’ And that’s saying something given her 50-year track record.‘I’d been called the female Rod Stewart for years’We are sitting in her magnificent early Victorian house set in four acres of land and overlooking Swansea Bay, sparkling obligingly in the early spring sunshine. She’s 67 now – she’ll be 68 in June – but you’d never know it.‘Thank God for Botox!’ she says, with that husky bark of a laugh.It’s more than her smooth skin, though. The tumble of ash-blonde hair, the blue-grey…5 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019My life-changing DIAGNOSIS‘I took up flower growing after cancer’Juliet FitzPatrick, 57, lives in Rickmansworth with her husband Liam, 57My cancer diagnosis came out of nowhere – a shadow was picked up on a routine mammogram in early 2016 and I was sent for tests.To my horror, a biopsy on my left breast revealed cancer – and I was told I’d need a lumpectomy. After the surgery there was more bad news – I’d now need a mastectomy.After my surgery in March 2016, I decided against reconstruction and had my second breast removed for symmetry. Then came chemotherapy; and when I saw the treatment schedule I was gutted. I’d bought tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show as a Christmas present for my mum and wouldn’t be able to go.However, the morning of the…4 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019‘My funny old week’Where I’ve been... To Antarctica on a cruise (rolcruise.co.uk). It was an extraordinary, magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would recommend everyone tries.Who I’ve met... Harry Hill. I recorded an episode of his new ITV show. It was great fun.What I’ve bought... Some wool so I can knit something for a baby. I’m going to be a granny!What I’ve seen... The new series of Fleabag on the BBC. It’s completely quirky, original, daring and funny.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019The new SPRING SCENTSLooking for something new to spritz, now spring is on the way? Before you hit the shops, take advice from the experts. Apparently, the way we buy perfume is changing.Michelle Feeney, founder of fragrance brand Floral Street says, ‘We have seen that consumers are shifting away from a ‘signature scent’ and moving into a wardrobe of fragrances to express their mood.’With that in mind, why not swap a spritz of florals for a more modern scent this spring? These new notes are bound to get you noticed.AQUATICStripped-back Scandi minimalism has taken over our homes and our wardrobes, and now it’s moving into the world of scent, too. Cool, clean and rejuvenating, Bronnley England Citrine Lagoon, £17.50, Boots, is super-subtle. Mimicking a soft ocean breeze, with grapefruit, sea lavender and a…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019The perfect MUMIcan’t help it – I make the same mistake over and over. It began the day my daughter became a teenager three years ago. Probably even before that. And it creeps up on me, this bad habit of the wrong words bursting out of my mouth when I least intend it. For example, last month my daughter rushed in from school waving an envelope excitedly.‘Here’s my report, Mum.’‘Thanks, Molly. I see you’ve opened it already. But it’s addressed to me, isn’t it?’Hard words fly from my mouth before I can stop themWhat I really meant to say was how excited I was, how pleased I was with her string of As and Bs and that the C in Maths didn’t matter because I know how hard she’s working to improve.…7 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019The perfect MUMIcan’t help it – I make the same mistake over and over. It began the day my daughter became a teenager three years ago. Probably even before that. And it creeps up on me, this bad habit of the wrong words bursting out of my mouth when I least intend it. For example, last month my daughter rushed in from school waving an envelope excitedly. ‘Here’s my report, Mum.’ ‘Thanks, Molly. I see you’ve opened it already. But it’s addressed to me, isn’t it?’ Hard words fly from my mouth before I can stop them What I really meant to say was how excited I was, how pleased I was with her string of As and Bs and that the C in Maths didn’t matter because I know how hard…7 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019COPING WITH... TREMORSWe all have a natural, physiological, tremor. It’s caused by continuous ‘traffic’ down the nerves from our brains to the muscles that control bending and stretching each joint. But we’re not usually aware of it, unless it becomes exaggerated – for example, by the adrenaline surge we get when we’re anxious or angry. Hangovers/alcohol withdrawal can also cause temporary shakiness (a sign that you’ve overdone it). Many medical conditions can cause tremors, which can be embarrassing, inconvenient or occasionally disabling, so it’s important to find out the cause. Essential Tremor ET can run in families and becomes more common with age, affecting one in 25 older people. It doesn’t usually occur until you try to use the affected part, but may fluctuate, depending on what you’re doing (see box, right),…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-20194 FIXES FOR... A RED FACE1 Reduce hot drinksThis can help blushing and flushing. So, too, can a cool environment and limiting your alcohol and spicy food intake. Wear natural fibres and layers for a quick cool-down.2 Ask about HRTOr SSRI antidepressants to help menopausal flushes. Allergies, medicines, thyroid disease and other medical conditions can cause flushing.3 Rosacea? MoisturiseRosacea (‘adult acne’) causes spots, redness, and broken veins. Moisturise regularly, avoid strong sunlight and flushing triggers. Ask about prescription creams/tablets.4 Check for eczemaSeborrhoeic eczema produces scaly, itchy redness on cheeks, eyelids, eyebrows, ears, scalp and chest. Use an anti-yeast cream/shampoo with ketoconazole.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-20194 FIXES FOR... A RED FACE1 Reduce hot drinks This can help blushing and flushing. So, too, can a cool environment and limiting your alcohol and spicy food intake. Wear natural fibres and layers for a quick cool-down. 2 Ask about HRT Or SSRI antidepressants to help menopausal flushes. Allergies, medicines, thyroid disease and other medical conditions can cause flushing. 3 Rosacea? Moisturise Rosacea (‘adult acne’) causes spots, redness, and broken veins. Moisturise regularly, avoid strong sunlight and flushing triggers. Ask about prescription creams/tablets. 4 Check for eczema Seborrhoeic eczema produces scaly, itchy redness on cheeks, eyelids, eyebrows, ears, scalp and chest. Use an anti-yeast cream/shampoo with ketoconazole.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Leak-proof performanceLINERSFor only a few drops or a little dampness.PADSBest for occasional leakage when sneezing or coughing causes wetness.PADS+For frequent, medium leakage, when you need more than a regular pad.PANTSFor large amounts, or when you’re active and want protection that stays in place better.BOUTIQUE UNDERWEARIncredibly absorbent and beautifully designed pants that’s made of silky-soft fabric with delicate, lacy prints.Different absorbencies are shown by droplets, printed on the side of each pack. Prices range from Liners RRP £1.99 to RRP £8.50 for Boutique Pants.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Win £1,500 to spend on a new BATHROOMIs your bathroom in need of a full renovation or a simple refresh? Does the sight of it give you a headache?Now, put that image behind you and imagine your perfect bathroom. Because, thanks to Easy Bathrooms, that dream could become reality, as it is giving you the opportunity to win £1,500 to spend on bathroom products.If you’re the lucky winner, you will be able to choose from a wide range of gorgeous bathroom furniture – including stylish freestanding baths, mirrors, vanity units, designer radiators and more –alongside thousands of wonderful tile choices.With showrooms across the UK, you can choose whether to visit one of Easy Bathrooms’ 30 stores to browse products and create a free 3D design – or simply order online at easybathrooms.com.Terms and conditions Standard Woman’s Weekly…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Go WILDA wildflower area can bring a beautiful and ecologically healthy mix to your garden. Use diverse plant species with a wide range of flowering periods so there is something of interest every month from March through to October. Buying seed mixes can make this easier, or choose from our wonderful selection here. Prepare the soil for sowing by getting rid of weeds and loosening the soil with a fork. There is no need to enrich it as wildflowers thrive on poor soil. Tread the soil to firm then rake before broadcasting the meadow mix at 40 grams per sq m over the area. Ox-eye daisies (above) are one of June’s prettiest sights and can cope with being mown a couple of times a year. Grow from seeds or plugs and…3 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Win £1,500 to spend on a new BATHROOMIs your bathroom in need of a full renovation or a simple refresh? Does the sight of it give you a headache? Now, put that image behind you and imagine your perfect bathroom. Because, thanks to Easy Bathrooms, that dream could become reality, as it is giving you the opportunity to win £1,500 to spend on bathroom products. If you’re the lucky winner, you will be able to choose from a wide range of gorgeous bathroom furniture – including stylish freestanding baths, mirrors, vanity units, designer radiators and more –alongside thousands of wonderful tile choices. With showrooms across the UK, you can choose whether to visit one of Easy Bathrooms’ 30 stores to browse products and create a free 3D design – or simply order online at easybathrooms.com. Terms and…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019BOOK clubThe Age of Adventureby Judy Leigh (£7.99, PB, Avon)Judy Leigh’s latest novel is a triumph of female empowerment, humour and wonderful moments all rolled into a roller-coaster of a read.Fifty-five-year-old Georgie seizes the chance to organise a multi-generational road trip with her sister, aunt and daughter. But Georgie’s expectations for their holiday are subverted, with dramatic, heart-wrenching and hilariousDignityby Alys Conran (£14.99, HB, Orion)Seamlessly blending life in colonial India with life in a modern-day seaside town, this is the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between Magda – a bad-tempered former scientist – and her carer, Susheela. Memories of Magda’s childhood resurrect the tragic figure of her mother, unlocking a shocking legacy. Alys Conran’s prose packs a powerful punch, and makes you smile while breaking your heart.The Stalkerby Alex…2 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019Don’t you REMEMBER ANYTHING?Kate backed away fearfully as Mark strode towards her and snatched the wedding photo from her hand.‘I said, what are you doing?’ he snarled.‘I... I... was just looking for a memory stick,’ Kate said. She’d never seen Mark so furious.‘I really don’t see why you’re angry,’ she added. ‘This is my house. I’m entitled to look around. I found these photos hidden away. Why?’‘Because, as you know, I don’t like looking at them.’‘No, I don’t,’ said Kate. She watched as Mark angrily stuffed the photos into the box and shoved them back in the cupboard. ‘I don’t understand,’ she said. ‘Who’s that woman in the photos with you?’‘Julie.’‘Who’s Julie?’‘My first wife.’‘Your first wife?’ Kate cried.‘Yes. Of course,’ Mark snapped. ‘As you’re my second wife I had to have had a…15 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019YOUR STARSAries 21 Mar – 20 AprThis is a good week for your creativity, business and love life. You may have several surprises.Taurus 21 Apr – 21 MayYou may solve a long-standing problem this week. Trust your gut with your career and relationships.Gemini 22 May – 21 JunThis is an excellent time for any kind of social networking. You may meet someone who you click with.Cancer 22 Jun – 23 JulIt could be an intense week with many changes in plans. Try to be flexible and go with the flow.Leo 24 Jul – 23 AugYou may find an exciting new interest. It’s a good time to enrol on a course, workshop or seminar.Virgo24 Aug – 23 SepIt’s time to release the old and to move on. It can be painful, but…1 min
Woman's Weekly|16-Apr-2019BOOK clubThe Age of Adventure by Judy Leigh (£7.99, PB, Avon) Judy Leigh’s latest novel is a triumph of female empowerment, humour and wonderful moments all rolled into a roller-coaster of a read. Fifty-five-year-old Georgie seizes the chance to organise a multi-generational road trip with her sister, aunt and daughter. But Georgie’s expectations for their holiday are subverted, with dramatic, heart-wrenching and hilarious Dignity by Alys Conran (£14.99, HB, Orion) Seamlessly blending life in colonial India with life in a modern-day seaside town, this is the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between Magda – a bad-tempered former scientist – and her carer, Susheela. Memories of Magda’s childhood resurrect the tragic figure of her mother, unlocking a shocking legacy. Alys Conran’s prose packs a powerful punch, and makes you smile…2 min
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