Rule No 1 of being a good parent? Stay off this show

Britain’s Best Parent? Thursday, Channel 4  Rating: McMillion$ Wednesday, Sky Documentaries Rating: Channel 4’s latest reality competition is Britain’s Best Parent?, although you do have to wonder whether the first rule of being Britain’s best parent is: don’t appear on a show like Britain’s Best Parent? Steer clear. Avoid. And also, isn’t the test now … Read more

Simon Stephenson, Michael Connelly, Paul M. M. Cooper and Nick Bradley: This week’s best new fiction

From Simon Stephenson’s debut to Fair Warning by Michael Connelly, an engrossing novel by Paul M. M. Cooper and Nick Bradley’s latest By John Williams and Madeleine Feeny and Simon Humphreys For Event Magazine and Hephzibah Anderson Published: 22:00 BST, 30 May 2020 | Updated: 22:00 BST, 30 May 2020 Fair Warning  Michael Connelly    … Read more

Dara McAnulty has the rare gift of evoking the natural world

NATURE DIARY OF A YOUNG NATURALIST    by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller £16.99, 224pp) Dara McAnulty is a brilliant young teenage naturalist from Northern Ireland who writes a popular blog about his sightings and adventures, and has also appeared on BBC’s Countryfile. He’s on the autistic spectrum, and doesn’t so much coolly observe nature as passionately … Read more

Friends, flowers and foolproof pastry

LIFESTYLE RHUBARB RHUBARB     by Mary Jane Paterson and Jo Thompson (Unbound £20, 160pp) Cooking and gardening often go hand in hand — just think of Mary Berry, Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver, all dedicated gardeners as well as outstanding cooks. Rhubarb Rhubarb is written by two women who prove the exception to that rule. Mary … Read more

Author pens fascinating tome charting the history behind his family’s wealth

Author who discovered his ancestors were slave owners in Jamaica after finding a box of centuries-old papers pens fascinating tome charting the history of their rum business which made the family rich Richard Atkinson uncovers the history of his ancestors in a new history book He was inspired after discovering a box revealing his family … Read more

TEENAGE   | Daily Mail Online

TEENAGE By Sally Morris for the Daily Mail Published: 22:04 BST, 28 May 2020 | Updated: 22:04 BST, 28 May 2020 AGAIN AGAIN by E. Lockhart (Hot Key £7.99 320 pp) AGAIN AGAIN by E. Lockhart (Hot Key £7.99 320 pp) Emily Lockhart captures the complexity of teenage life in richly layered and sometimes darkly … Read more

What on earth have Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus got to do with the Curse of the Kennedys?

The Kennedy Curse James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen Century £16.99 Rating: In America, this book was given the stately title The House Of Kennedy. Its UK publishers have gone for something more Hammer Horror, adding the words ‘Six Generations Of Adultery, Addiction And Tragedy’ on to the cover for good measure, to ensure no bookseller … Read more