Author: Grace Thompson
Romance and heartache abound as a local ice cream shop struggles to stay afloat Christmas, 1940. As the festive season approaches in a small Welsh village, two friends, Patricia and Vanessa, fall for the same man. Vanessa will stop at nothing to win his affections, but ultimately it is Patricia who finds love. Yet when tragedy strikes, it is Patricia who has to piece her life back together. Throwing herself into revitalising a traditional gelato business, she finds comfort from an unexpected source. Soon local gossip makes her worry if her new suitor can be trusted… is he too good to be true? An atmospheric and emotional saga, Ice Cream in Winter is steeped in period detail. Its author, the much-loved Grace Thompson (here under the pen name Kay Christopher), is one of the bestselling saga writers of recent years.
Author: Duncan Groves
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Category: Juvenile Fiction
A wonderful illustrated picture book about the adventures of an unlikely hero! Benjamin Butterworth is everyone’s favourite ice cream man. But when one little boy asks exactly how he makes his ice cream so tasty, so yummy, so oh-so-scrummy, Mr Butterworth tells him it’s a big secret and one that he just can’t share. The problem is, his ice cream is so delightfully delicious, that after a busy summer, Mr Butterworth has almost run out. So as winter approaches, Benjamin Butterworth packs his bags and embarks on a long adventure to the coldest place on Earth. With his faithful dog at his side, the intrepid ice cream man endures terrible sea storms, battles a giant octopus, climbs an enormous ice mountain and comes face-to-face with a scary snow monster, until at last, he finds what he’s looking for: Mount Ice Cream. Brought to life by distinctive, hand-drawn illustrations, vividly rendered in watercolour and ink, Where Do Ice Cream Men Go In The Winter? is the story of an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey. Benjamin Butterworth doesn’t look like your average hero, yet this humble, unassuming ice cream man goes to remarkable lengths for his tasty treat and in so doing, proves there’s more to him than meets the eye. Combining quirky adventure with a charming aesthetic, this intrepid voyage will capture the imagination again and again; after all, what child wouldn’t want to be whisked away to the land of ice cream?
Author: Chris Clarke
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Ice cream as we recognize it today has been in existence for at least 300 years, though its origins probably go much further back in time. Though no one knows who invented ice cream. The first ice cream making machine was invented by Nancy Johnson, of Philadelphia, in the 1840s. The Science of Ice Cream begins with an introductory chapter on the history of ice cream. Subsequent chapters outline the physical chemistry underlying its manufacture, describe the ingredients and industrial production of ice cream and ice cream products respectively, detail the wide range of different physical and sensory techniques used to measure and assess ice cream, describe its microstructure (i.e. ice crystals, air bubbles, fat droplets and sugar solution), and how this relates to the physical properties and ultimately the texture that you experience when you eat it. Finally, some suggestions are provided for experiments relating to ice cream and ways to make ice cream at home or in a school laboratory. The Science of Ice Cream is ideal for undergraduate food science students as well as for people working in the ice cream industry. It is also accessible to the general reader who has studied science to A level and provides teachers with ideas for using ice cream to illustrate scientific principles.
Author: Felicity Castanga
Publisher: Giramondo Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Michael’s older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggestsThe Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros’ Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors’, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael’s community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman.
A Heartbreaking Story of Love, Loss and Family
Author: Louise Douglas
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
‘I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story.’ Olivia and Luca Felicone had known each other nearly all their lives, but when they fell in love as teenagers and eloped to London, they broke the hearts of those closest to them. Luca’s parents run Marinella’s restaurant, the colourful hub of life in the otherwise bleak north-eastern seaside town of Watersford, and his mother, Angela, has never forgiven Olivia for causing such a rift in her beloved family. On a freezing January night Olivia’s life is shattered when she learns that Luca has been killed in a car accident on the M1. She is left with nothing, and after suffering from weeks of overwhelming grief, she abandons her job and returns North to where Luca has been buried in Watersford, just to be close to him – even though she knows she will not be welcome at Marinella’s. Olivia’s chance meeting with Luca’s married twin brother, Marc, leads to the realization that he is experiencing a loss almost as painful as her own. Their desolation draws them into an affair which both know has no future, but fills the space where Luca should be. It is a course of action that can only spiral out of control, and when it does, the consequences are both explosive and cruel. The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas is a beautiful novel that portrays both the innocence of childhood, and the dynamics of love and loss with deftness and sensitivity. It is, above all, a stunning debut from an author with a unique and natural narrative voice.
Author: David Small
The River in Winter is the story of seventeen-year-old Joe Weatherfield’s attempt to find love, mercy, and redemption in a world charged with the moral wreckage of family decisions made long before he was born. His search carries him from Massachusetts to Florida and finally to Dunnocks Head, Maine, where he rediscovers his long-estranged grandfather and quickly becomes involved in a kidnapping, a murder, and a long-buried scandal — all of which leads him to the hard irredeemable lesson that the innocent are often as guilty as the damned.
Author: J. Grace Doris J. Grace,Doris J. Grace
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The words from the internationally-known hymn Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound perfectly encapsulate the life of author Doris J. Grace from her love of music, her surname Grace acquired upon marriage, her faith, and being saved by the loving grace of God. This memoir chronicles Doris' childhood a carefree era in the midst of the Depression spent roaming the Missouri Ozarks and the changes that World War II imposed on her simple country family. How Sweet the Sound tells of an earlier life as a dutiful daughter, wife, and mother, and later years when she and her husband traveled to six continents and more than seventy countries while leading study tours and mission trips. Full of life and personality, How Sweet the Sound paints an engaging portrait of a carefree childhood and a fulfilled adulthood. This memoir brings characters to life simply and vividly to tell the story of an ordinary person who has lived an extraordinary life.
Category: Ice cream, ices, etc
Stories, Recipes & More from the North Shore
Author: Sandy Holthaus
Sandy Holthaus has published a collection of her articles from her newspaper column "Taste of home", where she writes of growing up on the North Shore, Minnesota family life today, and treasured recipes.
Author: Geralyn Dawson
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA