Tonight I was searching around for news on one of my favorite British authors (Katie Fforde), and I found this entertaining primer on British chick-lit, complete with a rating system for the social class each authoress tends to write about. If you like chick-lit, or you’re traveling someplace warm over the holidays and want something light to read on the beach, check out some of these titles.
If you like British chick lit, who are some of your favorite authors? I noticed Sophie Kinsella, for example, isn’t listed in this survey, probably one of the best-known Brit chick lit authors known here in the U.S.
I was reading this interesting article over the weekend at the Guardian about why porridge is the new power breakfast. When I was a child, I was a voracious reader (well, I still am) who loved English novels, where porridge was always the holy grail of a starving orphan’s life. I used to wonder what the heck it was, never connecting it was the oatmeal I ate nearly every morning.
I own a couple of Delia’s cookbooks, and while I don’t use them that often, I like them. They’re homey, and what I reach for when I want to make the perfect gravy for roast beef or try my hand at a British classic like sticky toffee pudding. I’ve been eyeing Nigella’s new Christmas cookbook — new to us Americans anyway — but now I’m thinking of ordering Delia’s Happy Christmas, too. Decisions, decisions.
Liberty of London has announced a partnership with Target stores to sell a line of branded clothing and housewares under the aptly named “Flower Power Collection.” The collection, which will include everything from underwear to bicycles, will be available starting March 2010. Read more here.