Continuing coverage of Books in 2019, these are Family Books, and can be read by all.


Claire Handscombe (also known as Claire Lyman) wrote this family book

family booksNobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby. Nobody. That’s why she’s totally going to marry him.

She’s going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to get it to him. Intrigued and flattered, he will read it, fall in love with her prose, and ask to turn it into a movie. She will pretend to think about it, then say: sure, but can I work on it with you? Their eyes will meet over the script… and fade to black.

But with four interwoven lives at play, can anything be that simple?

Thoughtful, quirky, and moving, Unscripted is a story of friendship and second chances, and asks the question: how far can you take your dream?

It’s a book about dreams… and our steadfast pursuit of them, at any age, even when the rest of the world tells us to give up.

Sami’s Silver Lining

A family book of romance, friendship and saving the world. A second book in the Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, the best-selling author of The Chocolate Box Girls

Sami’s Silver Lining focuses on Sami, a Syrian refugee, trying to deal with the difficult memories of his past and trying to find his place in a new country.

Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. He has memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad’s old coat. The hope of a brighter future is never far away. Can his new friends in the Lost and Found band and a blossoming romance with the girl of his dreams melt his frozen heart or is it too late to find a silver lining?

Cathy attempts to raise awareness of refugees by telling just one of the many stories. |


by David Hamilton

Accessible family book guide to foraging thirty plants, with recipes.

family bookMany naturalists built their careers on a curiosity from early childhood. However, in this digital age our children can  become isolated from both the natural world and the people around them. Foraging for wild food helps refocus, and a day gathering edible plants, picked in the wild, can be a great way to reconnect with family and nature.
This book looks at 30 edible plants commonly found in our parks, woodlands and hedgerows. It shows how to identify them safely for delicious recipes to create for young children.
The plants are organised by season and there are scrumptious things to make throughout the year including puffball kebabs, sea beet huff-a-puffs, staghorn sumac lemonade, sweet potato & chestnut burgers, and hazelnut chocolate spread. Once you’ve caught the foraging bug, you’ll soon be looking for chestnuts to roast, hazelnuts to crack, or the best wild apple trees. Foraging is for life!