The February Luxuread Box is here!
We were so excited to work with Tweed Real Food this month to bring you their legendary Avo Smash Dukkuh...so versatile and so delish!
Julia is a 5th generation farmer, who has had a tumultuous 2 years dealing with floods, drought, a short yet destructive hailstorm, and now bushfires.
Did Julia give up? Nope.
She started Tweed Real Food, and this Avo Smash Dukkuh is one of their signature products.
Their whole range is handmade, 100% plant-based, eco-friendly, and is free from gluten, preservatives, MSG & GMO, anti-caking agents, soy and dairy.
The dukkuh is completely amazing and can be used in so many different ways, from smashed avo on toast, to a crust on pan-seared salmon, or even as a great addition to a platter.
Our amazing books this month are:
• General Fiction: Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
• Crime/Thriller: Deadly Dance, by Hilary Bonner
A fascinating psychological suspense novel - the first in a new series featuring Bristol-based detective DI Vogel.
When two new murders are reported, Vogel's team broaden the search: new evidence suggests that there are three different, disturbed criminals. Any one of them could have killed Melanie, but which one did? Vogel's team inch towards the answer, never suspecting that the killer is watching them too, waiting for his moment to strike.
• True Crime: The Crossing: The Shocking Truth About Gang Wars in Brexit Britain, by Wensley Clarkson
A gripping true crime expose centring around The Dartford Crossing - the battleground of an intense war between old school British gangsters and Eastern European gangs in light of Brexit.
'They're committing outrageous crimes on our manor. They're telling us they can operate wherever they want and we can't do a thing about it. - Steve Marchmont, Essex Gangster
For the past decade European gangsters have been fighting a turf war with homegrown British gangsters for control of the criminal badlands of London, Kent, Essex and throughout the UK. Many of these foreign gangs see Kent and Essex as a stepping-stone to the total domination of the British underworld.
In the two years since the Brexit referendum this war has intensified with European gangsters deliberately setting out to win and establish their businesses, both illicit and legit, before the UK leaves the EU.
The stakes are worth billions of pounds. On one side are the so-called 'New Kids on the Bloc': Eastern Europeans, who have muscled in and boast that within the next five years they will crush all others and dominate the British criminal underworld. On the other side is the 'Establishment': the old school, British-based crime syndicates that have been working this area for decades. They own homes, send their kids to area schools, are known denizens of the local pubs and football pitches, and attend weddings and funerals.
Kent and Essex are connected by the Dartford Crossing - a transport hub for slave, drugs and arms traders as well killers and fugitives. The Crossing is the crucial piece of real estate in this bloody battle and the chilling setting for this hard-hitting, access-driven, insight into modern day gang warfare that takes the reader behind-the-scenes of a lethal struggle for domination.
• Bio/Memoir: Last Stop Auschwitz, by Eddy de Wind
An Auschwitz prisoner's remarkable account of suffering and survival, widely thought to be the only complete book written inside the camp itself.
'How much I learned from this brave man... The ultimate Holocaust testimony.' HEATHER MORRIS, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey
Afterword by JOHN BOYNE, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Eddy de Wind, a Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, was shipped to Auschwitz with his wife Friedel, whom he had met and married at the Westerbork labour camp in the Netherlands. At Auschwitz, they made it through the brutal selection process and were put to work. Each day, each hour became a battle for survival.
For Eddy, this meant negotiating with the volatile guards in the medical barracks. For Friedel, it meant avoiding the Nazis’ barbaric medical experiments. As the end of the war approached and the Russian Army drew closer, the last Nazis fled, taking many prisoners with them, including Friedel. Eddy hid under a pile of old clothes and stayed behind. Finding a notebook and pencil, he began to write with furious energy about his experiences.
Last Stop Auschwitz is an extraordinary account of life as a prisoner, a near real-time record of the daily struggle to survive but also of the flickering moments of joy Eddy and Friedel found in each other - passing notes through the fence, sometimes stealing a brief embrace. Documenting the best and the worst of humanity, it is a unique and timeless story that reminds us of what we as humans are capable of, but that there is hope, even in Hell. Thought to be the only complete book written within Auschwitz itself, it will linger with you long after the final page has been turned.
• Fantasy: Made Things, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky's Made Things is dark fantasy tale of how the most unlikely characters may become the most heroic.
Making friends has never been so important.
Welcome to Fountains Parish--a cesspit of trade and crime, where ambition curls up to die and desperation grows on its cobbled streets like mold on week-old bread.
Coppelia is a street thief, a trickster, a low-level con artist. But she has something other thieves don't... tiny puppet-like companions: some made of wood, some of metal. They don't entirely trust her, and she doesn't entirely understand them, but their partnership mostly works.
After a surprising discovery shakes their world to the core, Coppelia and her friends must re-examine everything they thought they knew about their world, while attempting to save their city from a seemingly impossible new threat.
You can purchase a February Box here, while stocks last!