Ever watched TV show Portrait Artist Of The Year wishing you could create the same magic on paper but not known how? Don't give up hope as this new book features 60 creative activities to teach beginners how to draw.
Helping you get to grips with simple drawing techniques, there's a focus on everything from shade to perspective and movement.
What's more, this sturdy book comes in large, hardback format with space on the pages to draw, as shown in the photo below.
The Urban Forager includes the kind of tools you'll need, explanations on what is available by season and stunning photos that make this a joy to look at. It will surprise you on the extent of what you can find and make - from elderflower fritters to cherry blossom shortbread.
Lawrence has over 10 years' experience in foraging and has even supplied wild food to royalty, Michelin-starred restaurants and breweries.
If you order direct from Hoxton Mini Press, it turns up beautifully-wrapped in quirky Hoxton wrapping paper, which has an illustrated map of parts of Hackney and London.
Where's My Happy Ending? - by Mother Pukka Anna Whitehouse and Papa Pukka Matt Farquharson (£14.99); Bluebird books for life.
This fascinating book tells the true story about one of Britain's first female detectives, who opened a detective agency in London in 1905.
With a life and cases as gripping as any fictional crime thriller, this is a book that has mass appeal for its humour, crime stories and about the lengths a woman had to go to in order to thrive in a male-dominated world.
This sci-fi novel, also classed as a YA novel, is an action-packed adventure in a dystopian world following 16-year-old heroine Aura, who discovers she has deadly powers.
Aura is the debut novel from author R.J Wade and features a strong heroine in a troubled futuristic world, similar to The Hunger Games.
Introducing Aura as she is separated from her parents, the reader follows her as she is taken in by a mentor and harnesses her true potential.
This gripping sci-fi adventure enthrals with a new type of hero that you'll wish we had in these troubled times.
An ideal book to escape to another world.
The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley (£18.99); Pan Macmillan
The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley
Available in hardback and soon to be released on paperback, The Sun Sister is the latest in Lucinda Riley's hugely successful Seven Sisters Series.
The popular Irish author combines modern romance with historical fiction in this series following seven adopted sisters. If you're new to Riley, catch up on the series so far that includes The Storm Sister and Moon Sister.
Each novel concentrates on a different sister after their adoptive father – an elusive billionaire called Pa Salt – dies. Each woman is given a tantalising clue to their past, which sets them on a journey about their heritage, complete with loss and love.
The Sun Sister is the latest release about supermodel Electra D'Aplièse - from her seeking solace in alcohol and drugs in Manhattan to finding herself and her family background in the beauty of Kenya.
Although the novels can be read in any order, the first book in the series is The Seven Sisters; followed by The Storm Sister which has been nominated for the prestigious Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy, The Shadow Sister, The Pearl Sister, The Moon Sister, and The Sun Sister, with another book to follow.
One thing is for sure - I will not run out of books.
Thanks Alison for your images and book suggestions.
I do like real books - have been reading some study books online and my eyes go funny after a while!