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More Than Yorkshire Puddings – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Great news! Yorkshire Post food writer, Elaine Lemm’s new cookbook ‘More Than Yorkshire Puddings’ has been awarded Winner UK Best Regional Cookbook, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2023. Elaine will now compete against the books from other countries for Best in the World in the regional cookbook category and results will be announced in Umea, Sweden on May 25-28 2023.

Gourmand MTYP Award Book

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is a global international competition with 136 countries participating and are considered the Oscars of cookbook publishing. Each winner will represent their country in the “Best in the World” competition in Sweden in May 2023

Elaine said, ‘I was so delighted on receiving the news that More Than Yorkshire Puddings had scooped this prestigious award, so soon after publication. I feel very proud, not just for me, but everyone involved in the book especially the producers, growers, chefs, cooks and retailers here in Yorkshire; after all it is their hard work that makes Yorkshire food so amazing.’

Chris Tarrant at Appledore Book Festival

Chris Tarrant is at the Appledore Book Festival
Friday 23 September 2022
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ticket: £14

The king of popular broadcasting, Chris Tarrant will be recalling stories from a career that spans five decades. With 50 years of stories to tell, this promises to be a fun filled hour for all.

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Chris Tarrant at Aye Write Glasgow

Chris Tarrant will be appearing at Aye Write in Glasgow. ‘It’s Not a Proper Job’. 8pm on Saturday 14th May 2022 in The Mitchell Library.

Tickets: or by phone 0141 353 8000

Special announcement – The Squire of Knotty Ash

Lady Dodd and Great Northern Books are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of The Squire Of Knotty Ash… and his Lady, an intimate biography of Sir Ken Dodd, written by Anne, Lady Dodd & biographer and TV producer Tony Nicholson.

There have been other books about Ken Dodd’s career, but, being a very private person offstage, he always declined to cooperate with biographers, so they had to rely on the extremely limited and, at times, inaccurate information available in the public domain.

Lady Anne said: “Ken had always intended to write his autobiography, but he never got round to it.  He was too busy making people laugh.  Tony did a great job on the sensitively produced BBC2 documentary tribute to Ken in 2018, so when he suggested collaborating on a book together I thought this was the perfect opportunity to tell the real story of Ken’s astonishing life and career.  It has been a labour of love and I hope people will enjoy finding out about the human side of my fascinating husband, just as much as they used to love his joyously funny shows.”

Tony Nicholson said, “This book will change everything you thought you knew about Sir Ken.  He shied away from publicity and never talked about his private life, so the press often fed the public with exaggerations and misleading assumptions.  This revealing book changes all of that.

Sir Ken was one of Britain’s favourite entertainers and the last of the truly great variety stars of the 20th century.  If you liked Ken Dodd, and who didn’t, then you will love this book.”

The Squire of Knotty Ash… and his Lady will be published by Great Northern Books in the spring of 2021.

Link to pre-order page

‘Sands of Time’ shortlisted for top honour

‘Sands of Time,’ written by award-winning journalist and author Lindsay Sutton, is on the three-strong shortlist for the British Guild of Travel Writers’ ‘Travel Book of the Year.’
The book, published by Great Northern Books, was judged jointly by a travel writing panel from Britain, America and Australia, who chose the three finalists from a large entry of narrative travel books.
The final winner will be announced at a star-studded awards evening at the five-star Savoy Hotel in London’s West End next March (2021) when it is hoped that representatives from both Cumbria and Lancashire will be able to attend.