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The Olive Branch

Jo Thomas’ ode to the most divisive of Christmas veg

It really wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts! What I love most about sprouts is the way they bring my family together. I love the fact that my husband has one sprout, once a year – it’s tradition. I love remembering the time my daughter thought she was being really cool and loaded her plate […]

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Travel and foodie heaven at the inaugural Rooftop Book Club

Last night saw us ascend to the heady heights of 6th Story at Carmelite House for the very first Rooftop Book Club event – Holiday Reads on the Roof.  Refusing to be dampened by the rain, a brilliantly bookish crowd filled seats in anticipation of our globe-trotting  panel of authors – THE DISH author Stella […]

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Competition: Read and Review THE OLIVE BRANCH to win an Italian hamper!

The Bookends team are running an exclusive competition for five readers to win a copy of Jo Thomas’ brand new paperback THE OLIVE BRANCH. Plus, one of the five will also be randomly selected to win this hamper-full of Italian goodness. All we ask in return? Send us your review of the book telling us […]

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Quick-fire Q&A with Jo Thomas

If I had to go back in time and choose another career… I want to change career every week. Usually I want to be a different type of farmer. Right now I want to be an olive farmer. My most memorable meal… My 20th birthday on a beach in the South of France in a […]

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A visit to Big Ears’ House: My first taste of Puglia by Jo Thomas

I had never heard of trullos. I had never heard of Puglia. That is, until my brother and his wife invited us to their home there. My sister in law had had a long love affair with the area and had bought a small trullo years ago, with its own olive grove. Before this visit […]

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