Nine Lives – a novel

Mum’s Arcade founder Kate is currently reading the book below.

The most wonderful thing about this book so far is how it describes all-powerful attraction between a man and a woman and how a relationship develops over time.

It looks at people’s motivations well and a particularly strong feature is the detailed descriptions of places that make you want to find out more.

Kate is looking forward to reading more.

Nine Lives Dan Fox Debut novel …… a journey through life…..

Men are sensitive too…

Dan Fox’s debut novel NINE LIVES is a deep and powerful love story that’s both beautiful and emotive, taking the reader on a poetic journey to many exotic and emotional locations while raising a variety of thought-provoking issues. The novel sensitively explores the random effect of timing in our lives along with questions of fate or karma, man’s good amidst evil and nature’s cruelty.

This the story of a journey through one man’s life – but in many ways it’s also the story of us all. Written with surprising masculine sensitivity, NINE LIVES follows the life of Dan Roberts, his first love, his first grief, his first despair and the way he learns to deal with regret as he faces his past and his faith. Along the way, the author weaves a host of other experiences into a wonderfully described journey.

“A beautiful book; deep and powerful; Nine Lives is primarily a love story; but it is also truly a journey through life”.

The title Nine Lives derives from Dan’s feeling, common to so many of us, that our lives can sometimes seem to be made up of different chapters; as if some events must have been experienced by somebody different – and lived in a different life. This book takes the reader on an emotional journey encompassing many feelings and reflections on life to which all readers can relate from their own experiences. It deliberately provokes discussion in the reader’s mind, as well as quiet contemplation, without seeking to give a view – indeed, it is as if the reader is joining the author on this journey. The author has a distinctive voice and a unique style of writing, which flows poetically with an incredibly honest approach and rawness.

“It does help people ‘deal with any loss’ in their lives. I set out to write a story that would be emotional and encourage the reader to reflect on various issues in life that affect us all. In particular, I hope it will help deal with the inexplicable sense of loss that we can all too often experience.“ – Dan Fox

Editor notes

Fiction: Literary

Fiction: Romance – General

Fiction: Romance – Contemporary

ISBN Complete: 978-1-905553-69-3

United Kingdom £5.99 GBP

Author’s Biography

Full date of Birth: 2nd January 1965

Place of Birth ‐ Town & Country: Hastings, UK – Gun Hill, East Sussex, UK TN21 0JS

Current place of residence ‐ Town & Country: Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland

Country of Citizenship: UK

About the author:

Dan Fox is the nom de plume of Ian Wilson, a father of three who was born into the typical middle class environment of an old English seaside town. At a young age Ian left for the bright lights of London and after studying law at King’s College London, he spent 8 years in Hong Kong. He soon left behind his burgeoning legal career as ‘too boring’ and has since built successful business interests that have taken him all over the globe. He now lives in the mountains of Switzerland with his beautiful wife, children and three dogs.

Nine Lives is Dan Fox’s first novel. Further projects, including his new novel ‘Blood Love’ are currently under development.

For more information about ‘NINE LIVES’ go to


Celebrate the Royal Wedding with News of the World giveaway



Free Double Party CD for Every Reader



No party is complete without a sound track – and starting this Sunday, readers of the News of the World will be able to get their very own ultimate party CD, completely free of charge.


Britain’s biggest Sunday newspaper is giving away the fantastic two-disc CD filled with 16 classic floor fillers – including Karma Chameleon, The One and Only, Walking on Sunshine and Don’t You Want Me.


The collection, called ‘A Right Royal Knees Up’, is available from this Sunday (April 10) with CD1 in a collectible wallet, and continues the following week (April 17) with CD2. It’s enough to get any party started.


The vouchers for the free CDs will be printed in the News of the World on Sunday April 10 and 17, and CDs are available to pick up at all Tesco stores (except forecourts) nationwide.


CD1 comes with a special collector’s edition street party sleeve, with space for CD2 to be added the following week. The full track listing is as follows:


CD1 – available from April 10


1. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon

2. Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine

3. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This

4. Chesney Hawkes – The One and Only

5. Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together

6. Heaven 17 – Temptation

7. Pato Banton feat. Ali & Robin Campbell – Baby Come Back

8. The Swinging Blue Jeans – The Hippy Hippy Shake


CD 2 – available from April 17


1. The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

2. Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth

3. Human League – Don’t You Want Me

4. Kajagoogoo – Too Shy

5. Supergrass – Alright

6. Huey Lewis and The News – The Power of Love

7. Tommy James and The Shondells – Mony Mony

8. Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining


The CD will be promoted with a TV advert across both weekends. The ad continues the comic set-up theme of the paper’s on-going ‘The Big Stories Start Here’ campaign and depicts a guest singing along to her CD during a wedding ceremony. It airs from Friday April 8.





News of the World is £1 nationwide and is available every Sunday.


CD1 voucher valid from 10/04/2011 to 16/04/2011.


CD 2 voucher valid 17/04/2011 to 23/04/2011.


This offer is not running in the Republic of Ireland.


Terms and conditions are on the vouchers which are printed in the paper. One coupon per product purchased, subject to availability, may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, not redeemable through, no cash value to voucher, no change will be given. Coupon remains the property of Tesco Stores Limited and is not for re-sale or publication.


Dealtastic Bargain Shopping

Have you visited Dealtastic, the website for a wide range of goods at bargain prices?  From toys and games to gadgets, from electronics to beauty products, it is all there.

We recently received a Snug-Rug Deluxe in Coral Fleece from Dealtastic.  This is generous blanket complete with sleeves plus handy pocket pouch, ideal for your remote control on a telly night.   You could use the pouch for all sorts of items including your reading glasses or your mobile telephone.

The blanket has over-sized sleeves so you can use your laptop, read or snack comfortably.

Let’s face it!  It is still a bit nippy out there and this product is great at keeping you comforted and warm.  It is lightweight and cosy and ideal for lounging around.  Other uses might include for long journeys in the car or when camping.

The blanket comes in a variety of colours and is machine washable.  It measures 152cm x 213cm so is very generously sized.

Check out their new ‘refer a friend’ scheme whereby any dealtastic account holder (sign up is free) who refers friends (who then purchase from the site) will receive 10% credit of the purchase value.


Create a Tub of Love with Radox

This Valentine’s Day why not give your beloved the perfect gift – a long soak in a Radox bath?

To celebrate Valentine’s Day 2011 Radox has a couple of bath treats designed to keep you and your partner’s senses bubbling all night long. Pour Calendula & Rose bath for a calming, luxurious soak, or ‘spice it up’ with a glug of Eastern Spirit.

Both come in shades of pink which make them perfect Valentine’s gifts and they will ensure you stay in your partner’s good books once Saint Valentine has been and gone – just keep running those baths!

Calendula & Rose Moisture Soak – With Calendula and natural rose essence it leaves a sweet, flowery fragrance that sets just the right mood for a relaxing bath and helps leave your skin soft and silky. RRP: £1.99

Eastern Spirit Bath Therapy – Inspired by Oriental traditions and including Lotus Flower and Orange Blossom, the Eastern Spirit allows you to sink into a blissful and aromatic bath. RRP: £1.60
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Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Chocolate Fondue


You will need:

Fondue dish & forks

Tea light



100g Dark chocolate

2 tbsp Whole milk

8 tbsp Double cream

2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract


Assorted fruits for dipping



  • In a pan gently heat the milk, cream, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract and chocolate until melted, stir to combine and then tip into the fondue dish with the lit Tea light underneath
  • Cut the fruit into bite size chunks, place on a plate with the marshmallows
  • Dip and enjoy




Heart-shaped bottle of Raspberry Vodka


Think Valentines and words that spring to mind immediately are heart and red.   Impress your loved one with a 500 ml heart-shaped bottle of Raspberry Vodka from DemiJohn,

To really make a statement, have a bottle of champagne on ice.  Place some of the raspberry vodka in the bottom of a flute and pour the champagne on top for a colourful concoction to tease your partner’s tastebuds.  It can be drunk also as an aperitif or as a digestif after supper.

Drinking Raspberry Vodka is a lovely experience.  The colour red is vibrant and puts you in the mood for love.  The aroma is amazing and the taste superb.

Raspberry Vodka is made from Scottish raspberries  infused in vodka and priced at £20.60.

Demijohn is a unique liquid deli and sells online from and from its shops in York, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Kirstie Allsopp’s Choc Fudge Recipe

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Makes: 60 pieces

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Chilling time: 1hour


400g (14oz) dark or milk chocolate

397g can Carnation Condensed Milk

25g (1oz) butter

100g (3½oz) icing sugar

55g (2oz) roasted chopped nuts (optional)


1. Chop the chocolate into small chunks and place in a non-stick saucepan with the condensed milk and butter, heat very gently, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth.  (Alternatively place these ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 10-20 second bursts, stirring frequently until the mixture is silky smooth).

2. Beat the icing sugar into the mixture until combined thoroughly.  Press the fudge into a 18cm (7in) square tin, smooth over the top and press the nuts into the surface, if using.

3. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour until set, cut into squares.


Try any nuts or dried fruit you like in this recipe – pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds all work really well.  Or you could try adding cranberries, blueberries or even mini marshmallows!

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