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.


Raspberry Muffin Recipe – bake with mum





Raspberry muffins




Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for us to say a big Thank You to all our mums and what better way to show our appreciation than getting mum out of the kitchen and cooking something special for her instead? Yummy raspberry muffins are a real treat and easy to make using Loseley Summer Meadow Butter. Loseley Summer Meadow Butter is spreadable straight from the fridge and yet has all the creamy taste of traditional butter making it incredibly versatile. You can use it in baking and as a spread so once you’ve made the muffins










Self –raising flour 200g (7oz)


Baking powder 1 tsp


Caster sugar 75g (3oz)


Egg 1, beaten


Milk 175ml (6fl oz)


Loseley Summer Meadow Butter 125g (4 1/2oz, melted and cooled)


Fresh raspberries 175g (6oz)








1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Line a muffins tin with 9 muffin cases. Sift the self-raising flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a mixing bowl.

2. Whisk the beaten egg with the milk and cooled Loseley Summer Meadow Butter and stir into the dry ingredients, until just mixed (don’t over mix). Then add the raspberries.

3. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and lightly golden. Enjoy one while still warm! Then leave the rest to cool on a wire rack.




15 minutes preparation time


20-25minutes cooking time


216 Kcal per portion


13g fat per muffin of which


7.6g is saturated


Makes 9 muffins


Suitable for vegetarians + freezing




Cooks Tip




If you have raspberries left over from your punnet, stir them into Loseley Yoghourt and top with runny honey for a quick and tasty pud.


Loseley Summer Meadow Butter is packed in a 250grm tub and costs £1.29p.




Loseley Chilled Foods are available from the chilled cabinet of local independent grocers, Morrisons, Waitrose and now Iceland. Visit for more information.

How to never forget Mother’s Day flowers again


We’ve all been there when you walk through the door only to be greeted by cards reminding you of the birthday you missed or worse, the silent treatment because you forgot your anniversary. Help is at hand as Taylors Flowers has created the Forget-Me-Not package allowing you to order flowers for all the key occasions in one click.




Taking the worry out of trying to remember birthdays, Mother’s Day and anniversaries is the three-bouquet package available from just £99.99. But what if it isn’t a birthday or anniversary and you just want to say hello or cheer someone up? Well with the four-bouquet package you can ensure birthdays, anniversaries and others day are sorted and still have a spare arrangement for just such moments. Available from £129.99 from or by calling 0845 0099 304, the team at Taylors Flowers are on hand to help advise on the best arrangements available.




So if the love of your life adores tulips you can pre-order a bunch for their birthday, or for your mum who prefers pink and yellow roses, all these requests can be made when ordering. What’s more a personally written message can be added to all arrangements to add that finishing touch.




Founder, Kelly Taylor, has created an award winning boutique flower delivery service that offers a personal touch to each and every customer, wherever they are in the country. This one-to-one service combined with the use of only the best quality flowers, presented in an attractive and protective packaging, ensures every detail is covered to guarantee the lucky recipient will receive a striking bouquet, that will be as special as if you had hand-delivered it yourself.




So this year earn some brownie points for being more organised by letting someone else take care of the details. Find our more about the arrangements from Taylors Flowers by visiting the website or calling the team on 0845 0099 304.



Boots help Mums on Mother’s Day and beyond

Enjoy Mother’s Day with your little one with some help from Boots


Mothers Day can be a very special and magical day for any mum whatever age your children are. If you have a little one in your family, you may want to make it an even more memorable one. Whether you will be celebrating your first Mother’s Day on Sunday 3rd April, or second or third, Boots want to help you treasure the day with your child, whilst still allowing for a little pampering time for yourself.


The great news is, Boots has a 3 for 2 offer across thousands of baby items from 4th April until 3rd May, leaving you with some extra cash to splash out on a few treats for yourself whilst keeping your baby happy and healthy. *


If you’re considering a day out with your baby to celebrate the occasion, Boots Wrist Reins (£5.10) are great for when your child has outgrown a harness, but still needs close supervision. Don’t forget to take a camera with you so you can capture your baby’s precious moments, the Boots Single Use Disposable Camera with flash, is £6.12.


If you are staying at home, you may want to spend some time playing with your baby. Boots Play and Splash Mats (£6.12), help keep mess to a minimum so there’s less tidying up for you to do. They are disposable and ideal for both meal and play time.



Whether you will be having a special family meal out this Mother’s Day or enjoying a meal at home, Boots has a wide range of delicious and nutritious baby food to help keep your baby satisfied.


If your baby has been weaned onto solids, consider Boots Baby Organic Creamy Rice Breakfast, 190g jar (0.69, stage 1), to start the day. It is organically made, gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.




For dinnertime, consider Boots Baby Organic Creamy Vegetables with Pasta, 125g jar (60p, stage 1) which is organically made with no added salt.


To help keep your little one clean for your special Mother’s Day photos, consider Boots Baby Burb Cloth & Bibs (£5.10). They will help to protect your baby’s clothes from any accidental spills that can occur during and after feeding.


Bathtime can be also be a magical part of the day and a real chance for you and your baby to bond. Gentle sponge baths are perfect for the first few weeks of a newborn’s life. Consider Boots Ramer Ultra Soft Baby Sponges (£2.04 for two), which are ultra soft and caring on your baby’s skin. To help make bathtime fun, consider Boots Fun Animal Sponges (£2.00 each). They have been made from a special material which makes them much softer than normal man-made sponges.


After the first few weeks of sponge baths, it is time to try a real bath. Consider Boots Essentials Baby Bath (£7.99), which is an ergonomically designed specifically manufactured baby bath with safety in mind.


When bathing your baby, you may like to try Boots Baby and Toddler Bath Mat (£10.21), which creates a non-slip surface to help keep your baby safe. Its new longer length is ideal for bathing two children at the same time.


After a busy day with your baby, you may want to treat yourself to some me-time, especially on Mother’s Day. To help you get your baby ready for sleep, consider Boots Dreamtime Calming Bath (£2.03). It is pH balanced to gently cleanse delicate skin without drying, leaving your baby’s skin soft and clean. With a warm, calming aroma of Lavender and Chamomile, known for their soothing properties, Boots Dreamtime Calming Bath will relax and calm your baby as part of their snuggle and bedtime routine.


After your baby’s bath, consider massaging Boots Baby Sensitive Oil (300ml £2.03) into your baby’s delicate skin. It seals in moisture to leave skin soft and smooth. After this, your baby will be ready to tuck into bed leaving you with some time to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening.


Once your baby is sound asleep, why not take a moment to put your feet up and settle down on the sofa and create a photo album to treasure your special memories? Boots Memo ABC Baby Slip-In Photo Album, 180 photos 7×5 (£14.30) is a stylish way to keep your treasured photographs in one place.


After enjoying time with your baby don’t forget to pamper yourself.

If you are after a luxurious pampering experience, try No7 Sumptuous Bath Soak, £9.00, which is a silky bath milk that cleanses and cares for your skin whilst you lie back, relax and enjoy.


After your bath, treat your skin to No7 Protect & Perfect Intensively Moisturising Body Serum, 200ml, £27.00, makes your skin softer and brighter instantly.


With some great offers on indulgent bathing products at Boots from 23rd March – 19th April, why not snap up some extra treats for yourself? These bathing products feel and smell so good that you will be whisked off to a pampered paradise from the comfort of your own home.


* • Natural Collection Vanilla Treat Time, £6.79.

* • Botanics box of Treats (£10.27)

* • Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Treatment set (£13.02)

* • Ted Baker Ltd Ed Body Souffle (200ml, £4.28)

* • Soap & Glory Soaper Heroes (£12.77)




About Boots Parenting Club

From bump to baby and up until your child’s second birthday, we know mums will enjoy being a member of Boots Parenting Club, as they benefit from exclusive advice, information and offers online that you and your little one will love.

The Boots Parenting Club is open to all UK residents who are pregnant and/or have a child or children up to, but not including, their 2nd birthday. In order to be a member of the Club, you must have an Advantage Card. If you don’t already have one, you’ll be signed up for the Advantage Card scheme as part of joining the Parenting Club. For more information, visit

Members of Boots Parenting Club can now receive 10 Advantage Card Points for every £1 spent on baby products in Boots*. So for every £10 you spend on baby products, you’ll receive £1 back in Advantage Card points to buy whatever you like from Boots for you and your family.




Love You Mum – essential reading for mums

Mum’s Arcade can think of no better mother’s day gift than one that really does have the power to make mums feel better about themselves.  Flowers

are nice to receive but here is a gift that can transform a mother’s poor opinion of herself and make the family happier as a whole.  It tackles real life

situations that we get ourselves into despite our very best intentions and shows you how to change your thinking.  It has a mantra of “Stop Trying to

be the Mum you think you should be.  Start enjoying the Mum you are.”


The founder of Mum’s Arcade read the book in one sitting on a long train journey and just wishes the common sense approach had featured from

day one of her parenting.


The transition between manager to mother is one many career women have to

make these days. And for many, it can be an overwhelming experience.

Comparing yourself to other mums, stressed out and feeling frumpy – maybe

life as a Mum is not as was expected. But mums aren’t alone.


Published this Spring to coincide with Mother’s Day, Love You Mum is a

unique new book. It is not a practical parenting guide; there are no child

rearing tips, no logistical advice on childcare, or magical fool proof

formulas for happy children. It is a book purely for one of the most

important influences on a child’s life – Mum! Gillian Campbell provides a

guide to creating and maintaining a resourceful mindset through those first

few years of being a Mum. A chance to uncover, or re-discover the lost parts

that disappeared into the depths of the stresses and strains of motherhood.


“The book is for Mums who perhaps end more days wishing they hadn’t

snapped at their kids and their partners more than they had laughed and

loved the challenges they faced. Those who dive into the escape of a glass

of wine, an internet site or a reality TV show at the end of each day,

rather than spending time with their partner or putting steps in place

towards the goals they dream of achieving,” says Gillian.


Gillian creates opportunities for the reader to re-evaluate, re-focus and

re-discover the person they are now they have children in their life. She

works through mindset techniques to reduce worry, guilt, and un- resourceful

stress based thinking. She shares methods for mindfulness, emotional

responsibility and regaining a sense of joy alongside purpose rather than

strain and pressure. So women can enjoy their journey through motherhood.


“At last, a book to stop that self-guilt that’s the bedfellow of all

modern mums,” says Daniella Delaney, Editor of Practical Parenting &

Pregnancy magazine.


About the Author:


Gillian Campbell before she embarked on motherhood in her late 30’s (her

most challenging and rewarding role yet!) had navigated a corporate

leadership career within the pharmaceutical sector. As an expert in

emotional resilience, she now runs courses for Mums nationally. Gillian is

the founder of – a forum for Mums who feel

isolated and trapped by some of the experiences of motherhood. She is a

happily married, working Mum for two boys under four and their black

Labrador Wilson.


Love You Mum is published by Barnes Holland in the UK on Monday 7th March

2011. ISBN: 9780956312815, Paperback, RRP: £12.95. Available in all good





Mother’s Day in Belgravia

With its array of boutiques and village-like atmosphere, Belgravia is the ideal destination to spoil your mother this Mother’s Day. Only a five minute walk from Victoria or Sloane Square, Belgravia’s three main shopping streets – Pimlico Road, Elizabeth Street and Motcomb Street -offer luxurious fashion and accessories, spa treatments, delicious food and drink, jewellery and homewares.


Inspiring gift ideas include…




Delicious Treats


Peggy Porschen


Visit the unmistakably pink parlour this Mothering Sunday and treat your much loved Mum to afternoon tea in a delightfully pretty setting. Sample freshly baked delicacies from the award-winning cake designer to the stars, served on signature porcelain stands in distinctively dainty surroundings with a special menu to treat mothers on their special day.


116 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QQ, 020 7730 1316




The Orange, The Pantechnicon, The Thomas Cubitt


Dine out this Mother’s Day in one of Belgravia’s traditional gastro-pubs. The Orange on Pimlico Road, The Pantechnicon on Motcomb Street and The Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street will be offering all mothers a complimentary glass of champagne with bookings in the first floor restaurant.


The Orange: 37 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NE, 020 7881 9844


The Pantechnicon: 10 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LA, 020 7730 6074


The Thomas Cubitt: 44 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PA, 020 7730 6060








Glow Urban Spa


Indulge your mother in some well-deserved pampering ahead of Mother’s Day at Glow Urban Spa. Make her “Glow All Over” with a bespoke package including a Dermalogica Facial specifically adapted for your needs by Glow’s expert as well as a relaxing custom massage finished with a file and polish.


44 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP, 020 7730 9977


8 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU, 020 7752 0652




Floral Delights


Wild at Heart


Treat your mother with a bouquet of beautiful spring flowers lovingly arranged by Nikki Tibbles at Wild at Heart and located on the corner of iconic Orange Square.


30A Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LJ, 020 72291174




Every mother should have a beautiful vase to display her flowers this Mother’s Day, so why not treat her to a stunning crackled vase from renowned designer David Linley.


60 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP, 020 7730 7300


Joanna Wood


Step into Spring with Joanna Wood’s stylish collection of irresistible home accessories. Visit the shop on Pimlico Road for an array of beautiful homewares with lovely floral touches to treat your mother this Mother’s Day


48A Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP, 020 7730 5064






Judith teachingJudith Blacklock Flower School


Learn how to create a gorgeous handtied bouquet of seasonal flowers for your mother while she relaxes with champagne and cupcakes. During this inspiring course, Judith will teach you how to make this most versatile of designs, so that you can give your mother flowers all year round.


4/5 Kinnerton Place South, SW1X 8EH, 020 7235 6235






Gorgeous Gifts


Carolina Bucci


Carolina Bucci has a stunning array of gifts perfect for Mother’s Day, be it a charming ‘baby boy’ or ‘baby girl’ pendant perfect for any new mother, or a pair of mother-and-child matching ‘Bambini’ bracelets. Those wishing to go the extra mile can also personalise a gift and create something entirely unique.


4 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU, 020 7838 9977






De Vroomen


For bespoke Mother’s Day presents visit De Vroomen for the perfect gift of unique 18ct gold, diamond and enamel butterfly brooches. Each brooch can be hand engraved with the name of your loved one to give it that extra personal touch.


59 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PP, 020 7730 1901






For more information about Belgravia and its retail offer visit



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