ISSUE 1, April 2002

Editorial
MQ Interview: HRH the Duke of Kent
Grand Lodge: Quarterly Communication
Masonic Charities
Grand Lodge: General News
Architecture: Freemasons' Hall: Art Deco in the Shadow of Covent Garden
Gardener's Diary: Springing into Action
Book Reviews

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Best Sellers
The Summons
John Grisham

List Price: 16.99
Hardcover 341 pages

Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce.
      He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep.
      And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi.
      He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.
With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate.
      It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid.
      But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.
      And perhaps someone else.

Food
Delia's How to Cook - Book 3
Delia Smith

List Price: 18.99
Hardback 240 pages
    Gardening
RHS Gardening Through the Year
Ian Spence

List Price: 19.99
Paperback - 384 pages
In part three of "How to Cook" Delia continues and completes her journey through the fundamentals of cooking, revisiting traditional areas that are often overlooked, as well as exploring more contemporary concerns for the modern cook. The recipes, all beautifully photographed, range from neglected classics to exciting new flavours. You can learn the techniques of preserving, how to equip your kitchen and get the most out of food processors, bread machines and ice-cream makers. Delia also focuses on first courses to last courses and introduces us to the wonderful world of pulses. The book features 130 recipes.

Whatever the season, this accessible reference book is a guide to a full 12 months of horticultural tasks. Clearly laid out and completely practical in approach, the guide is designed to ensure you make the very best use of your time.
      As well as specific monthly tasks for every part of the garden, there are at-a-glance checklists, expert plant advice and tips on organization including "Get Ahead" and "Is it Too Late?" With more than 1000 full-colour photographs of star plants for each month, step-by-step photographic sequences of garden projects and illustrated tasks, this is the garden reference that not only tells you what to do when, but also shows you how to do it. To help you upgrade your garden or make maintenance easier, there is a DIY project suggestion for every month. Good gardening depends on timing - when to plant and when to prune, when to feed and when to water, when to build and when to maintain.

Best Seller
Decipher
Stel Pavlov

List Price: 6.99
Paperback - 806 pages
    Childrens Section
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien

List Price: 5.99
Papeback - 288 pages
There is a signal emanating from deep within the ice of Antarctica. Atlantis has awoken. Ancient monuments all over the world from the Pyramids of Giza, to Mexico to the ancient sites of China are all awakening too. Reacting to a brewing crisis not of this earth. Connecting to each other in some kind of ancient global network. A small group of scientists have the fate of the earth in their hands. And they have days in which to save it. In the greatest tradition of Jules Verne, and with the breath taking depth and pace of Michael Crichton, Stel Pavlou's Decipher is a roller-coaster ride through an epic of an adventure.

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.
      Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children's fiction.


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