S.L. Mills

Christine Wells’ quest for exquisite food moments

2019-07-22T22:16:58+11:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Christine Wells, author of The Juliet Code, shares her obsession with dangerous women and the French Resistance with Word of Mouth TV. Set in wartime France when rations were in place, Christine hones in on the delicacies - all the items that weren't available, such as coffee - and relays the exquisite delight her characters experience when they sample their favourite rare fare. For Christine, the physical memory of a food can be one of the most powerful food experiences, which perhaps explains why she is going "retro" for her death-bed meal.

Christine Wells’ perfect picnic quiche

2019-07-05T14:44:08+11:00Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
Christine Wells' novel The Juliet Code is set in wartime France, a period when everyone was on rations and food was hard to come by. It also features a picnic. That made your standard lavish meal a tad unsuitable. So after cracking our heads we settled upon a quiche because you can make quiche out of just about any leftovers in the fridge (which is great when you are short of food), it's French, it's easy, and it's perfect for a picnic. Enjoy!

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2019-07-04T15:25:30+11:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
It's raining again! Perfect reading and cooking weather, and do we have some reads for you! Feeling like curling up with some rural romance? Christine Wells recommends The Cowgirl by Australian author Anthea Hodgson. Christine read Hodgson's previous novel The Drifter , and was hooked. So get your reading gear on, a bar of chocolate, and maybe some tissues, and enjoy this wonderful winter's offering - six recommendations in all.

The Juliet Code – by Christine Wells

2019-06-30T16:48:07+11:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
Australian author Christine Wells has been making a name for herself writing intelligent, suspenseful historical novels. Her latest offering, The Juliet Code, begins in 1947 when a young woman named Juliet Barnard is being interrogated about her role as an undercover wireless operator for the Allies in Nazi-occupied France during the war. She is wracked with guilt and remorse over the disappearance of a friend and colleague of hers, and so agrees to help her friend’s brother track down what happened to her. Her bravery, resolution, and quick wits prove to be more valuable than strength and ruthlessness.

Episode 12 – Christine Wells – The Juliet Code

2019-07-05T15:09:43+11:00Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Join us as we interview Christine Wells about her spy thriller romance The Juliet Code set in World War II France. Female spies have always held an exotic fascination for readers - think Mata Hari, Australia's Nancy Wake or Marvel's fictional Black Widow. Perhaps this fascination emerges from the sharp contrast between the courage involved and the relative physical frailty and social vulnerability of women. On so many counts, the female is outmatched - except for her intelligence and wit of course. And her main ally is the fact that she is constantly underestimated.

Christine Wells’ super spy thriller giveaway

2019-06-28T15:48:38+11:00Categories: Giveaway|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Juliet Code
Thanks to publisher Penguin Random House and authors Kate Forsyth and S.L. Mills, Word of Mouth TV has two more book packs to give away this week for our special Kids & YA Festival edition. If you love a good spy thriller, this ones for you. Based on the escapades of real-life female spies from World War II, The Juliet Code has a wonderful ring of authenticity and is a reminder of the many and varied, not to mention courageous roles that women have played throughout throughout history. And let's not forget the adventure and romance ...!

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2019-04-15T16:29:23+11:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
Word of Mouth TV has three more great Australian novels to recommend this month, and three new cookbooks. Pamela Hart kicks off with The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock, a book written by none other than her husband Stephen Hart - his debut novel. But Pamela swears she is not recommending it just because Stephen wrote it. She edited the book as well, so it is, indeed, etched into her heart, excuse the pun. "Everytime I read it, I forgot to edit it," she says. "It just sucked me in all over again."

Pamela Hart’s love of food, words and the chip butty

2019-04-15T16:40:16+11:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Pamela Hart says the most difficult part of writing the The Desert Nurse was recording the endless stream of casualties from Gallipoli in a manner that wouldn't overwhelm the reader. Pamela is a research-heavy author and food also plays a key role in her novels. The Country Women's Association cookbooks are her go-to references for the food of the times. She also has a soft spot for Margaret Fulton and the chip butty.

Pamela Hart’s lovely slow-cooked Egyptian lamb

2019-05-21T10:53:41+11:00Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
To celebrate Pamela Hart's fabulous war-time setting in North Africa, we settled upon this absolutely delicious roast lamb in pomegranate molasses with flatbread. Lamb is, of course, typical Mediterranean fare in both Europe and Africa, which made it the perfect meal over which to discuss The Desert Nurse. This dish was surprisingly simple and really packed some bang for buck. It's great for crowds and family weekends and would be perfect fare for an ANZAC weekend.

Pamela Hart’s romantic Gallipoli giveaway

2019-04-12T15:32:56+11:00Categories: Giveaway|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Desert Nurse
Thanks to Hachette and authors Kate Forsyth and S.L. Mills, Word of Mouth TV has this beautiful Pamela Hart book pack to giveaway. And the timing is perfect. ANZAC day is just two weeks away, and of course, Pamela's novel The Desert Nurse is set in Egypt during the Gallipoli campaign. It will be the perfect read to evoke the life and times of the period and to commemorate one of Australia's most widely celebrated holidays.

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