Hunter Davies is the author of over 30 books, many of them with a Lake District connection, as well as biographies of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Eddie Stobart. His authorised biography of Wainwright appeared in 1995. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and they divide their time between London and their Lake District home in Loweswater.
Not just a collection of recipes and tips for those suffering economical hardship today, but is a racy and often humourous personal commentary on the way people lived through two wars. Keswick Reminder A century's worth of handy and often hilarious exhortations. Manchester Evening News This is the book Davies was born to write. He's a hoarder by nature, a collector, and to research his project he simply raided his bookshelves for old leaflets and books, turning up such titbits as an 1891 recipe for"lark's pie"... Davies is the star of the book. Observer Governments and domestic gurus have long been telling us to economise and handing out tips on how to do so. Hunter Davies has ransacked magazines, books and leaflets from the past to compile an anthology of handy hints that is both entertaining and, in this credit crunch, highly useful. Waterstone's Books Quarterly It wont necessarily encourage such a consumerist society as ours to make-do-and-mend but will certainly raise a smile and forms an interesting romp through a century's social history. Cumbria Life If you want an antidote for the grim budget, then this is it. Hunter Davies's austerity anthology is packed with fun and delight, tips and advice that ought to lift depressed spirits. Camden New Journal A wry look at money-saving advice complied from Government campaigns, magazine agony aunts and posters. With a few chuckles at some of the more mystifiying ideas, there are still plenty of tips you'll find useful today. BBC Good Food Magazine Cold Meat is the perfect book for our times. We have grown fat and decadent. It's time to put some backbone into our lives. Of course the best way to save money is not to buy a book like this. That, however, would be to deny yourself an evening of gentle amusement. It would be taking austerity too far. Cumberland News Offering sage advice in uncertain times. Good Book Guide