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Byline: SHARI LOW

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

CLARE DOWLING

Published by Headline Just over a month until the turkey and the tinsel so here are some great stocking fillers for gal-pals and girlfriends.

If your favourite chum is an eternal romantic, likes a good giggle or has been chucked, rejected or jilted at the alter, then she'll love No Strings Attached. Judy is only hours away from marrying Barry, the bloke she's lived with for five years. The preparation for the big day has been like a military operation and everything is in place - except the groom, who has disappeared, leaving best man, Lenny to pick up the pieces. But will Lenny also manage to pick up the devastated bride? The perfect companion for a holiday chill-out.

TIME TO EAT

GARY RHODES

Published by Penguin Chocolate and Nut pancakes. Honey-mustard sausage bruchettas. Tiger pawns and tomatoes with basil and garlic mayonnaise.

Gary Rhodes sets the tastebud drool on a permanent high with this eclectic compilation of delectable dishes both traditional and refreshingly edgy. And each dish is categorised according to how long it takes to prepare so there's something for everyone from the committed cook to the harassed parent with minutes to prepare a meal.

So for the perfect present recipe, take one visit to the bookshop, add pounds 25, place inside a sheet of glossy wrap and serve with a smile.

THE X-FACTOR: ACCESS ALL AREAS

JORDAN PARAMOR

Published by Headline The signs are easy to spot - a compulsion to call numbers beginning with 0901, panting "Leon, Leon," in her sleep and confusion as to how to spend Saturday nights.

Yep, all devastating withdrawal symptoms from the prospect of being parted from Simon, Sharon, Louis and Danni on a Saturday night. The antidote? The X-Factor: Access All Areas. Featuring highlights of series one, two and three, a behind the scenes look at series four, interviews with the judges, catch-ups with previous contestants and tips for future hopefuls, this glossy guide might just keep that Cowell cold-turkey under control.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 24, 2007
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