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Win a box full of relaxing goodies!

1st March 2024

Win a box full of relaxing goodies!

In the box there’s a copy of The Translator by Harriet Crawley, a brilliant and topical new spy thriller by a Harriet Crawley, a hand-painted bookmark, a Moleskin notebook, a beautiful beach towel (ideal for lying in the sun doing nothing), some herbal teas to relax you, a few delicious sweets, and a couple of candles to set the atmosphere.

The Translator by Harriet Crawley:

A highly topical thriller about a Russian plot to cut the undersea communication cables linking the US to the UK. Also, a passionate love story between two people determined to stop this cataclysmic act.

Clive Franklin, a Russian language expert in the Foreign Office, is summoned unexpectedly to Moscow to act as translator for the British Prime Minister. His life is turned on its head when, after more than a decade, he discovers that his former lover, Marina Volina, is now the interpreter to the Russian President. At the embassy, Clive learns of a Russian plot to cut the undersea cables linking the US to the UK which would paralyse communications and collapse the Western economy. Marina stuns Clive with the news that she’s ready to help stop the attack, betraying her country for a new identity and a new life. Clive becomes the go-between, relaying Marina’s intelligence to MI6 back in London. What are the odds that two lovers, running the Moscow marathon with the FSB on their backs, can save Western Europe from economic meltdown?


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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 13/03/2024 at 5:43 pm





  2. User: EmmaDee80

    Posted on: 13/03/2024 at 10:02 am

    Going on a nice walk with the dogs


  3. User: sidbert

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 11:57 pm

    Walking in the countryside or on a beach.


  4. User: John Walker

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 11:49 pm

    I relax by watching a good film or tv show with some snacks and drinks.


  5. User: Patricia Barrett

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:59 pm

    If the weather permits, I like to garden to unwind. Or read in the garden.


  6. User: Katherine McDonald

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:53 pm

    A hot bath and a good book


  7. User: Claire Hamilton

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:44 pm

    I like to relax by taking a nice bath.


  8. User: Adrian Bold

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:36 pm

    I listen to music to try and relax.


  9. User: Claire Mitchell

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:31 pm

    I love reading in my garden on a warm, sunny afternoon with a chilled glass of wine.


  10. User: bopper

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:25 pm

    with a lovely hot bath and the radio on in the background


  11. User: Tirranna

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:18 pm

    I like to relax with a g and t in front of my wood burner binge watching tv.


  12. User: clauski

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:05 pm

    I have to say chilling on the beach with a book in hand is definitely the best way to relax – not able to do this too often though sadly!


  13. User: QuietGeordie

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 9:27 pm

    Curled up under a cosy blanket with a good book is my favourite way to relax!


  14. User: Mouse21

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 9:25 pm

    I cannot think of a better way to relax and unwind than snuggled up on the sofa with a good book and a large mug of hot chocolate to hand


  15. User: Mouse21

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 9:19 pm

    Cannot think of a better way to relax and unwind than snuggled up on the sofa with a good book and a large mug of hot chocolate to hand


  16. User: FitCee

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 8:55 pm

    I like to have a long walk in nature, then get a nice cup of tea, settle on the sofa, with mobile at my side in case someone communicates. Then open my book and read a nice amount until my brain is satisfied.


  17. User: Rachel Colclough

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 7:58 pm

    Bubble bath and a good book or on a sunny day sitting in the garden with a chilled glass of wine and a good book.


  18. User: RebeccaSwindells

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 5:25 pm

    I love to relax snuggled in a comfy chair with a cup of tea, a chocolate bar with a good book


  19. User: Curly

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 1:45 pm

    Curled up in my favourite chair with a gripping thriller in front of a roaring fire.


  20. User: Lauraj

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 1:34 pm

    I love to relax with a book in the garden. Even at times when it’s raining I have the gazebo up and sit under it. Breathing in the fresh air makes me happy with a book.
    Love books that are self care books such as good vibes good life, or my year of yes by Shonda Rhimes, then I life to read books on where I’m from whether that’s Manchester books on how the movement of the hacienda happened to books about my Irish heritage.
    I just love books.


  21. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 12:31 pm

    Tea, chocolate & a book on the sofa


  22. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 11:14 am

    A book + a brew + a biscuit = BLISS! My favourite way to relax and escape the reality of real life but it puzzles me that I opt for more gritty crime fiction and psychological thrillers than other genres although I do sometimes choose something lighter if needed!


  23. User: Natalia S

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 10:56 am

    Reading a good book in the garden


  24. User: Sharon mead

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 9:16 am

    I love a spa day and always take a good book!


  25. User: jedicho

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 8:42 am

    Reading a good book with a cup of tea – perfect!


  26. User: Michelle Ptak

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 7:48 am

    With a cuppa and my book! Many thanks!


  27. User: Emma Walters

    Posted on: 12/03/2024 at 6:42 am

    sunday mornings going for a run and coming back to relax with a good book


  28. User: buzzybev

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 9:55 pm

    I love reading in bed


  29. User: Marycarol

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 9:50 pm

    A nice bath, a good book and some chocolate


  30. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 9:40 pm

    Reading a book snuggled up in bed.


  31. User: Sheri Darby

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 8:48 pm

    I relax on a long country walk


  32. User: Michelle Henderson

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 8:19 pm

    Love to relax with a great cozy crime book


  33. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 4:15 pm

    It seems like a contrived answer – but there is no better way to relax than with a book!


  34. User: anthea

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 3:54 pm

    Sitting on the sofa with a good book or my knitting!


  35. User: Debi Newman

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 1:54 pm

    I love a good book with a glass of wine x


  36. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 10:01 am

    Crafting. It is completely impossible to be stressed when you are covered in ink, glue and glitter


  37. User: Amy Bondoc

    Posted on: 11/03/2024 at 8:19 am

    love to sit and read


  38. User: gd2023

    Posted on: 10/03/2024 at 10:15 pm

    Walking the dogs.


  39. User: haxel

    Posted on: 10/03/2024 at 9:38 pm

    I like to relax by walking on a local beach or in the Park – being in nature is so relaxing and interesting.


  40. User: Radders

    Posted on: 10/03/2024 at 7:04 pm

    Reading a book


  41. User: Victoria Prince

    Posted on: 10/03/2024 at 5:58 pm

    I love to relax by curling up with a hot chocolate and a good book


  42. User: paul lodge

    Posted on: 10/03/2024 at 2:03 pm

    put my feet up and read a new book


  43. User: Natasha Mairs

    Posted on: 09/03/2024 at 11:22 am

    a nice bubble bath. Then into my pj’s with a good book and a cup of tea


  44. User: eoli

    Posted on: 09/03/2024 at 9:48 am

    Noting better than having the house to myself and knowing all jobs are done and I have time to myself to have the radio on a my nose in a good book from my pile to be read.


  45. User: Tina8

    Posted on: 09/03/2024 at 2:12 am



  46. User: irvinglucy

    Posted on: 09/03/2024 at 12:41 am

    A warm bubble bath


  47. User: Jeninglis

    Posted on: 08/03/2024 at 3:00 pm

    My favourite author at the moment is Kelly Rimmer. I like to sit out on our deck overlooking the Dunes forest and devouring books.


  48. User: emmey

    Posted on: 07/03/2024 at 1:11 pm

    In a sunlounger in the garden in the sunshine with a cold drink


  49. User: Joan Clark

    Posted on: 05/03/2024 at 7:24 pm

    Curling up iwth a good book love a crime novel


  50. User: betty_netch

    Posted on: 05/03/2024 at 12:53 pm

    The wind is howling outside right now and there’s nothing I”d like better after walking the dog than snuggling up with a soft blanket, a good book, and a cup of hot chocolate so thick you need a spoon. It’s a cliche for a reason, damnit.


  51. User: Tom Hearnden

    Posted on: 05/03/2024 at 6:57 am

    By the pool, in the sun, with a Pina Colada and a good spy thriller!


  52. User: Silentsgirl

    Posted on: 05/03/2024 at 12:23 am

    My favorite way and place to relax is on the beach at St Simons Island, GA – failing that, curled up on the couch with my current read is a very nice substitute.


  53. User: sungria

    Posted on: 04/03/2024 at 9:34 am

    Reading a book on a sunbed by a pool in Barbados is the ideal, but mostly I have to settle for reading a book on my sofa at home, with a cat on my lap (which is still more than OK!)


  54. User: philatel

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 9:13 pm

    Reading in the garden [if dry and warm enough!] with a nice glass of wine or otherwise in bed.


  55. User: Debbie Winstanley

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 6:46 pm

    With a book, obviously!
    In the summer I’ll be out in the garden or on the local beach. In the winter I’ll be curled up on the sofa. And each evening I’ll be snuggled up in bed!


  56. User: Lorna Marie Walkden

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 5:15 pm

    cup of tea and a good book


  57. User: bopper

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 2:57 pm

    with a nice hot bath and the radio playing in the background


  58. User: lindarumsey

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 2:57 pm

    Reading in the bath.


  59. User: badgerlord

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 1:55 pm

    Deckchair in the garden with a book and cup of tea


  60. User: Shaz162

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 1:55 pm

    I relax by reading and working in the garden


  61. User: Rachel Colclough

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 1:10 pm

    I love to relax in a bubble bath and read. Would be there up to an hour a day if I could, but usually limit it to 20 minutes as nothing else would get done in the house


  62. User: Marga Adnani

    Posted on: 03/03/2024 at 6:01 am

    Waking early, while everyone is still asleep; selecting the book I want to read or anticipating going back to one I’ve already started… But first grinding coffee beans and making a perfect cup of coffee.
    Then settling in my favourite chair by the window, with my cup and book for an uninterrupted read.


  63. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 10:46 pm

    I love to read


  64. User: Tom

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 9:53 pm

    Reading a good story


  65. User: Jillian

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 9:43 pm

    I like to read a story to my daughter.


  66. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 5:29 pm

    Reading in bed x


  67. User: Tom Ruffles

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 5:12 pm

    Reading, obvs, but I also enjoy the weekly pub quiz, during which I try to put what I have learned from my reading to good use, generally with indifferent results.


  68. User: MarieP

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 3:45 pm

    A nice long walk – through an arboretum, botanical garden, or park if one is near – with an earbud in one ear listening to an absorbing audio book. Heaven.


  69. User: Janeen Mann

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 2:53 pm

    No surprise here. I love to relax by reading.


  70. User: littlebob

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 2:50 pm

    I like to relax by listening to an audiobook


  71. User: Laurel

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 12:12 pm

    I work in the arctic so I pull.on my fluffy socks and fuzzy sweater, climb into my reading chair in front of the portable fireplace and transport myself to another reality with my book.


  72. User: suejok

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 11:57 am

    I settle down with a good book somewhere cosy or on the nearby beach if the weather is good


  73. User: Iter

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 10:40 am

    Walking on the beach no matter what the weather. Every walk is different, which inspires, but at the same time there is a continuity to it all which is comforting and makes me feel relaxed.


  74. User: Cristina McDowall

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 9:42 am

    Reading a good book


  75. User: Lisa22

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 7:56 am

    I like to brush my cat. He loves being brushed and I find it really relaxing.


  76. User: Nancy Townsend

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 7:39 am

    A hot summer’s day, a sun lounger and an audiobook. Failing that, tucked up in bed with a good book.


  77. User: louise nightingale

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 7:24 am

    In bed when the kids are asleep!


  78. User: Lyn Gray

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 4:56 am

    My favourite relaxation time is spent in a good book. I like a book that totally absorbs me and I can forget about the world around me.


  79. User: bibliocat

    Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 2:57 am

    Hello from Indiana, USA.
    I like to relax by reading, but, if I can’t concentrate or if the weather is too wonderful to ignore (which is becoming more of a rarity), I like to go outside and observe what Nature is up to (what’s blooming, which birds are flitting about, spotting clouds, etc.).


  80. User: Kimberly

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 6:37 pm

    I like to relax by reading, working any kind of puzzle, or taking a walk.


  81. User: Joyce Willis

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 6:09 pm

    Not unlike other posters – in the garden on a sunny day with a good book – my tipple is a Pimms


  82. User: bemac5150

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 6:03 pm

    I like to relax by reading a good book and sipping a cup of tea.


  83. User: Glenys

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 6:03 pm

    I like to relax by going out with the Ladies Group that I am the Queen of

    The Crazy Mad Hatters of Stockport Red Hat Ladies.

    We follow the Jenny Joseph poem “Warning” When I am old, I will wear purple with a red hat. We go out and have fun and are growing old disgracefully. Our Chapter have a monthly lunch, dinner, visit the theatre and places like National Trust houses.

    A couple of years ago, over sixty Brittish Red Hatters from groups all around the country met up in Hebden Bridge for Yorkshire Day and the streets were flooded by ladies dressed in purple sporting their best red hats.

    Its always a fantastic relaxing day when we are together


  84. User: KarenD

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 5:57 pm

    A comfy chair, a good book and a glass of something ..oh and some chocolate too


  85. User: Emma Holmes

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 5:30 pm

    On a sun lounger with a good book & a glass of chilled wine -cheers


  86. User: 2005zena

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 4:47 pm

    I love to pour myself a glass off chilled white wine cover myself with a big soft fur throw put my feet up on the poof and have mood lighting then just relax and read away.


  87. User: Sheena Edwards

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 4:41 pm

    a cat on my knee, the fire alight and a good book


  88. User: Jonny Price

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 3:59 pm

    With a good spy thriller and bottle of wine!


  89. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 3:42 pm

    A comfy seat and blanket. Cup of tea and a good book. That’s the best way for me to relax.


  90. User: Penelope Senior

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 3:32 pm

    Curl up on the sofa with a good book and a lass of red wine


  91. User: Vicki Pope

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 3:22 pm

    I like to relax with a cup of tea, my cat Brontë Artemis and a good book or three!


  92. User: Ali13

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 3:16 pm

    Reading of course! Its the best way to relax – time flies by if you are reading a great book.


  93. User: jude53

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 3:02 pm

    looking out from my living room at the derbyshire countryside with a good book and a cup of tea perfect


  94. User: StuartAken

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 2:41 pm

    I’m at my most relaxed when I find the time from my busy life to sit back, preferably with a piece of softly-playing classical music, to read a book.


  95. User: Andrew Burton

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 2:38 pm

    With a good book, somewhere warm.


  96. User: LucyMaud

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 2:37 pm

    Relaxation for me is a scented bath, a glass of wine and a good book.


  97. User: Amy

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 2:14 pm

    I relax with a book in hand, kitty in my lap, and coffee by my side.


  98. User: Carol Bird

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 1:53 pm

    Reading in the bath with the door firmly locked against intrusion. Doesn’t stop the dog trying to batter the door down.


  99. User: Elizabeth Raikes

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 1:50 pm

    With a glass of red wine, a real fire and, of course, a good book.


  100. User: Lynn Evans

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 1:30 pm

    I love to sit quietly with a book, especially outdoors with the birds singing all around.


  101. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 1:20 pm

    My favourite way of relaxing, after lying on a sunbed next to a warm sea, is soaking in a hot bath with my Kindle! I can be in there for hours, constantly topping up the hot water! Somehow I have managed not to drop the Kindle in the bath…so far!


  102. User: dana manning

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:44 pm

    I like to read a book and have a drink of hot chocolate


  103. User: ootastic

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:38 pm

    I love reading – especially in the bath!


  104. User: Turtledove

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:22 pm

    A book in bed or a bath with bubbles!


  105. User: Sandra Anderton

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:14 pm

    A glass of wine and a good book


  106. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:06 pm

    A good book and a cup of tea or glass of wine, depending on the time of day.


  107. User: Judefire66uk

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:06 pm

    I love to relax with my gf and our 4 indoor freeroam guinea pigs, we all love a massive cuddle on the sofa!


  108. User: Clematis76

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 12:04 pm

    My favourite way to relax is sitting in the garden on a summers day reading a good book and enjoying an ice-cream.


  109. User: Sharon Buesnel

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:43 am

    I love to relax with some chilled out music, my cat on my lap & of course a good read – usually something with a few twists along the way!


  110. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:35 am

    I relax with a nice cup of tea and a good book


  111. User: Juccancs

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:34 am

    Reading a good book, reading about and searching for a good book, travelling, searching for travel information endlessly, organising trips, talking with people and sharing all these with my family – these are my best relaxation techniques! 🙂 Also, some good exercise where I need to concentrate so my mind is cleared.


  112. User: Cornelia Ridler

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:32 am

    Anywhere comfortable with a book and a coffee – and no interruptions!


  113. User: Snoakes

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:30 am

    I like to relax with a glass of wine and a good book. Preferably in the sunshine somewhere!


  114. User: Greenblue12

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:28 am

    My ultimate relaxation is to take myself to a secluded and sheltered bit of beach on a nice day with a good book to read.


  115. I love to find a sunny spot & chill with my book & a hot drink in quiet moments, in the summer months this often involves a trip to the park, river or beach..utter bliss!


  116. User: suewoody

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:26 am

    Perfect relaxation for me is a large glass of chilled Chenin Blanc, sitting on the decking on a rare warm Scottish Highland evening and reading a captivating book.


  117. User: ajsimpson

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:17 am

    I nice Hot Bubble Bath with Candles,Bubbly and a good book


  118. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:12 am

    A good book bath and bubbles – perfect relaxation


  119. User: Lara Maynard

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:06 am

    A long, hot bath with an audiobook is my favourite way to relax.


  120. User: Tamalyn

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:05 am

    I love reading a good book in my nice comfy chair with a nice cosy blanket wrapped round me drinking a nice cup of tea.


  121. User: Locky

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:02 am

    I like to relax by reading, of course! I also enjoy watching my football team play.


  122. User: Janine

    Posted on: 01/03/2024 at 11:02 am

    A nice glass of wine and a good book x


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    • User: Sagrl

      Posted on: 02/03/2024 at 10:06 pm

      Always with a book