Archive of ‘Books’ category

Curio Magazine

A slightly lazy post today, but wholly inspirational I think you will agree. Since their launch in May 2012, I have have been contributing to the gorgeous online publication Curio. Curio is a premium but friendly quarterly online magazine with beautiful imagery, intelligent insights and featuring interesting people. It’s kind of the antitode to the quick […] Read more…

The Last Runaway, by Tracy Chevalier

I’m absolutely captivated by accounts of people leaving everyone and everything they know to start new lives in other countries, especially centuries ago when the world was so vast and unknown and there was no way of turning back [see my review of Sarah Wheeler’s new novel O My America Second Acts in a New […] Read more…

New Book: Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Tree houses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. A new book by Taschen Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles […] Read more…

Signs of Life: Leslie Williamson

Working in an industry where I am surrounded by beautiful products and envy-inducing homes – for me the best interiors are the ones which show signs of  domestic and family life – I think it’s still possible to have a magazine spread home that is warm and liveable. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to interview the […] Read more…

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

There can only be one topic of absolute obsession for me this week [and possibly the year] and that is the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen’s world beloved novel – Pride and Prejudice. Two centuries ago, on a very wintry 28th of January in the year 1813, this luminous novel came into being. There […] Read more…

Christmas Books for Gifting 2012

[Daunt Books], my favourite bookshop in London] Hi all, I returned to London this week, rested and energized after my trip to India [more on that to follow]. Having a few days off before I return to work, I have had the rare pleasure of enjoying my favourite city at my leisure. I pounded the […] Read more…

New Book: True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps

Ever wondered what the grits taste like at Merlottes Bar and Grill in Bon Temps or how good Grandma Stackhouse’sPecan Pies really were? True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps recently published by Chronicle Books is equal measures campy fun and serious recipes that celebrate Bayou country cooking inspired by the the popular HBO show […] Read more…

Halloween Reading: Practical Magic

This book review is technically cheating [i like to always review new releases] but if you can’t recommend an old spooky favourite during Halloween I don’t know when you can. Long Island based writer Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors, her books about love and relationships are simple, heartbreakingly poetic and full of […] Read more…

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