Five reads for February

Image of Tove Jansson from here

1. Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir
Part autobiography, part fiction, Tove Jansson's childhood memoir has recently been re-published; a counterpart to her Moomin stories for kids, these are stories told through the eyes of a child.

2. How to Be Alone
After six months of working from home, I woke up on Wednesday to the realisation that I might be just a little bit lonely. Some weeks, I might only socialise once, spending three or four days of the week alone. Being an avid lover of the printed word and believing it to hold the answer to all of life's questions, I bought this handy little manual (one of Alain de Botton's School of Life series).

3. Susie Orbach On Eating
Mindfulness and eating: sounds simple. Isn't.

4. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
It's all a bit self-help this month, isn't it? (What do you expect of a psychology graduate?) This book looks fascinating; I love a bit of insight into the human condition.

5. The Simple Things
I've just written my first piece for The Simple Things, and I couldn't be more excited. I love this magazine. Look out for issue 21 in a few weeks.


  1. I'm rather excited about all of these reads! I'll be getting a few of these to take with me to Paris x

  2. The School of Life series looks really interesting - I might have to pick up the How to be Alone (I'm not technically alone during the day, but toddler company doesn't strictly count in my book - seeing as conversation generally revolves around teddy, bananas and shoes). The Examined Life sounds good too - and will keep an eye out for your piece in The Simple Things. x

  3. I read 'The Examined Life' last month & found so much to think about. It's a book that really lingers with you. There's a great chapter on being present with our children (our partners, our friends) - watching, observing, not hurrying, paying attention. Always so good to be reminded that this is what they need more than anything else! I also love Tove Jansson's writing - hope that you enjoy 'Sculptor's Daughter'. Thanks for sharing your list, Lottie.

  4. How to be alone sounds interesting, will keep an eye out for that! And well done on the magazine thing :)

  5. Congratulations on the article for The Simple Things! I'm rather excited by the Tove Jansson book; I loved The Moomins and her life is absolutely fascinating.


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