Sunday, 9 February 2014

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.

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