Saturday, 8 March 2014

Five reads for March

The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley; photography by Jason Ingram

1. The Cut Flower Patch: Grow your own cut flowers all year round

I met Louise Curley (who writes the properly lovely Wellywoman blog) the year before last at one of Lia and Juliet's supper clubs. When her publishers got in touch to ask if I'd like a review copy of her book, I couldn't wait to see it. The book is just lovely, with pictures by amazing, genius photographer, Jason Ingram. Every year, I promise myself the garden will be chock-a-block with beautiful flowers for me to pick and arrange artfully in vases throughout the house. Inevitably, the warm weather comes and I have the same tired old perennials to pick, while negotiating mud or stepping over the abandoned paddling pool. This year WILL be different, now that I have Louise to guide me.

2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

This month's book group choice. I was telling a friend about the brilliant women in my book group, recently. They are almost intimidatingly brilliant: an architect, a creative director, a doctor of psychology, a usability expert with a PhD in chemical physics, an equalities expert, a television producer. And me. I'm not sure any of us needs to read Sheryl Sandberg's book, but I am sure that it will make for an excellent discussion.

3. Quilt Me!: Using inspirational fabrics to create over 20 beautiful quilts

A few weeks back, I met up with Jane Brocket for a cup of tea and hours of chat. Jane, her blog, and her books are an endless source of inspiration and have been for years. This is Jane's fifteenth book (I think), and makes me itch to set up the sewing machine, get my lines straight, and start snipping away at the major fabric stash gathering dust. I'm particularly in love with the Indigo Bento Box quilt.

4. Mollie Makes 38

I know, I know, promoting my own work is a little bit vulgar. But I think (I hope) you will enjoy reading my latest feature for Mollie Makes. It's about the Third Wave of Craft, illustrated by Steph Baxter (amazing!), and is out on 14 March.

5. The Hive

Not sure this is high literature, but a friend told me about it and it sounded like interesting subject matter for a book. Set in the school playground, The Hive explores female relationships and the dynamics between mothers. Intriguing, huh?


Today is International Women's Day, so it's fitting that my reads for March are all penned by brilliant, talented women.

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