Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Five reads for June

Maker Spaces - Creative interiors from the homes and studios of inspiring makers and designers

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of heading to The Hambledon at Cowley Manor for a workshop with Emily Quinton. I first met Emily last year at Walnuts Farm and she is just one of the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet. Turns out she's even more talented than I ever imagined, evidenced by her beautiful book, Maker Spaces. Emily talked a lot about the process of putting together this book, the travelling involved and how she whittled down her long-list to reach the selection of homes that made the final cut. The book itself is spilling over with lovely shots of amazing interiors, alongside carefully constructed words detailing the personality of each space. A must-read.

How to be both

This one was a contender for my book group choice this month but there's something about all those accolades - WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2015! SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014! - and a handful more, that put me off. I'm contrary like that. Although not reading it for book group, I'll definitely give it a read soon as the experimental structure sounds fascinating.

The Daughterhood

Mother-daughter relationships are notoriously complex - hello mum! - and this book attempts to unpick some of the issues faced by many. The Daughterhood was written on the back of hundreds of reader letters responding to Irish writer, Roisin Ingle's call out in her newspaper column. Part memoir, part live psychological research project, this book is bound to encourage better communication across the generations.

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O

This is just the sweetest book. A visual representation of what it means to be whole and happy in yourself when you meet a partner, I've found it a good way to illustrate something of the complexity of adult relationships to a child still confused about his parents' separation. It's uplifting, smart and simple.

Lifesaving Poems

A very dear pal of mine introduced me to one of the defining cultural reference points in my early years as a parent - a poem by Anthony Wilson called Parenthood After Theodore Roethke. Lifesaving Poems is an anthology selected by Wilson, made up of poems that moved him in some significant way. I like the idea of a poet responding to the work of others in the way that I found myself responding to his. Synchronicity of sorts.

What are you reading this month?

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