It’s reached the time of year when we crave curling up under the duvet and reading a book by candlelight, steaming mug of tea in hand. Or maybe you’re looking for some gifting inspiration? Here’s a list of our favourites we think you’ll love too. 

to cosy up by the fire...

Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell

 

Our historical pick of the season is Hamnet, ode to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This tale encapsulates the infamous play by unpicking the background truths that few realise was the actual inspiration, enlightening readers to realisms of life in 16th Century Warwickshire. 

What we think… luminous, immersive, and compelling. 

Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner

 

Crying in H Mart is a wonderful, humorous memoir written by Asian American Michelle Zauner, someone more famously known for her music career with the band Japanese Breakfast. The book spans the entirety of her life so far from love to loss, each of which led her on a quest for self-discovery. 

What we think… wholehearted, intimate, and beautifully written. 

These Silent Woods, Kimi Cunningham Grant

 

This captivating novel takes the mastery of self-preservation to a whole new level. Isolating themselves in the Appalachian woods, a father and daughter live entirely off the land, totally immersed in the wilderness surrounding them. But when a shock disappearance threatens their existence, how far will a father go to protect his daughter? 

What we think… deeply considered, poignant, and atmospheric. 

to wrap up and gift...

Earthshot: How to save our planet, Jonnie Hughes & Colin Butfield

 

Earthshot: How to save our planet is an amazing book which outlines small steps we can all take to better the health of our beautiful planet. Reading about the changing climate can sometimes feel overwhelming, however Hughes and Butfield have removed the complexities which often befuddle us. 

What we think… The perfect gift for a sustainability lover!  

The Forager's Calendar: A seasonal guide to nature's wild harvests, John Wright

 

We absolutely love foraging for the freshest produce right on our doorstep, but it’s sometimes quite difficult to know what you’re looking for and what’s safe to eat. This brilliantly illustrated, descriptive guide to foraging nature’s tastiest delicacies not only makes it easier, but more enjoyable too. Stick your wellington boots on and get foraging for some wild garlic! 

What we think… A great gift for land lovers, walkers, and foodies alike. 

Taste: My life through food, Stanley Tucci

 

At a time for gathering around the kitchen table, Taste provides no end of inspiration for festive (and year-round) feasting with friends. A memoir of Tucci’s gastronomic journey through life in an Italian American family, this book is funny, fabulous and an all-out classic. You’ll want one in your kitchen and one on your bedside table. 

What we think… Whether a food fanatic or total novice, this book will surely be enjoyed by all. 

Enjoy!

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