So Many Books, So Little Time
At ÒR we love nothing more than getting lost in a beautifully bound book full of fabulous facts and images. This month we’ve scoured our bookshelves to bring you a comprehensive list of the best non - fiction books of the moment.
David Hockney & Martin Gayford - A History of Pictures
Worried your 5 year old’s lack of knowledge on the finer points of renaissance art is showing you up at dinner parties ? Well thank God for David Hockney and Martin Gayford then. This charming book is aimed at a young audience but is an education and a delight for all. Through pictures and conversations between the artist and author the book takes readers on a journey through art history. Packed full of stunning images with simple clear writing. Inspiring and informative.
Do/Wild Baking - Tom Herbert
Yet another brilliant book from the ‘Do’ series, aimed at teaching new skills and galvanising readers to try something different. Tom Herbert expertly guides you through 50 delicious recipes that can be created outdoors under a moonlit sky, on the shores of a peaceful loch or in if the weather doesn’t allow in the comfort of you own kitchen. Tom takes you through the process of building a fire outdoors and provides a range of recipes from simple breads to more complex stews and fish dishes. Perfect for micro adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Daily Rituals - Women at Work - Mason Currey
A fascinating glimpse in to the working habits of some of the greatest and most prolific creative female minds. A particularly thought provoking read for modern day women dealing with the increasing pressure to do and have ‘it all’ It’s comforting to read that even the greatest female creators had to battle with the bondage of domesticity. The struggle is real ladies but in the pursuit of greatness you can always follow Isak Dinesen’s lead and subsist on a diet of champagne, oysters and amphetamines.
Period Power - Maisie Hill
A must read for any woman interested in harnessing the power of their hormones and cycle. Maisie Hill is a highly qualified and sought-after women's health expert with over a decade of experience as a practitioner and birth doula and boy does it show. Period Power is an invaluable insight in to women’s bodies at all stages of life and cycle. There are strategies to help regulate your cycle, deal with cycle related problems and to help you to know your body better. Not only is the book informative but it’s very funny (one chapter is titled ‘The notorious V.A.G) Maisie has the warmth and wit of your older sister’s best friend in high school and feels like a trusted confidante and advisor. A truly fascinating read that will leave you incredulous you weren’t taught all this sooner.
Rewild Yourself - Simon Barnes
23 wonderful tips to become more present, watchful and in touch with the natural world. Enthusiastic and practical ( one of the tips is waterproof trousers ) This is essentially a guide to getting out there, engaging with your environment and discarding anything that will slow you down or get in your way. Lovely.