my bookshelf

what I love to read and what you might love to read too

 

Gardening books (which I like to be more like novels than how-tos)

  • A Gentle Plea for Chaos by Mirabel Osler
  • The Rain Tree by Miracle Osler
  • A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn
  • Rhapsody in Green with the very best quotes from the charming male British gardener Beverley Nichols
  • And I am dying to read the more modern Rhapsody in Green by Charlotte Mendelson. Technically this book should not be on my list because I have not read it, but with a title like this - and THE BEAUTIFUL COVER - how can it not be a gem. Will update when read.

Flower books

  • Foraged Flora by Lousea Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale. This book speaks to me more than anything else I have ever seen. I cannot sing its praises highly enough. Also check out Lousea's website which has some examples of her incredible work. Seriously this is the book I wish I had made.
  • The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar. A very good how-to, recommended by the incredible (both as a resource and as a feast for the eyes) Floret Flowers.
  • How to Do the Flowers by Constance Spry (keep a look out for a second hand copy as I think it is no longer in print). Here is a quote from Ms Spry's introduction just in case you can't find a copy: "The creative urge is strong in us and among the strong emotions of the human heart is a love of beauty and a desire to create beauty. But it is not given to all of us to be artists in the generally accepted sense of the word. With flowers, however, with living plants as your medium, it is possible to create beauty, even to the degree of making a masterpiece".

Cookery books

Writing Books

Fiction that has changed my life

Non-fiction that has changed my life

Helpful books

  • Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster Blake. I know next to nothing about beauty products and how to put makeup on but if anyone could get me to care a bit more, it is this amazing lady.
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland, with the wonderful subtitle 'Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking'.