Lockdown Reads

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Now’s the time to delve into the books we may not usually have time for. From uplifting short stories to captivating fiction, here’s a few of our favourites we’ve been reading over the last few weeks...

The perfect gift to send to a loved one during lockdown, Charlie Mackesy’s best-selling ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ is a compilation of thought-provoking and uplifting stories, not your conventional picture book. With its message of empathy and self-care, it can be enjoyed by anyone whether you’re aged eight or eighty!

Our Holt store manager, Sally, wearing Isabel Marant Etoile 'Maria' blouse 

We think everyone should read Elizabeth Strout and Olive has to be her most memorable character. A retired teacher in a small town in Maine, she’s honest, eccentric, tough and insightful. 'Olive Kitteridge' offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

Delia Owens’s ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ is an unforgettable and painfully beautiful novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature. You'll want to relax and take your time with this one, and when you're done you will want to talk about it with another reader - so best you get your bestie involved too!

Celeste Ng’s first novel 'Everything I Never Told You' has a mesmerizing narrative that shrinks enormous issues of race, prejudice, identity, and gender into the miniaturist dynamics of a single family. An amazing read and totally relevant.

Our Bury St Edmunds store manager JoJo wears Primrose Park London 'Sandy' blouse 

Medical Medium Celery Juice’ is part of a series of health books by Anthony William - a celebrity favourite. An amazing health book - a total game changer if you’re looking to give your body a bit of TLC after a rather indulgent lockdown!

For a quick and easy supper, Anna recommends Angela Hartnett’s ‘Angela's Kitchen: 200 Quick and Easy Recipes’. Drawing inspiration from her childhood experiences of accessible home cooking with her Italian grandmother, she mixes Mediterranean influences with European to create delectable recipes that are straightforward, quick and easy to make. 


Jade Brock