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To me Bohemian interior style is inspired by the hippy movement, a youthful reaction against the sober post-war fifties and its utilitarian furniture. As a child of the sixties I grew up and experienced this exuberant atmosphere, it was provocative yet peaceful. A new zest...

A treasure trove of Murano glass. One of the largest books in my design library it documents the relatively short life of the MVM Capellin Glassworks and explains the role that the young Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa played in developing its distinctive aesthetic. Scarpa was...

A new publication of 140 poems by the renowned garden poet Liz Cowley Green Fingers comprises over a hundred pages of verse. Liz has chosen a range of well known proverbs sayings and quotations and has responded to them with the wit and acute observation...

Camille Soulayrol, co-editor-in-chief of Marie Claire Idées, an author stylist and visual designer, has collected the best Parisian experts together and written a book, Plantopia. From its subtitles - Cultivate, Create, Soothe, Nourish - you’ll get the idea it’ll be filled plants and ideas for...

The term creative writing is new for many and sounds like it could be a clever but possibly dodgy kind of literature. Feelings of uncertainty creep into the conscious mind along with visions of suited professionals scratching their scalps as they practice creative accounting. Well,...

Crime novelist Emma Flint was the keynote speaker at ‘How to get Published’, a one-day conference held in London on 16 November 2018. Emma talked about the essential skills required to get a reader’s attention. You have to hook a reader with the first chapter...

After every high tide the sea dumps seaweed and debris on the beach; known as the strandline it is a constantly changing landscape. Jean Sprackland is more widely known as a poet and this book is her first foray into non fiction. In an interview with...

Kate Watson-Smyth is known by thousands, perhaps millions, as the woman who is mad about the house. A journalist writing for the masses Kate offers advice that is genuine and down-to-earth. I met Kate in 2014, we were invited to an upholstery workshop run by...

Rachel Lichtenstein writes with clarity and depth about her subject. Well researched and impeccably structured Estuary; out from London to the sea imparts a myriad of facts about the people and landscapes of the Thames estuary. It starts and finishes with accounts of a boat...

While researching the history of wallpaper manufacture I learned that Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904) was a key figure in the design of wallpaper patterns. Until then I’d associated his name principally with product design; visions of art deco metal teapots and sugar bowls...