And breathe… reassuring reads in turbulent times


Lockdown 2.0. American elections. Climate emergencies. It’s all a bit overwhelming.

We therefore invite you to take a breath, grab a cuppa, and try and savour the simple pleasures: reconnecting with friends, admiring nature, or doing nothing at all.


The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang The Importance of Living

Intended as an antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world, Lin Yutang’s prescription is the classic distillation of ancient Chinese wisdom: revere inaction as much as action and invoke humour to maintain a healthy attitude.

With our lives accelerated to unbelievable levels (particularly so in 2020!), this wise and timeless book is more pertinent than ever before.

Quote from The Importance of Living:

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”

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A Wood of One's OwnA Wood of One’s Own by Ruth Pavey

A Wood of One’s Own is the story of how Ruth Pavey grew to understand and then shape four acres of derelict Somerset land into an enduring legacy.

Accompanied throughout by the author’s evocative hand-drawn illustrations, it is a potent reminder of nature’s delicate balance, and its comforting and abiding presence.

Quote from A Wood of One’s Own:

“There is something very buoyant about the company of trees, plants, animals, birds, insects all intent upon their own lives.”

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The Friendship Cure by Kate LeaverThe Friendship Cure

How can we live in the most interconnected age and still find ourselves stuck in the greatest loneliness epidemic of our time? It’s killing us, making us miserable and causing a public health crisis. What if meaningful friendships are the solution, not a distraction…

In The Friendship Cure, Kate Leaver’s much anticipated manifesto brings to light what modern friendship means, how it can survive, why we need it and what we can do to get the most from it.

Quote from The Friendship Cure:

“We need to relearn the art of friendship because we need each other more than ever.”

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