I blame Gerhard Steidl for the reason I nearly break my neck every time I descend the steps into my office. The fact is, I have a confession: I have a book problem. Books are OK to spend money on, right? They’re objects of learning and curiosity and they’re also symbolic of taking time in a sped up word. And some are objects of beauty even more ravishing than a Prada shoe or a Valentino sweater. (more…)
“The communal commitment to publishing a book is huge. It’s not an instantaneous 140-character ejaculation of responsive knee-jerk stuff. It’s carefully considered. And many people have contributed to determining the decency, the accuracy and the truth of what it is. To me, publishing as an enterprise is heroic and important. In a time of disputed, faked and contested fact, there is something about hardback books that remains incredibly alluring.”
Peter Florence, Hay Festival founder, Monocle
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Oberto Gilli
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I’m on an unofficial book buying ban but I really want to read Maureen Chiquet’s memoir, ‘Beyond the Label’ next. (Well after I’ve read Joan Juliet Buck’s…) Billed as a cross between Sheryl Sandberg and Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s the story of the former Chanel CEO’s rise to the top, then sudden fall from her perch with the now prerequisite life learnings along the way. (more…)
I’m not much of a cook but boy do I love a cook book. This tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe by Robyn Lea (Assouline, £32) is both a feast for the eyes and the taste buds with rustic recipes and equally delicious images.