Five books on a shelf

For this month’s instalment, Lisa Andrews takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her bookshelf.

Choosing favourite books is like asking to choose favourite cats for me, so instead I’m sharing my four most recent purchases and an old friend…


Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

I’m late to Ted Hughes, coming by way of Sylvia, this is part poetry book, part biography, completely absorbing.


La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

A welcome return to the world of daemons, metaphysical allegory and some good old-fashioned adventure with a young Lyra Belacqua.#


Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Written in bite-sized chapters 30 years ago, I return again and again to Goldberg’s gorgeous treatise on writing as meditative practice.


A honeybee heart has five openings by Helen Jukes

Essential reading for any bee obsessive (i.e. me) and anyone interested in what it means to live a ‘meaningful’ life and ‘keep’ wild animals; did I mention bees?


The Corset by Laura Purcell

Another gothic romp from the author of the fabulously chilling The Silent Companions, in which what you’re wearing may just kill you.


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