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.

 

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
26-jane
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley