“My favourite book is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Because when life doesn’t make much sense it’s just nice to fall down the rabbit hole into a world of profoundness!
This is why I love spending time in our new store in King Street! As soon as I walk in I feel like I’ve fallen into the abstract world of Alice in Wonderland. The colours, shapes and textures transport me into the garden of the singing flowers.”
“I’m currently reading What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey – it’s uplifting, candid, funny and totally motivating.”
“My favourite book is called I’ve Lived In East London for 86.5 Years. It’s mainly a picture book shot by Martin Usborne. It tells the life story of a man called Joseph Markovich and is just wonderful. He talks about the changes he’s seen in society, his relationships and his surroundings. It’s a raw and honest depiction of life in London.”
“Educated By Tara Westover is such an inspiring book. It’s based on a true story it shows how even through times of hardship, if you work hard for what you want you can achieve so much!”
“I am currently re-reading Patti Smith's memoirs Just Kids and M Train. Why re-read? Well I am working on my own memoir at the moment, so it's inspiring from that point of view. In times of trouble, I think it's good to focus your energies into something positive. But mainly, I'm a huge Patti Smith fan, she's an inspiring person who overcame so many challenges in her early life and she has a gift for transporting you into her world. In Just Kids, it's a world she inhabits alongside her best friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and the artistic underground scene of New York in the 1970s. Oh and it will make you cry, which for me is always a good quality in a book!”
“My favourite book is Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, as it addresses the difficult topic of grief in a very real way, with some heart-warming and comical elements.”
“David & Goliath - Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of battling Gi. I like it because firstly each story is a small chapter so you don't lose concentration, and it's a feel good book where each story explains a different way to looking at what we think is a disadvantage or an advantage.”
“The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd. The story of an innocent young girl sent to Japan to marry a British Attaché and ends up having an affair with a Japanese soldier. She is rejected by her husband and her family. The story follows her through these traumas and to her understanding of the Japanese mentality. Really love this book. Have read it several times. Love the historical side of society.”
"My favourite book is the Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist by Deng Ming-Dao. A beautiful story that transports you to a time and world that makes you reflect on what is important in life…"
"My favourite is Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, it follows a small boy called Theo whose life is turned upside down when he survives a terrorist bombing in NYC. I felt so absorbed and protective for him that I found it really hard to put down."