Haruki Murakami – Birthday Stories

In short: Composed, tranquil, dark and at times, surreal Ideal for reading: Perhaps not on your birthday If you’ve read: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness –similar intensity but probably a bit more cheerful Birthday Stories is a portfolio of profound and at times dark reflections selected and introduced by Murakami…

And the Mountains...didn't do anything for me.

In short - A disappointing, bland struggle. Ideal for reading - if you can't sleep Food for thought - You'll probably start thinking about what to have for your next meal if that counts? If you've read - If you've read his other books avoid this one or the bubble…

The Poisonwood Bible

In short: Humour, history, love and loss in the Congolese jungle Ideal for reading: Don't know but you’ll want to re-read immediately after finishing! Food for thought: colonialism, christianity, missionaries, imperialism If you've read: Things Fall Apart, Heart of Darkness, Journey Without Maps - anything about colonialism - this…

Lancome Hydra Zen Moisturising Cream

My sensitive skin has led me to trust that anything with baby pink packaging isn’t going to hurt. This gentle cream soothes stingy faces and is light enough to wear under make up. Contains calming hints of apple, rose and white musk …

The Ministry of Pain

In short: Affected by the Balkan Wars, the narrator’s life hasn’t turned out how she’d hoped and so she sinks into a depression and it all gets a bit melancholy and weird. Ideal for reading: This is a book that could quite easily be put down and…

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy

A must-have tube of light, zesty mousse scented with crisp notes of Lavender and Verbena. Leaves hands silky, soothed and restored. …