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Wild Five: Best Summer Reads (By Women)

Get these delicious literary treats in front of your eyeballs! Whether you’re enjoying summer in Sydney, are having a coastal adventure elsewhere, live in one of those places like Mexico or California which never have a proper winter, or are bunkered down in the chilly months wanting some armchair escapism this is for you. OK, not all these books are set in summer, but they are great for holiday reading, and even better, they are all written by wonderful women who are masters of their writerly craft. This isn’t intended as a lengthy book review column as there are plenty of great sites for book reviews (I recommend The Millions, The New Yorker and The Guardian for starters), more just a pointer towards some of the books I have adored of late. I have always had a strong passion for reading though, and started my career in the book industry (and still work on book-related things here and there). I worked in bookstores and was a bookstore manager at 23 (at the airport of course, …

Wild Words: A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros

Walking in the outdoors seems to me so fundamental to sanity and an easy antidote to a frenzied city life that I can’t imagine not having the impulse to go to the forest/bush/coast/mountains by foot regularly. The effects rush in like a flash flood, and take the debris of my nerves with it, leaving me undoubtedly calmer and clearer. And although I know this to be the case, I haven’t often really contemplated why this is, or perhaps that walking in nature serves different purposes for different people, and that throughout history, people have achieved great things just by practicing this simple act of slowness, of silence, of solitude… A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros is that contemplation. Gros, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris XII, has taken a look at the writers, philosophers, mystics, naturalists and thinkers throughout history who have wholeheartedly embraced walking into their lives for different purposes and to different ends – as pilgrimage, as escape, as a way of slowing down, and often as a way …

Book Review: London Style Guide

Travellers are curious by nature. We like to explore menus and markets as much as we do the woods or highways that disappear off to the horizon. We like to descend nondescript stairways to see what lay below. We want to know and see and touch and taste and feel we are making some traction on this huge world we know we’ll never fully discover, but goddammit we want to give it our best crack. I’m sure I’m not alone in this: If I go to a destination, I want to know I’ve seen all the cool bits. I want to later be able to have a conversation with a local and find common ground. I want to know neighbourhoods. And next time I go I want to know more neighbourhoods. I think author Saska Graville is one of these curious souls too. Or at least she’ll certainly assist a few. Her London Style Guide (Murdoch Books) is a delightfully curated mix of sleek bars, eccentric vintage boutiques, independent bookstores, florists and cupcakeries (is that …