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Posted by Emma Pagano on 12th Aug 2019

Four brilliant books for the beach

Summer's here, and it’s time to sort out your holiday reading! We’ve rounded up some fantastic fiction that’s sure to entertain you on the plane, and keep you on the edge of your sun-lounger.David Nicholl’s Sweet Sorrow is the ideal read for the season – it’s set over the course of one life-changing summer. It’s June 1997, and sixt…

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Q&A with Bernadette McGee, author of Magnolia Kitchen

Posted by Lucy H on 30th Jul 2019

Q&A with Bernadette McGee, author of Magnolia Kitchen

A Great Read recently spoke to Bernadette Gee from Magnolia Kitchen, a New Zealand bakery which has a world-wide following thanks to her gorgeous cake designs and the delicious bakes sold in her shop and showcased on her social media.Bernadette has written a cookbook, also called Magnolia Kitchen, which is full of beautiful baking idea…

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Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong

Posted by Nash on 26th Jul 2019

Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong

Vuong’s first novel is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read and that was enough for me to pick up this book. Add to this the author’s clear love of language and rhythm meant that I was hooked from the outset.The letter is written by Little Dog and journeys through various places including his hometown, “... Hartford,…

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Posted by Lucy H on 11th Jun 2019

Interview with Tim Clare, author of The Ice House

We spoke with Tim Clare, author of The Honours and The Ice House.Tim Clare is a poet, author and musician. He was born in 1981, and grew up in Portishead, in South-West England.In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 series How To Get A Book Deal. His first book, We Can’t All Be Astronauts, a memoir about jealousy and having one last shot at…

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Exclusive interview by Swallows and Damsons florist Anna Potter

Posted by Lucy H on 30th May 2019

Exclusive interview by Swallows and Damsons florist Anna Potter

What are your influences in art and literature – Van Gogh is mentioned, who else inspires you? Is there a particular ceramic artist you’d like to work with for your arrangements? Anna: There are so many, I don’t know where to start! I’d say I find most of my influences are in art, poetry and literature. T.S Eliot, John Ruskin, Rumi,…

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