Open Book

The jour­nal­ist and pre­sen­ter, who fronts on Ra­dio 4, has been voted ‘Bri­tain’s sex­i­est voice’ more than once, so it’s fit­ting that Mariella Frostrup re­cently edited an an­thol­ogy of erot­ica called De­sire: 100 of Lit­er­a­ture’s Sex­i­est Sto­ries, pub­lished this

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

I re­ally love the colours of Morocco—the ochres, reds and rus­sets: they’re my kind of colours. I’ve walked a lot in the high At­las moun­tains and seen where Ber­ber rugs are made and I have a man in the Me­d­ina in Mar­rakech who I’ve been buy­ing rugs through for years. For me, the colours re­ally help to create a warm nest in the English coun­try­side. I love to mix them up with the beau­ti­ful Bath stone of my house in Som­er­set and, wher­ever I move, the first thing I do is put down a rug—i’ve now run out of space!

I was out­raged when my hus­band bought me a new per­fume, Eau d’hadrien by An­nick Goutal, as I’d only ever worn one scent be­fore. How­ever, he got it right and it’s so light and sub­tle that I now wear it ev­ery day. My mother only wore one scent, too—shal­i­mar by Guer­lain—which will al­ways re­mind me of her. I like the idea that, in a blind line-up, my hus­band and chil­dren would be able to sniff me out. £67 (www.john­lewis.com; 0345 604 9049)

I started The Great Ini­tia­tive foun­da­tion in 2010, which pro­motes ad­vo­cacy and equal­ity for women world­wide. To raise funds, we col­lab­o­rated with Bond Street jeweller Boo­dles to make The Great Ban­gle, which is like a friend­ship bracelet for adults. I’ve given them to many of the women in my life whom I trea­sure—penny Smith, Gina Bell­man, Renée Zell­weger and Jemima Khan all have one— and I wear mine ev­ery sin­gle day. Hav­ing grown up in Ire­land, it re­minds me of a Claddagh ring, which rep­re­sents love, loy­alty and friend­ship. There’s some­thing so in­ti­mate about giv­ing some­thing spe­cial to a woman of value in your life. £299 (0845 6436412; www.eth­i­cal-goods.com)

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