Feel-good summer reads
Dive into one of these top books, whether for advice, inspiration or ideas on new projects to undertake
Our pick of the season’s best books – whether you’re searching for advice, inspiration or fresh ideas for new projects to undertake
Modern Baker by Melissa Sharp with Lindsay Stark (Ebury, £25) Learn to make breads, cakes and pastries that are packed with nutritional value and free from wheat and processed sugar. Oxford bakery owner Sharp’s recipes are all surprisingly achievable (and totally mouthwatering).
Skin by Liz Earle (Orion Spring, £25) It’s time to follow beauty expert Liz Earle’s six-week manual for healthy skin, which features tips for everything from cleansing to exfoliation, along with recipes for nourishing healthy skin from the inside out. It works for her!
Rest by Alex Soojung-kim Pang (Penguin Life, £12.99) Whether it’s a nap, a walk, better sleep, or simply knowing when to stop for the day, this Silicon Valley consultant sees rest as a means to being more creative, productive and fulfilled.
The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel (Orion Spring, £14.99) Telomeres – the protective tips at the end of our chromosomes – affect longevity and disease resistance. This book explains how lifestyle changes can positively impact your health.
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim (Penguin Life, £9.99) Zen meditation teacher Sunim offers this illustrated mindfulness manual for modern- day life, with advice on everything from getting enough rest to handling setbacks.
One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane (Harper Wave, £11.89) Far from a fad diet cookbook, the current big hit on the food scene provides fruit and vegetable-based recipes only – the idea being that one plant-based meal a day equals better health. No dieting involved, just good food.
Discovering The Meaning of Flowers by Shane Connolly (Clearview Books, £20) Renowned florist Shane Connolly introduces the historical meanings associated with plants and flowers, so that you can be sure that the bouquet you buy is sending the right message.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo ( Vermilion, £10.99) Kondo’s first book, The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying, details her step-by-step method. Now, that advice comes with charming drawings.
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed (Canongate, £16.99) Believe in the importance of good advice? So does Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks. He’s asked everyone from philosopher Alain de Botton to artist Marina Abramovic for tips.