If you’ve ever visited our boutique, you will know that the magic of storytelling is woven into every detail, including of course the books we keep close at hand. The more virtual our lives become, the more we crave the physical feel of the well-worn pages of a book between our fingers. It engages our senses in a way that technology never could, connecting us to ourselves, stirring our emotions and fuelling our imagination.
For those times when you simply want to escape from this world and plunge into another, these six classics should be top of your list.
Title: The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy
Best for: Escaping to a bygone era
When you want to escape to a time where gentlemen held doors open and being the best dressed meant a rustling gown of silk and velvet, forget sitting down to watch an episode Downton Abbey. Instead immerse yourself in the ups and downs of the The Forsythe Saga. Clever plot twists will have you hooked to the very last page. Heroine becomes villain, villain becomes victim, friend becomes foe and you will become a wild array of emotions the more you read.
Title: The Sweetest Thing by Cathy Woodman
Best for: Curling up in your favourite chair
A feel good romance, The Sweetest Thing will appeals to any woman who has had her heart broken but now found their happy ever after. This tale will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride and have you rooting for the down on her luck, but strong willed heroine right from the off.
Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Best for: Pet lovers
Not many of us can survive without out loyal companions. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a magnificent exploration of a dog’s heart and the lengths to which a beloved friend will go to help the one that matters most to them. Warning: there may be tears.
Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Best for: Thrill seekers
Grippingly chilling from start to finish you’ll be glad of the low word count as you’ll want to finish it in one sitting. This novel plays with the mind and gives the thrill of fear without the obvious ‘things that go bump in the night’ design. A must read if ever there was one.
Title: A Guide for Grown-Ups by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Best for: Feeling playful and creative
France is known as a place of romance and beauty and also the home of aristocrat Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a brilliant poet. A Guide for Grown-Ups takes some of the best literary works by Antoine and collects them within the pages of a quaint pocket book. It will get your creative juices flowing, and seasons will seem to change before your eyes as you indulge in the thought provoking lyricism of a past prodigy.
Title: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Best for: History lovers
Known by all and loved by true appreciators of literature, Thackeray created a timeless classic when he penned this satire. A true gem, it intertwines romance and politics, history and drama. It is a novel wrought with turmoil and keeps readers on the edge of their seat no matter how many years pass.