I know it seems like Christmas is ages away which it is – as we haven’t even had Halloween yet – but if you are anything like me you will already have started writing a list of books you would like to open on Christmas morning. It doesn’t matter how many unread books there are on my bedside table, there is always room for a few more – and these are some of my favourites this year.
Witty, wise and heart warming, India Knight‘s guide to ageing is a must have for any women over 40. Part manual, part self help book, part memoir, India covers subjects such as fashion, beauty, older parents, teenage kids and of course the menopause. In Your Prime is life affirming and wise and is the thinking womens guide to growing older. I particularly like the way she encourages us to be sisterly and non judgemental when it comes to things like botox, as after all we are all in this together
Fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, co-creator of punk, activist and brand, is an icon in every sense of the word and also every so slightly mad – which in my eyes is a good thing as we get older. Collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life, this memoir promises to be gritty, honest and passionate.
Sali Huges is practically the only beauty writer I can bear to read and her straight to the point, honest Guardian column is my go to source for must have products that don’t cost a fortune. Her new book Pretty Honest is an insightful, funny and useful beauty handbook which draws on Sali’s 20 years of expertise in the industry. This is a book for real women who don’t have time (and don’t care) to listen to the drivel that the beauty brands throw at us.
Diane von Furstenberg – one of the most influential women in fashion – started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be. “The kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” The Woman I Wanted to Be charts her journey from her childhood days in Brussels throughout to building a global brand based on the wrap dress that symbolises independence and power for many women. An active philanthropist and supporter of emerging female leaders and social entrepreneurs she writes, “I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.”
Round two of books for Christmas coming soon.