Better Reading BE: Books That Have Helped Us Recently

Better Reading BE: Books That Have Helped Us Recently

Did you see our last Better Reading BE segment? If not, watch it here…

There are so many great self-help books out there, but we decided to focus on a few that made us feel better, in different ways.

Jane shared how she’s dreaming of travelling again, so she spent some time reading Around Australia at 80ks by Meredith Schofield. Everything passes, even pandemics, and soon we’ll

be travelling. In the meantime, we can dream of travel. And books like these help. Around Australia at 80ks follows Mez, Sean, their rescue pup, Bandit, and their beloved yellow kombi, Etta, on an epic road trip around Australia. It is the holiday we allneed right now.

Jane has also been aiming to feel Ten Times Happier... well reading it anyway.

Modern life is a minefield for stress. Whether it’s juggling work, relationships or money, we often get stuck mindlessly obsessing about all the wrong things, not knowing what to let go of. This is an effective book that will certainly make you at least a bit happier.

In our BE segment, Cheryl mentioned how baking has helped her during lockdown. Her go-to book has been Crust, which contains more than 300 recipes from expert and artisan bakers, covering breads, croissants, flatbreads, pizzas, and pies – foods that demand the perfect crunch!

She has also loved illustrated gift books such as All of this is For You by Ruby Jones and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

And of course, both Cheryl and Jane loved our BE book of the month, The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood – an inspiring work about creativity and resilience from the multi-award-winning author of The Weekend.

In this essential work, Charlotte shares the insights and experience she has gained over decades of paying close attention to her own mind, to the world around her and to the way she and others work. She writes about inspiration and hard work, how to pursue truth in art and life, and how to find courage during the difficult times – how to face down what we fear and how to keep going when things seem hopeless. We loved it! Read our review here.

Buy a copy of The Luminous Solution here.

Reviews

Illuminating and Observant: Read Our Review of The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood

Review | Our Review

29 September 2021

Illuminating and Observant: Read Our Review of The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood

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          Publisher details

          The Luminous Solution
          Author
          Charlotte Wood
          Publisher
          Allen & Unwin
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          28 September, 2021
          ISBN
          9781760879235

          Synopsis

          In this essential, illuminating book, award-winning writer Charlotte Wood shares the insights she has gained over a career paying close attention to her own mind, to the world around her and to the way she and others work.Drawing on research and decades of observant conversation and immersive reading, Charlotte shares what artists can teach the rest of us about inspiration and hard work, how to pursue truth in art and life, and to find courage during the difficult times: facing down what we fear and keeping going when things seem hopeless.
          Charlotte Wood
          About the author

          Charlotte Wood

          Charlotte Wood has been described as "one of our most original and provocative writers.” (The Australian).Her fifth novel, The Natural Way of Things, was published in September 2015.  Her previous novel, Animal People, won the People's Choice medal in the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, was shortlisted for the 2013 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her earlier novels were also shortlisted for various prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award and regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  Her non-fiction book is an essay collection, Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food.Charlotte is also editor of The Writer's Room Interviews, a bimonthly digital magazine of conversations with Australian authors, and in 2009 edited a collection of short stories about siblings by some of Australia's finest writers, called Brothers & Sisters.In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Arts Practice, Literature, at the Australia Council for the Arts.  Charlotte writes an occasional blog 'on reading, writing and living' at www.howtoshuckanoyster.com, and lives in Sydney with her husband.

          Books by Charlotte Wood

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