Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Coralie Bickford-Smith

When we were too young to fool around and be in love, I can remember having a tatty old copy of "The Arabian Nights". I adored that book. It was as if the tales were from a different planet, so exotic and exciting, full of passion, adventure, mystery and magic. These are the feelings that the name Baghdad conjured up in me until recent history. I decided it was time to revisit this and buy some new volumes for our numerous nieces and nephews. We came across these Penguin books with beautiful cover illustrations by Coralie Bickford-Smith, a senior illustrator at Penguin. Her recent series of F Scott Fitzgerald classics are equally beautiful

Valentine's offer and hot tips

According to Blossom & Bill, who have tried this many times, the way to have a great Valentine's Day is to get laid. Laid in some luscious sheets. So we thought we'd offer to throw in some cups for every bedding purchase over at Isak. Just print this below voucher off, write your order no on the back, send it in to us and voliá - two cups will arrive in the post!

Spread the word! Spread the love!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Atlas of Remote Islands

Easing through the pages of an atlas or leaning over a map never fails to ignite some longing for travel, adventure and discovery. It is part of our human psyche. While looking for an new atals as a gift for our children we came across this superb example.

This atlas by Judith Schalansky, subtitled "Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will", is an absolute joy. The detailed maps are graphically exquisite, and the one page stories for each islands recall remarkable tales of hardship, cruelty and madness in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Judith opens the book with the line,"Paradise is an island. So is hell", which sets the scene eloquently. It won a prize for most beautiful book in Germany last year and it is easy to see why...

Monday, 24 January 2011

Klas Fahlén

Brilliant and fun from Swedish Klas Fahlén. Klas is represented by Agent Bauer.


The Swedes enjoy their mulled wine over Christmas. Since Blossa introduced their Blossa Annual Edition in 2003 they have cornered 85% of the market (6million litres!). Last years vintage had a saffron flavour and was presented in a gold bottle. It sold out in 2 weeks.

The same core recipe is used as in the 1917 original; a full bodied red wine with cardamom, ginger and cloves. The Swedes drink it warm with raisins and almonds in. It is a great marketing success but also brings a warming Christmas feeling in the snowy dark winter. We are already looking forward to next years'!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Lia Ices

Crystal clear vocals, a gorgeous album...

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Some beautidity and eye candy

Some beautidity and eye candy here, courtesy of