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Art February 2, 2017

Book Shelf: February

An eclectic selection for discerning readers who want to lose themselves in a good book.


Audrey: The 50s — David Wills

A little time-slip into mid-century via a collection of stunning photographs, many of them seen here for the first time, of style icon and Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. The classic images are accompanied by introductions and quotes from her co-stars, directors and designers. From the gamine haircut to the innate sense of fashion that is as fresh today as it was all those years ago, Audrey: The 50s is a book to wallow in and rediscover real style. $70



The Riviera Set — Mary S Lovell

Mary Lovell is renowned for her Mitford and Churchill biographies and she has another absolute bestseller on her hands in The Riviera Set. Chateau de l’Horizon, a house built by actress Maxine Elliot in the south of France with funds garnered from her stage work and a quiet divorce, becomes the backdrop for entertaining on a grand scale and Mary Lovell can almost tell you what the rich and famous had for breakfast, lunch and supper and who was round the table as she describes the legendary hospitality Maxine Elliot provided for her famous and infamous house guests. The Riviera Set is about indulgence and privacy, secrecy and scandal and very very readable account of how high society used to behave. $39



Intimate: A Private World of Interiors — David Hicks

If you are restyling, renovating or rebuilding then you need a copy of Intimate: A Private World of Interiors by multi-award winning designer David Hicks to add to your research pile (one book is never enough when you are decorating). Hicks takes you into some of the most glamourous Australian homes he has worked on and he shows how to plan and execute superb spaces for modern living. The book looks at the whole project, design, incorporating art and your bijoux bits and layout of rooms. All in all a sumptuous, inspiring but ultimately very useful book. $95



Books for Living — Will Schwalbe

Few can forget the impact of reading Will Schwalbe’s End of Your Life Bookclub where he and his terminally ill mother choose books to read while she is receiving treatment. In his latest, Books for Living, he once more invigorates the reader with his descriptions of how books can shape our lives in all sorts of ways and how and what we read enriches our lives in so many ways. This is an excellent ‘dip into’ book, a perfect companion to keep on the bedside table or tucked away close to your comfy chair. It is also that perfect trophy, a book you know all your friends will appreciate being introduced to or given their own copy. Watch Books for Living go to the top of the Bookclubs reading list. $38


Words: Doris Mousdale
Arcadia Bookshop
26 Osborne Street, Newmarket
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