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Mental Health Awareness Week: 7 Flower Books to Soothe Your Mind

Mental Health Awareness Week: 7 Flower Books to Soothe Your Mind

by Amelia Baker May 16, 2019 3 min read

In the midst of Mental Health Awareness Week, it's important for all of us to remember that there's nothing more important than our own happiness and mental well-being. Sometimes a little natural treatment and relaxation can go a long way, and what better ways are there to relax than taking in nature or reading a good book? Well, combining the two, of course. So here's a list of seven floral and gardening themed books to help you delve into nature by delving into the pages.
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Celebrating the royal birth - Delve into classic kid books

Celebrating the royal birth - Delve into classic kid books

by Sean Heather May 13, 2019 4 min read

A talking pig, a friendly spider, five children who live in a surprisingly high-crime area, and of course a toad with an exceptionally nice house – the books we love as children stay with us forever, and when thinking about them it’s impossible not to feel a little warm and nostalgic.

So whichever decade you were born in – from the forties to the eighties - here are just a few of the most iconic and unforgettable children’s books of all time, just waiting to be discovered or rediscovered.

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Tragic Reality to Beautiful Fiction: The Origins of Peter Pan

Tragic Reality to Beautiful Fiction: The Origins of Peter Pan

by Amelia Baker May 07, 2019 2 min read

J. M. Barrie's The Story of Peter Pan simply doesn't grow old. But, as much as the classic Peter Pan book deserves to have a place on any child's bookshelf, the origins of the story and the characters themselves are far more grounded in reality, much unlike our flying hero and heroine Peter and Wendy.
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Best Books to Read with a Cup of Coffee

Best Books to Read with a Cup of Coffee

by Amelia Baker April 25, 2019 3 min read

Every now and then we all need a pick-me-up to get us through the day. Sometimes it's a cup of coffee, sometimes it's ten minutes alone with one of our favourite books, and sometimes it's both. Here's a list of some of the best vintage books and pieces of classic literature to get your mind racing while you sip at the nectar of the gods.
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Mrs Dalloway to a Room of One’s Own: Woolf for the Modern Reader

Mrs Dalloway to a Room of One’s Own: Woolf for the Modern Reader

by Amelia Baker April 17, 2019 3 min read

Woolf’s views on women and her alternative perspectives are just two of the reasons why her books remain so exciting and relevant to us in the modern day. It is perhaps why she still features so prominently on lists such as “The best novels ever written” and “100 books to read before your thirty” – her insight into human nature is incredible and needs to be read to be believed. So when someone asks you Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The answer should be “not me”.
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Relaxing Reads with a Cup of Tea

Relaxing Reads with a Cup of Tea

by Sean Heather April 16, 2019 2 min read

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more relaxing than a nice cup of tea, except perhaps putting your feet up for a while in the company of a good book. Combine the two and you’re well on your way to forgetting your troubles. Throw in a nice hot bath and they may never get you out again.
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Gastro-Brontism: A very brief study

Gastro-Brontism: A very brief study

by Keira Lamb April 01, 2019 4 min read

Charlotte Brontë was born on the 21st of April 1816 at the heart of the small village of Thornton in West Yorkshire. Despite her position as a woman in Victorian England, Brontë propelled herself into the literary mainstream when she published Jane Eyre in 1847.

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Shakespeare week picture quiz. Can you guess the play from the picture?

Shakespeare week picture quiz. Can you guess the play from the picture?

by Sean Heather March 13, 2019 1 min read

Here’s a little fun thing to try with your kids for Shakespeare Week. If you don’t know what Shakespeare week is, by the way, it’s a week in March in the UK, aimed at getting kindergarten age children into Shakespeare, and it’s totally fun. 
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10 classic books to say I love you on Mother's Day

10 classic books to say I love you on Mother's Day

by Sean Heather March 13, 2019 5 min read 1 Comment

Getting the perfect Mother’s Day gift isn’t always easy. The first hurdle is remembering that the day is coming but you’ve already jumped that one by reading this article. 
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Mothers are strong women too

Mothers are strong women too

by Amelia Baker March 13, 2019 4 min read

The fact that International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day in the UK, are so close together this year, has got me thinking. It’s funny how we celebrate, strong powerful achieving women, breaking barriers and giving men a run for their money on international women’s day, and then on Mother’s Day it’s suddenly all about chocolates and flowers, and getting Mum or Mom, to have a nice sit-down. 

As anyone who has given birth will tell you, all mother’s and strong, very STRONG!

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Travelgram: Top Travel Books you must read before you fly away #Wanderlust

Travelgram: Top Travel Books you must read before you fly away #Wanderlust

by Sean Heather February 25, 2019 3 min read

 A book always looks great on an insta pic, but they can also be fun to read while you are waiting on a bus or train because let's face it there is a lot of waiting around when you're travelling around the world.

So here are 6 GREAT book recommendations to go with your #instatravels  Australia, Mexico, Paris, London and Round the world. 

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5 Reasons Why a Book Makes the Perfect Gift

5 Reasons Why a Book Makes the Perfect Gift

by Sean Heather February 22, 2019 3 min read

Admittedly, I’m biased, and frequently have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from a chapter, but there’s a joy to giving someone a book. No other gift can take you back in time, or into the future, make you laugh and cry (often on the same page), broaden your horizons, deepen your interests, and end your day on a relaxed high, or maybe with a determination to enjoy just one more page. What else can scare you and look great on a shelf?

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