Price Points: Book bags

Book bags made to look like book covers

What’s your favourite book? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Whatever your chosen reading may be, these book bags are perfect for toting it around… along with your keys, phone, purse, tissues, lipstick – whatever!

Back in the day, when I used to have a daily rail commute (and before mobile phones were so ubiquitous), I used to read books voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings entirely on the Todmorden ↔ Manchester train. I was also addicted to crime fiction, long before the advent of Scandi Noir.

Unfortunately, I never seem to find that kind of time any longer – more’s the pity. I think one of these book bags would certainly get me back into turning those pages!

  1. Book handbags and clutch bags by The Literary Gift Company: £30, Notonthehighstreet
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird leather book bag: from £143, Etsy
  3. Dolce & Gabbana book padlock top handle bag : £4,750, Harrods

Christmas gifts of the day: Foodie books

Newly published foodie books | H is for Home

Here’s the first of our 2016 Christmas Countdown gift guides. We’ve researched newly published foodie books and made a short-list of ones that any epicurean would gladly unwrap on Christmas morning!

Get their look: Book-filled sitting room

Book-filled sitting room | H is for Homecredit

You just want to stroll across this book-filled sitting room, make a bee-line for the shelves and start browsing through the titles. Seeing the selection of books people have on their shelves can tell you so much about them. You’ll very quickly be able to tell if you have any interests in common.

Our sitting room shelves are full of non-fiction – cookery books; books on art, architecture and design; interspersed with bits of colourful vintage pottery and enamelware.

  1. Vitsoe 606 universal shelving system
  2. Karina armchair
  3. 70cm Extra large oversize grey fabric drum lampshade
  4. ‘Gedy’ round bevelled mirror
  5. Mustard velvet cotton pillow cover
  6. Fired Earth ‘Platinum Pale’ matt emulsion

Get their look: Book-filled sitting room | H is for Home

This is Cape Canaveral

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Vintage This is Cape Canaveral book with other titles in the series by Miroslav Sasek | H is for Home

We’ve just made a new addition to our collection of This is… books.

Vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book with cup of tea

It’s always a treat to make a brew and settle down with one of these gorgeous books for ten minutes – especially one we’ve never read before.

Vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book cover

Our new arrival is a first edition copy of This is Cape Canaveral dating from 1963. Later versions of this book were called This is Cape Kennedy and most recently, This is the way to the Moon.

Astronauts illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

As always, fabulous illustrations by Miroslav Sasek leap off every page.

Vehicle checkpoint illustration from 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

It’s a pleasure to share them with our readers – existing fans and perhaps a few new converts too.

Cameramen illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

 They’re insightful and very witty…

International newspaper headlines illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

 …and full of wonderfully observed detail.

Rockets illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

They’re beautifully drawn and capture the era perfectly.

Mercury Control Center illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

They also have a real sense of optimism about them.

'Welcome Back' illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

 We picked up this copy for £5 which was a real steal for a first edition.

Cape Canaveral gift shop illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

It’s always nice to get a bargain…

Satellite dish illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

 …and perhaps added just an extra tiny thrill as we thumbed through the pages!

Space available illustration from a vintage 'This is Cape Canaveral' book

We always buy the early editions and really love our little collection – Cape Canaveral makes it 11.

Pile of vintage 'This is...' books by Miroslav Sasek

A few more to go yet though – there are 18 in the series in total!

Charity Vintage: Pelican Books | British birds, wild plants & flowers

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Vintage Collection of Pelican Books on bird watching and wild plants & flowers for sale by & in support of Dorothy House Foundation(ends 24 May, 2015 16:32:25 BST)

Yesterday we highlighted a range of bird-watching handbooks to help you identify some of our avian friends. Lo & behold we found this great lot available on eBay for Charity. We love vintage Penguin and Pelican Books anyway, but this lot covers everything you need for doing a bit of nature-spotting!

There are four books on bird identification, and the other four classify wild flowers, herbs and grasses. The set is for sale by Dorothy House Foundation*. The opening bid is £5 with £3 on top for postage and packaging. That’s a pound a book – bargain!

*Dorothy House Foundation aims to work with their community to develop, influence and provide palliative and end of life care that meets the needs of all people with a life-limiting illness. Their purpose is to ensure that the very best care is provided to those in need.


Gimme Five! Bookshelves

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selection of modern bookshelves

We’re in desperate need of some new bookshelves. We’re great hoarders of magazines – we keep them for inspiration and for cutting up and using on moodboards.

Our ever-growing collection of lovely interiors and cookery books is dotted all around the house. We have them in almost every room; stacked up high in piles on the floor, on tables and on each side of the bed.

The recessed floating shelves in our sitting room are mainly given over to displaying our collection of vintage pottery and enamelware. Even this is interspersed with little stacks of books here & there! We like free-standing shelves as we’re always rearranging the furniture to give new purchases a temporary or sometimes permanent home!

We like modern, sculptural, minimalist but striking bookshelves that look like works of art in their own right. The Ptolomeo bookcase is great because it makes use of often under-utilised vertical space. Our favourite though, is the bright yellow SD2.o; unusual, asymmetric and with a sense of fun!

  1. Vitra ESU shelf 4OH By Charles and Ray Eames: £2,108, Heal’s
  2. SD2.0 Shelves limited edition Factory Yellow by Andy Murray Design: £350, Bouf
  3. Loki 5-shelf bookcase: £195, Habitat
  4. Polygon shelving unit, walnut: £299, MADE
  5. Ptolomeo bookcase by Bruno Rainaldi: £1,095, The Conran Shop