(Nigel Slater's "The Kitchen Diaries", Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, Gorman Gift Card, Evie Wyld's "All The Birds, Singing")
This is more of a Christmas gift roundup, as my family really spoiled me this year! My parents very kindly gifted me a very generous Gorman gift voucher. For those who aren't familiar Gorman is an Australian clothing label that I am more than a little obsessed with - chances are you'll find me at their Swanston Street store after each pay check. It will be great to give my wardrobe a bit of a revamp with this!
Amongst some other gifts I received from my parents was an Australian-British novel titled All The Birds, Singing and a new tube of Aesop hand cream. I generally use the Aesop Resurrection Aromatic hand balm, but it's lovely to try out the Reverence Aromatique variety. I think I'll keep this one in my hand bag to keep my hands smelling great all day!
All The Birds, Singing is a novel that has been on my 'to read' list for quite a while. It won the Miles Franklin Literary Award this year - Australia's most important book prize. The synopsis definitely had me intrigued:
Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
My sister, the food expert of the family, gifted me a copy of her favourite cookbook, Nigel Slater's The Kitchen Diaries. Nigel Slater is one of Britain's most highly regarded food writers. His beautifully written prose, warm personality and unpretentious, easy-to-follow recipes have won him a huge following - and I'm hoping to be one of them. This is far more than just recipe books. They are, as they state, diaries. The narrative from the author, Nigel Slater, is almost poetic with descriptions of his garden, the plants, the weather, the shops that he frequents, the produce that he so loves. I've been told one can happily read these books as if they were simply novels, and I can't wait to dive into it.