Turn over a new leaf at Christmas

MOST of us adore the gift of an appropriate book, and with so many new titles in the Home & Garden section, there really is something to excite every reader.

If you order online, you can even send the present directly to your receiver’s door, tightly gift wrapped and teasing until the skinning off of paper on the great day. But also remember Irish booksellers as you shop. With money-off offers and three for two deals, they can match the best deals online, and they provide local employment.

Here’s a selection of what’s on offer...

Decorating with Farrow & Ball

A name synonymous with iconic, traditional colour and interiors. Any classics’ buff will adore this new book showing 18 locations from a Parisian factory conversion to an Amsterdam canal house and how and why the F&B’s palette particular was chosen. An inspirational read to elevate space and spirit. Ebook: €18.60. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small.

Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson.

It’s easy enough to conjure stylish surroundings when we’re freewheeling singles, but family life often delivers a toy-strewn compromise on parents’ jaded dreams. This book would be ideal for a young couple who want to re-imagine practical spaces with flair and fun. The second half of the book visits some homes “notable for their fresh, irreverent take on modern family living”. €28.99. Hardback. Ryland Peters & Small.

RHS Botany for Gardeners. Ed. Geoff Hodge.

Gardening is full of mystery, not least the science of botany itself with all its tenets and enduring wisdom spoken through Latin terminology. A gardening disciple, hand in hand with the historical masters of the field, will pour over this book for the rest of the year. There are 3,000 words and terms here explained and illustrated with antiquarian plates, diagrams and photographs. Divided by theme and including ‘botany in action’ boxes to tie the task down to a botanical principle. €21.24. Mitchell Beazley.

Home Made Simple by Joanna Gosling.

You have to like a home styler with the motto ‘minimum effort, maximum return’. If you want to try some crafty deeds, but lack courage, have a go at her easy lace-printed clay tea-light covers, simple candles, and a knitted Kindle cover. All from a no-nonsense working-mother, running as fast as you are. From the author of the very popular Simply Wonderwoman. €28.60. Kyle Books.

30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen.

From 15 courses in 1983 to over 100 today, Darina Allen, her family and colleagues have led a food revolution from their sylvan fortress at Ballymaloe. This book chronicles three decades of change at the school and in the wider world of Irish food trends, while offering iconic, delicious, healthy recipes that speak of the very spirit of an entirely unique centre of learning. €32.99. Kyle Books.

Stephen Pearce Warrior Spirit.

A celebration of 60 years of the Shanagarry potter, the journey of Stephen Pearce “through love, clay-making, travel, design, divorce, empire building, parenthood, marriage, going bust, and resurfacing again” is a fascinating read and an uplifting story of one man and his family. If you love the work, this is a must have autobiography of a fascinating creative spirit. €29.95 at Shanagarry or €39.95 at booksellers.

The Weekend Chef by Catherine Fulvio.

La bella vita dances from every page of Catherine Fulvio latest book, offering 100 recipes developed at Ballyknocken. Relish that precious weekly break when most of us can have a go at something special. Start your Saturday with chocolate french toast with hazelnuts and raspberries and if the rain starts up, what about a few friends over for a lazy dinner party of nibbles and crispy pork belly with chilli ginger caramel and sweet potatoes? Easy food for lazy days. €19.99 (3 for 2 deal at Easons). Gill & Macmillan.

Arne and Carlos Knit and Crochet Garden.

Men who knit? Complete respect. A charming book by iconic design stars Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison, showing how to fashion small flowers, insects and dainty botanical pieces that can be combined into larger items for all around the house and summer garden. Light-hearted, easy to follow patterns from the still-beating heart of traditional Scandinavian textiles. Search Press Ltd. €14.46. Search Press Ltd.


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