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Books on my Bedside Table – Emylia Hall

GIFT FROM THE SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This beautiful little book is a re-issue from 1955, and is an essay about creativity and contemplation, written by a woman who’s inspired by spending time alone by the sea. I came across it by chance in a bookshop and delve into it every so often. It’s as reviving and invigorating as a dip in the ocean.


A stunning centenary edition. I keep my poetry books in the kitchen — an ideal place for stolen reading moments while waiting for pots to boil and kettles to whistle – but this volume is so treasured it’s made it into the bedroom and stayed there. ‘Fern Hill’ is my favourite poem, and is the perfect bedtime read… ‘As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away…

WRITING DOWN THE BONES by Natalie Goldberg

I’m teaching on a couple of creative writing courses this autumn and I wanted to immerse myself in some books about the craft. This is one I’ve particularly enjoyed, and even though I finished it some time ago, I like to keep it close – it radiates joy and wisdom, and reminds me that what matters most is our personal connection to our work.


I love short stories, and have recently devoured collections by Nickolas Butler and Simon Van Booy. I’d forgotten that I had this book of du Maurier’s and only found it as I was packing up to move. What a house warming treat!

DIRT MUSIC by Tim Winton

After reveling in the brave beauty of Breath, and the tenderness of Land’s Edge, Tim Winton is one of my favourite writers. I’m slowly working my way through all of his books, reluctant to rush the experience. I’ve just started Dirt Music and already it promises much.


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