Reading & listening recommendations


This morning I had a virtual coffee with Jane Ashton, stylist and designer, to share my recommendations for things to read and listen to while we get through this strange period of isolation and lockdown.

Here’s a list of everything we chatted about, I think! Let me know if you think I missed anything.

I’ve tried to pick a wide range of things that I enjoy, from classic literature that will whisk you away to factual books that are easy to digest.  There are some funnies, some beauties and some guilty pleasures. I hope you find something to uplift and inspire you.



The Mitford Girls – Mary S Lovell
Love in a Cold Climate, The Pursuit of Love, The Blessing – Nancy Mitford
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D H Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Factfulness – Hans, Ola and Anna Rosling
Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshall


Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo
Talking to Strangers – Malcom Gladwell
Educated – Tara Westover
My Thoughts Exactly – Lily Allen


My Garden, My Life – Sarah Leyton, Growthfully
The High Low – Pandora Sykes & Dolly Alderton
Unpublished – Annie McNee
Joan & Jerica
Dolly Parton’s America


Natalie Haynes Stands up for the Classics
Moral Maze
The Archers


The Pound Project –
Persephone Books – @fransbookshop @persephonebooks


The Gentlewoman

Save for when things are a bit more cheerful:

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
The Handmaid’s Tale & The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

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