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7 beautiful books to read before the end of summer

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Nothing is quite as relaxing as curling up with a good book on a summer's afternoon. That's why we're sharing seven of our most beautiful titles with you, to save you browsing too many blurbs next time you're in store. We know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's a bonus if they look good when you leave them on your coffee table, or your deck chair, or your couch. 

So scroll on for seven of our most beautiful titles, as appealing to the eye as they are intriguing to the mind. 


Advanced Style: Older and Wiser

By Ari Seth Cohen

Photograph of the cover of 'Advanced Style' by Ari Seth Cohen.

Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen's blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before-focused on the over-60 set in the world's most stylish locales.


The (mostly) ladies of Advanced Style are enjoying their later years with grace and panache, marching to the beat of their own drummer. These timeless images and words of wisdom provide fashion inspiration for all ages and prove that age is nothing but a state of mind.

Advance your wardrobe wisdom here.

Pretty Iconic

By Sali Hughes

Photograph of the cover of 'Pretty Iconic' by Sali Hughes.

An exploration of the beauty products that have changed the world, Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes features over 200 iconic wares that have contributed to making the beauty industry what it is today. Employing her witty, inclusive and discerning style, Hughes takes a look at some of the most significant products that have played a role in the beauty regimes of women and men across time.

From treasured classics such as Chanel No. 5, to more recent releases by the likes of Charlotte Tilbury and Sunday Riley, names that are firmly making their mark on the industry today. Penned by one of Britain’s most trusted beauty writers, Pretty Iconic reveals beauty’s best products, the inventions that have changed the way we think, and the brands that have dared to rewrite the rules completely. This is a must-read for those wanting to broaden their beauty product knowledge, one decade at a time. 

Cross check your beauty regime here.

The Australian Produce Book

By Ewan McEoin

Photograph of cover of THAMES AND HUDSON The Australian Produce Book.


Thoroughly researched and beautifully designed, The Produce Book showcases the most progressive and respected producers at the heart of Australia's vibrant food industry.

Interviews with leading chefs and food heroes accompany 100 profiles on the most important artisanal growers and producers on the land today.

With stunning commissioned photography, illustrations, maps and sourcing notes, this timely guide is a must-have tool for anyone interested in sourcing the best ingredients Australia has to offer from cheese and meat to heirloom vegetables, seafood, specialty ingredients and much more.

Get a taste for the title here. 


New York: Through a Fashion Eye

By Megan Hess

Photograph of the cover of HARDIE GRANT New York: through a fashion eye.

New York: Through a Fashion Eye is an illustrated guide to one of the world's most-loved fashion cities by one of the world's most-loved fashion illustrators.

Let Megan Hess take you on an adventure through New York, showing you the hottest places to eat, sleep and play all illustrated in her inimitable, elegant style.

Featuring fashion-themed restaurants, hotels and sites to visit, as well as Megan's favourite places to shop, this is a must-have insider's guide to New York for any fashion lover.

Get your wardrobe ready for New York City here.

Simply Nigella

By Nigella Lawson

Photograph of the cover of 'Simply Nigella' by Nigella Lawson.


Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying. From quick and calm suppers (Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry) to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd (Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel), or the instant joy of bowlfood for cosy nights on the sofa (Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns), here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good.


Whether you need to create some breathing space at the end of a long week (Asian-Flavoured Short Ribs), indulge in a sweet treat (Lemon Pavlova, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots) or wake up to a strength-giving breakfast (Toasty Olive Oil Granola), Nigella's new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become firm favourites.

Read Nigella's secrets here.

Botanicum

Curated by Katie Scott & Kathy Willis

Photograph of the cover of FIVE MILE PRESS book Botanicum.

As exquisite as it is informative, Botanicum invites you to explore each and every field, wood, tropical rainforest and flower glade in the world. Readers are free to explore the most beautiful, exotic and weird plants all at once; all within the pages of this beautiful coffee table-worthy read. 

Far more than just a visual delight, readers will learn some fascinating science within this title’s page, including titbits such as why some plants are green and others are not, and how some plants can live in water while others survive in mid-air, disconnected from the earth entirely.

A complete guide to the strange and wonderful kingdom of plants, Botanicum is the perfect companion to curl up on the porch with on a summer’s afternoon. 

Embrace your green thumb here.

The Terrace House: Reimagined For The Australian Way Of Life

Edited by Cameron Bruhn & Katelin Butler

Photograph of the cover of 'The Terrace House' book.

With British precedents and working-class origins, the terrace house is a story of remarkable resilience.

Today it is highly sought-after for its nostalgic charm and inner-city locale. A new generation of homeowners is making their mark by working with architects and designers to reimagine the terrace house for a twenty-first-century lifestyle.

From subtle refinements to bold geometric forms, alterations and additions are often hidden from the street creating a sense of intrigue about what lies behind, above or beyond the romantic facade.

This collection of homes celebrates the incredible history and enduring appeal of these well-loved buildings.

Inspect The Terrace House here.