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Six Books to Help You Unwind Over Summer

Leave the office behind and discover secret swimming holes, unique recipes and the origins of colours.

Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist David Attenborough

There are few people in the world who can sooth the soul like David Attenborough. In Journeys to the Other Side of the World he writes about his youthful experiences in places such as Madagascar, New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and remote Northern Territory. You’ll discover exotic animals and locations without having to leave your couch – and probably read it in his soothing voice.

Ottolenghi Simple Yotam Ottolenghi

Cooking can be a great way to let off steam. In Simple, award-winning chef Yotam Ottolenghi shows you how to create fast, easy, laidback meals, all in under 30 minutes, and with 10 ingredients or less. With colourful photography accompanying 140 new dishes, this book is a treat for your eyes as well as your tastebuds. Enjoy cooking with work out of the way and pick up some time-saving tips for when your schedule gets busy again.

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour David Coles

Read about deep blues and cool greens to help you relax, or sunny yellows to improve your mood in Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour. Vibrant illustrations, paint-making recipes and thousands of years of history at your fingertips make it easy to lose yourself in David Coles’s exploration of colour and its meaning. This book is essential for lovers of art, history and those with a curious mind. It might even inspire you to do some painting over the summer.

Places We Swim Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon

Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon travel around Australia in search of the country’s most unique, eye-catching swimming spots. Places We Swim documents their journey as part travel guide, part photo essay, and part cultural study. The book uncovers secret springs, coastal beaches, gorges and inner-city pools, including notes on the best time to visit, costs involved, facilities, must-brings and more. Places We Swim is a thoughtful, relaxing read for the summer and perfect inspiration for your next road trip.

Less Andrew Sean Greer

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Less is a bittersweet story of satire, love and travel. When a 49-year-old failing author receives a wedding invitation from his former boyfriend of nine years, he decides to pack his bags and travel the world to, in essence, run away from his emotional and financial problems. Less is a feel-good story to help take your mind off work, and just might inspire you to book your next summer holiday, too.

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