Book Review | July


Verve’s Must-read

Sabrina Ghayour

Nothing beats sitting down with a wonderful new cookbook and falling under the spell of a whole new range of flavours to inspire you to cook something different. Sabrina Ghayour won many accolades for her beautiful book Persiana and she is a regular guest on many of the top food shows as well as contributing to many foodie magazines. Sabrina has collected her favourite Middle Eastern recipes and added her own inimitable twist, presenting them in the mouthwatering collection that is Sirocco. From sticky lamb buns to souk-spiced roots — the foods in your fridge and vegetable drawer will only taste better thanks to Sabrina and her recipes. – $50




The Dry
Jane Harper

Within just a week or so of it’s release, Jane Harper’s debut novel is being touted as one of the best reads of the year.

Set in a small town in Australia about five hours drive north from Melbourne, Kiewarra has been having it tough. Seriously affected by the long drought, farmers are at the end of their tether, literally. Aaron Falk returns home to farewell his friend Luke, but he senses that the murder-suicide label put on a local case has far more to it. Gripping from the very first sentences until the last word, The Dry is breathtaking, and packed with atmosphere. – $38




How to Decorate: Farrow and Ball
Joa Studholme and Charlotte Cosby

Whether it’s the thirty shades of white, or the right rich colour to lift the features of your house, the new book How to Decorate, from Farrow and Ball will help you make the right decisions in your decorating dilemmas. Farrow and Ball paint is renowned for it’s quality, pigment, and even the “chalky” feel and of course its well researched range of colours both heritage and contemporary. This new book is a good investment and far more rewarding than half a dozen test pots of paint, How to Decorate will walk you through different rooms, different periods and show you just how much potential there is in a new colour palette for your home. – $70


barkskins - annie proulx

Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx never disappoints her avid fans and yet every one of her novels are so very different from each other.

Her newest, Barkskins, is a huge read not only in size, but in the scope and complexity of the story. Tracing the history and extensive travels of two young woodcutters, Charles Duquet and Rene Sel, and their subsequent descendants over some three hundred years. Yes it is a wide sweeping saga on a huge scale, but Annie Proulx’s genius is that she creates characters which captivate, situations that educate, and has an imagination to entrance the reader completely. We will be talking about this book for years to come. – $37



Words: Doris Mousdale

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