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Book Shelf | December

Summer is the perfect season to kick back and relax in the sun with a good book. Here are our recommendations of our favourite reads for the month.

French House Chic Jane Webster $65

A journey, room-by-room, through a thoroughly French house, the decor, furnishings and the sense of style and use of colour that gives the French home that unique flair. From simple bedrooms to traditional kitchens and extremely comfortable salons, French House Chic will inspire anyone decorating and bring back very pleasant memories for those who have spent time visiting France.

Incredible Cabinet of Wonders Lonely Planet $30

This is the perfect book for grandparents to keep at their place to fascinate any visiting grandchild. Set out like a cabinet of curiosities, each page is like a room in a museum with 100 little doors to the weird and wonderful. Lifting a flap will reveal an object from our planet’s weird and wonderful past and present. Science, natural history, music and many more topics are covered inside the pages of this very quirky book.

Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016 Phaidon  $140

Possibly the coffee table book of the year, this third volume in Annie Leibovitz’s remarkable body of work over the past 25 years is full of the most amazing portrait photography in her very identifiable style. From Bruce Springstein to the Queen and Donald Trump, there are over 150 more people of note, biographies of the subjects and a forward by Alexandra Fuller that make this a perfect picture of our lives and times.

Arcadia Bookshop — 26 Osborne St, Newmarket — 09 522 5211 — 09 522 5213 —