BIBLIOTHÈQUE // Winter fireside reads as recommended by the Radical Yes team.

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BIBLIOTHÈQUE // Winter fireside reads as recommended by the Radical Yes team.

Radical Yes BibliothequePhoto by Holly Graham

In revealing AW17 Bibliothèque we begin the slow transition into winter and turn to words for the warmth, inspiration and solstice they harbour. As we start pulling out thicker bedding from storage and remind ourselves to bring a jumper when we leave the house, we celebrate the writers and books that are best enjoyed in the winter months; consumed fireside, coffee in hand and slippers on.

We asked two members of our retail and marketing team, Eddy and Alex to recommend a favourite winter read.

When Things of the Spirit Come First by Simone de Beauvoir

Selected by Eddy Caroll

Tell us a bit about your pick.

I chose a book by Simone de Beauvoir to share, because she was a walker. She threw her heeled shoes away in favour of flat soled shoes to walk freely to her hearts content. Not only was she one, but she paved the way for Radical Wonder Women !  

'When Things of the Spirit Come First' is a collection of 5 stories that Simone De Beauvoir wrote in the 1930's but never published thinking they were too 'immature'. 45 years later after reviewing herself as a young writer, De Beauvoir published her earlier fictions allowing them to became a reflection on the forces that shape the way women live their lives.

The 5 stories and De Beauviors notes to the reader ( translated and published in 1979 ) timelessly drew me in, validating the importance of self reflection as well as a reminder to put things into context.

Why is this book best read fireside?

Reading by the fire! What a luxury! In the myth of Prometheus it is said 'Humanities darkness was illuminated by divine fire'. Fire element translated directly into human ingenuity!

Reading 'When Things of the Spirit Come First' ignited a fire in my belly, not a raging flame but a continual slow burn. The book is a flame, if you have a fire to sidle up to it'll only add to its warmth.  

Who would you recommend this book to?

I recommend this book to all curious and spirited women. The future is female but so was was our past, there is great knowledge in the past lives of others. 

What are three words to describe how you felt turning the final page?

BE. WHOLEHEARTEDLY. YOURSELF.

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie

Selected by Alex Birch

Tell us a bit about your pick.

Desert Flower really is one of those rare stories that returns to you again and again as aspects of this enduring true account of a young Somalian nomad plays out in the headlines of our news cycle on an almost weekly basis. 

Waris Dirie is a desert nomad born in Somalia to unbearable adversity, circumcised at five and compelled to escape an arranged marriage at 12. At this stage her story is sadly not so unique; it's the journey that unfolds next which is so exceptional. Waris Dirie is now an international super model, UN special Ambassador against FGM and acclaimed author.

Why is this book best read fireside?

This is one of those books that, time willing, you will no doubt read in one sitting. There is no better place to spend an uninterrupted period of time than fireside in winter. 

Who would you recommend this book to?

This is a book for all women; in fact for anyone prepared to push beyond their comfort zone and absorb a very real first-person account of female strength and resilience. 

What are three words to describe how you felt turning the final page?

Enlightened. Inspired. Activated. 

 

 

 

 

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