Genevieve has been a professional writer for over 15 years, and is our resident Arts specialist. She has a particular love of books and likes to stay on top of the most interesting new releases.
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Leaning In, Being a Strong Woman, and Drunk Tank Pink

According to Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter, pink anaesthetises the senses. That’s the only interesting fact I really extracted from it. Why do certain federal prisons paint their walls pink? And that’s [...] Read more »

Gwyneth Paltrow It's All Good

Gwyneth Paltrow – It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

I have always loved Gwyneth Paltrow for how hard she seems to try. How earnest, scrubbed clean, classroom monitor she seems to be. She tried to break out of her good girl role, she tried being a bit whacky – her child is called Apple! [...] Read more »

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Ursus Wehrli – The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat And Tidy

TIDY YOUR ROOM! – the childhood command most guaranteed to sink me in terror and gloom. I can’t tidy anything. My excuse is that I don’t have a tidy self. A body that can be relied on only to accidentally trip an innocent stranger in [...] Read more »

Ice Age Art by Jill Cook

Jill Cook – Ice Age art: Arrival of the Modern Mind

Portentious music. Voice Over: “You’re in for the most extraordinary experience. Obviously, it’s amazing for me, a maker today, to see the work of, I think, contemporary minds of 40,000 years ago”. That’s Antony Gormley, introducing the exhibition at the British Museum that the book, [...] Read more »

"My Brother's Book"

Maurice Sendak – My Brother’s Book

Who stomped through your childhood, growling cantankerously, hiding, and sulking and being rowdy by turns? For me, the answer is some combination of either Fungus The Bogeyman, or Father Christmas as immortalised by Raymond Briggs; or a Wild Thing, imagined by Maurice Sendak. It’s funny, [...] Read more »

Woody Guthrie "House of Earth"

Woody Guthrie – A House of Earth

Graphic, bizarre, sex outdoors as a representation of fertility rites, a house literally made of earth, a people who have nothing yet are in harmony with nature – sounds suspiciously like a 60’s hippy rebirth book along the lines of Carlos Castaneda. But Woody Guthrie’s [...] Read more »

Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century

Paul Kildea – Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century

The publishers of Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century claim this is the definitive biography of the controversial genius many see as the only British composer of note for the last three centuries. Of course, there is already a raft of books on [...] Read more »

Hummingbird bakery

The Hummingbird Bakery – Home Sweet Home: 100 new recipes for baking brilliance

Every week I walk past the Hummingbird Bakery in Kensington, on my way to the V&A museum. Every week I think, “Hmm, perhaps I’ll grab a little morsel of deliciousness to enjoy before going to see an exhibition”. But then, every week I eye the [...] Read more »