By Our Bedsides is a new evening series in which we share the books, beauty products, and whatever else it may be that we’re winding down with at the moment. In this edition, Raquel talks us through the items on her nightstand that support her […]
Whenever I visit Istanbul, I like to stay in Beyoğlu. Hilly, historical, and packed with turn-of-the-century buildings and much, much older landmarks, it makes me feel alive. Cats wander the streets and check in on you as you eat meze and drink cocktails to your heart’s content in the evenings. People sit at little tables in tiny restaurants, having conversations in Turkish, English, French, and Italian. You feel the history in the air, and I very colloquially understand the Derridean concepts I struggled with early in grad school, (pleasantly) haunted by local family history. My grandfather studied up the hill at the Galatasaray Lycée, established in 1481. My great-grandparents lived nearby. Feeling utterly at ease in their ghostly midst, I feel compelled to do what I most love and go in search of books. On the last morning of my latest visit, my partner and I did just that.
Below, photographically, are some of our finds:
Summer is possibly one of my favourite times to read. The long evenings filled with stretching shadows and golden light, the bright mornings dusted with birdsong, even the drizzle-heavy days where the flowers dampen and we all complain about the humidity; the warmest months of […]
Summer is the season I always associate with having the time to settle into a good book or two. Most good tv has finished by the end of July and there’s nothing new on the horizon until September. There’s an abundance of long evenings to fill that are perfect for curling up with a good book. My summer holidays are also prime reading time. We normally take a ferry over to France for our holiday, so that gives me a several solid, uninterrupted hours to get my teeth in to a novel. Often I take series with me so I can feel like I’ve followed something through a journey, but anything that is either light, or amusing, or meaty is perfect for this time of year. I’ve either read every book on the following list more than once, or I’m due a reread of it. I hope you enjoy them all too!
Twenty years ago today the first Harry Potter novel was released. I was four years old, at pre-school and blissfully unaware of it. At that age I could read, but only short simple sentences. I had a room full of books but most of them were fairy tales, or picture books, or about ballet, or all three! In fact, Harry Potter wouldn’t enter my life until the year after. My nanny read about the hype surrounding the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and decided it was something her grandson (my then 9 year old brother) would be interested in. She bought him the second novel to read on our summer holiday and everything changed.