Lauren Molyneux curls up with a good book and reviews some of the latest best sellers
TOP TIP: Amoruso tells her success story with honesty, humility and a brilliant sense of humour.
Sophia Amoruso has quickly become one of my top five favourite famous female figures. Professional in her working life, creative with her ideas and determined to conquer, she is now the director of a multi-million dollar company. In her new release, #GIRLBOSS, she tells the story of how Nasty Gal took off and sky-rocketed to become one of the most popular stores on eBay, later blossoming to become the go-to internet store for young women all over the world craving vintage fashion items and stand-out clothing. She displays a deep understanding of her demographic, a love for all things retro, a keen eye for style and fashion and a fiery entrepreneurial spirit. Her story is one to laugh at, learn from, and love. Not only will it give you tales to marvel at and pass along to friends, hers is also a story to provide inspiration and motivation to women everywhere, no matter what their dream.
How to Stop Time
TOP TIP: How to Stop Time is a charming, bittersweet book about love and loss, finding yourself and losing yourself and the hurdles required to learn how to live.
Author of bestsellers such as The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig has produced yet another masterpiece in his latest fictional release, How to Stop Time. Tom Hazard has a rare and undefined condition. He may look like an average 41-year-old, but actually he has been alive for centuries. He has experienced ‘golden ages’, witnessed profound moments in history and has seen first-hand the horrors that humankind has to offer. Wars and revolutions have passed him by. Flitting between city, country and continent in a desperate attempt to understand himself and tackle the grief that has consumed him for over 300 years, he has found himself fleeing back to London – the city where his life truly began. He can try to make sense of the memories which consume his mind. The only thing he must not do is fall in love. Haig is a fantastic writer whose creative mind and personal experiences are expressed within his stories and appeal to young and older readers alike.
Brave New World
TOP TIP: If you’re looking for a book to challenge views and discuss amongst friends, this is it.
A vintage pick where the messages and morals resonate through to modern day life. Originally published in 1932, it’s an interesting read made all the more perplexing when observed through 21st century eyes. Bursting with imagination and big ideas, Huxley succeeds in creating a believable futuristic world, entirely different to our own, where society is a completely fabricated and manufactured ideal, and humans are conditioned from the moment they are conceived in a test tube. Brave New World is a novel which raises many big questions not only about society, but it also explores arguments in child and adult psychology, religion, scientific experiment and human nature in general. Everything we know about love, friendship, life and belief is cast as a huge question mark.