Staircase 9 17’s October bookshelf

Our book recommendation for October is The Real Jane Austen: A life in small things, by Paula Byrne.   Divided into chapters dealing with different items such as 'The East Indian Shawl', 'The Topaz Crosses', and 'The Box of Letters', it is a fascinating, readable and original exploration of the life of Jane Austen and the…

Winter wellbeing

Dear Sam, Thank you so much for the sunshine and colour in your last post - it was just what I needed on a gloomy January day! Like you, I've been thinking about winter wellbeing and how to maximise health and happiness when the weather is cold and the days are short. I love citrussy scents, too, and…