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OX Reads: Glamour 

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The wonderful Kim Harvey, owner of The Mad Hatter Bookshop in Burford (and Creative Director of The Burford Literary Festival) shares her reading suggestions on this month’s theme.

Scarlett Johannsen once said if you feel glamourous then you will definitely look glamourous, so slip into your silky PJ’s, tuck up your freshly painted toes, pour yourself a glass of something chilled and fizzy, open the Belgian chocs, and sit back to peruse our selection of books this month to make you feel glamourous. If you are more flannel pjs, coco and milk tray then join me, we can be glam together, in our own way…

A Cinematic Life by Bob Willoughby

Bob Willoughby was a true pioneer of 20th century photography. He changed the way the stars of screen and stage were portrayed forever and, in many ways, invented the celebrity portrait as it exists today.

As the first ‘outside’ photographer to be hired by the Hollywood film studios, he captured – with wonderful perception – the actors and directors on and off the set in moments of rest and of high drama. 

From the sublime beauty of Audrey Hepburn, featured on the cover, to stars including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe this book screams original glamour.

Treat Your Shelves

Have you ever dreamed of having your own library? If you have then the Chiltern Classics would demand a shelf of their own. These are exquisitely crafted editions of the classics from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Each hardback edition has a unique cover to match the story, add beautiful golden gilded edges and there you have it – the perfect addition to any book lovers’ shelves.

Christmas Pop-Up Advent Calendar

This advent calendar designed by The British Museum Collection will make the countdown to Christmas Day perfect – just pop it on your hall table and it will elevate your home to Homes and Gardens photo-shoot perfection. In fact, it’s so perfect that you might what to keep the little ones away from its festive perfection. Complete with a beautiful pop-up pine tree and 25 displayable ornaments to decorate your tree this is joy to the world of glam.

Daisy Haites by Jessa Hastings

Swap your fluffy slippers for fluffy towels and head to the bath with some classy sassy trash for your night in. Jessa Hastings will provide all you need for a good soak in less than 500 pages. Daisy is an heiress with a difference; she stands to inherit London’s most notorious criminal empire. There is, of course, an emotionally unavailable love interest, a dominating brother and a high price to pay. This solid page turner simmers with passion and glamour where the only rule is no guns at the dinner table.

Look out for the December issue next month where we will be serving the finest bookish gifts for all your loved ones.

You can find all these books at The Madhatter Bookshop, Burford or, for those who are too glam to travel, go to our website and we will ask Charles to hand deliver!

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