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Record & Book Nook: #CreativeShowcase 2017

At The #CreativeShowcase, find inspiration and an oasis of calm in the Record & Book Nook, in The Vaults of Old Billingsgate.
Here you can browse books on subjects ranging from fiction to business to poetry, amongst other things. One may have been chosen for its influence on the creation of a bath bomb, another for its business advice, and another for its personal inspiration. 


You can read more on previous books featured in the Record & Book Nook here, or join us for Lush Life’s weekly book recommendations.

Books have been a constant inspiration to Lush, and The Record & Book Nook aims to spread a love of literature to all. As well as sharing the books that inspire us with you, we also wonder about your reading habits – do you want to read more in general, or would you like to read books that better reflected your mood?

The Record & Book Nook is offering  two 45 minute Bibliotherapy sessions to guests at the Showcase. Want to explore the world of bibliotherapy? You’ll expand upon your relationship with books so far and be asked to explore new literary directions. Your session will end with a personal, tailored book prescription of six books, and one instant-prescription, will be immediately recommended to you.

Drop [email protected] a line to book your place; first come, first served. 

Here are some books you can find in this year’s Record & Book Nook.
Let us know what you think if you’ve already read any of them!

The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
Texas-born, Katherine Arden makes her debut in an atmospheric and enchanting novel inspired by Russian fairy tales. Real and fantastical forces are woven throughout the book as her academic specialisation of both French and Russian literature shines through.

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig.
Matt Haig's latest book How To Stop Time was recently awarded it's fourth week in the Bestseller Charts. What would you do if you couldn’t fall in love? Follow, 439 year-old, Tom Hazard through his journey from Elizabethan England, to Jazz Age Paris, to modern day London. Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life.

Soil Soul Society by Satish Kumar.
Satish Kumar presents the new trinity for our age of sustainability, one that shares the knowledge that we ourselves are very much part of nature; that what we do to nature we in fact do to ourselves; and that the earth is soulful. In this book, he urges readers to create a new consciousness that reveres nature and explores how as a global society we need to embrace diversity and become pilgrims on this earth, not tourists.

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.
Peter Singer comments on Animal Welfare and the introduction of cruelty laws as well as daring to suggest that a new ethic for animals was needed, that acknowledged their ability to suffer. This book comes highly recommended from Lush Ethics Director, Hilary.

Open Borders by Teresa Hayter.
Teresa Hayter assesses the impact of the increasing severity of border controls since they were first introduced and makes the case for their abolition. She examines the recent history of European coordination of border controls and argues that the existence of controls leads to great suffering and abuse of human rights, and that immigration controls are racist and help legitimate racism.

The Beauty of The Sound Approach by Mark Constantine, on Vinyl.
Having launched at the 2017 Bird Fair, the first birdsong Vinyl from Mark Constantine and The Sound Approach is now available. Mark Constantine will be introducing the Vinyl, and more of his musical explorations, at the #CreativeShowcase.

The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin.
Do you require Bronte to re-boot your Broken Heart? Do you despair of your Nose? Can Fielding open your Flood Gates? Or Pynchon purge your Paranoia? May we administer Austen to curb your Arrogance? Hemingway for your Headache?” - Allow The Novel Cure to cure all that ails you with various literary recommendations. If you still need further literary attention, book a bibliotherapy session in at the #CreativeShowcase 2017 - book here: [email protected]

The Revolution Will Be Digitised by Heather Brooke.
The Revolution Will Be Digitised by Heather Brooke (who has been described as a “force of nature in journalism” by The Guardian) is about a war: the information war to be precise. In the digital age, Brooke believes that: “We have the technology to build a new type of democracy but equally we might create a new type of totalitarianism.” If this sounds like your kind of book, we recommend you check out the Open Internet Panel at the #CreativeShowcase.

Creativity Inc by Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull.
As a young man, Ed Catmull dreamt of making the world's first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream first as a Ph.D. student, and then forged an early partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding of Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. In this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques, honed over years, that have made Pixar so widely admired. If this sounds like your kind of book, we recommend you check out the Nurturing Creativity Panel at the #CreativeShowcase.


Books have been a constant inspiration to Lush, and The Record & Book Nook aims to spread a love of literature to all.

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