There is plenty to entertain and interest on the book front this autumn. Alan Rickman’s Diaries and India Knight’s Darling, a reimagining of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love, are top of our list. Along with Lucy Worsley’s biopic of Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman and Marple: Twelve New Stories in which 12 authors tell their own Jane Marple mysteries. Kate Bingham enlightens us on the pandemic in her book, The Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Race to Vaccinate Britain whilst Ian McEwan, William Boyd, Celeste Ng, Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth Strout and George Saunders are all back with new offerings. And it will be hard to miss Richard Osman’s The Bullet That Missed who will no doubt be back topping the bestseller lists with his third instalment of those fiendish, elderly detectives.
We can’t wait for the new St John restaurant to open in Marylebone in October which follows the same nose to tail ethos, with baked goods provided by their Bermondsey Bakery. Richard Caring has another opening in October – Bacchanalia on Mount Street- will it be as successful as Scott’s? We think Akub in Notting Hill, a new Palestinian restaurant might be more up our street. We’ve also pre-ordered the new Moro Easy cookbook by Sam and Sam Clark (published September 8th) which both Diana Henry and Nigella Lawson have been raving about. And Cafe Murano Book Club has just announced three great new events at the Bermondsey restaurant, Sabrina Ghayour on Sunday 18th September, Richard Bertinet on Sunday 30th October and Delia Smith on Sunday 20th November. Book tickets here for the talk, including a two-course dinner inspired by the authors’ books.
Fashion, Pop-Ups and the rest
There are lots of pop-ups, new products and collaborations coming up – to stationery addicts such as us, news that Anya Hindmarch (left), Papier and Zara have just launched new stationery lines is great news! We’re keeping our eyes peeled for collaborations between VEJA and Ba&sh (launching September 15th), India Hicks and Penelope Chilvers (launching September 8th), and Erica Davies’ new line of boots and coats (the latter which you can rent as well as buy) at John Lewis launching October 11th. Check out her Rick Rack coats which are sure to sell out. We’re also loving the new collaboration between India Mahdavi and Svenskt Tenn (think colourful cushions and pewter pots) and looking forward to the latest Nordic Knots/Campbell Rey partnership who have teamed up with Hotel Il Pelicano for a new special edition rug. Plus one of our favourite paint specialists, Atelier Ellis, is releasing their latest collection called ‘Waving and Smiling’ later this month.
Don’t miss the latest Marfa Stance cult outerwear pop-up at 14 Culford Gardens, SW3 2ST from October 7th – 15th. Or the Re-Collection store at 316 Portobello Road, W10 5SA from November 9th to December 18th which will be selling specially sourced and curated pieces from furniture to fashion. Seraphina will be back in late November with a pop-up on King’s Road selling their sought-after dresses and A Fabled Thread will be hosting a Winter Workshop week, 15 – 20 November 15th in Islington.