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Books to inspire and transform your life

K. Johnston
 
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
"This is the complete book: biography, travel writing, self-help guide. I've lost count of the number of friends I've bought this for. Instruction manual on great writing and getting one's life back!"
Instead of a Letter
Instead of a Letter
"A classic account of youth, love, loss and a life lived in book publishing. Enthralling, beautifully written. Also to be recommended are Stet and Yesterday Morning by same author."
Shadow in Tiger Country
Shadow in Tiger Country
"Part journal extract, part memoir, this is Tim and Louise Arthur's story of their love, a celebration of Louise's life and of Louise's tragic demise from cancer. A testament to enduring love."
Kitchen Confidential
Kitchen Confidential
"Everyone's familiar with Bourdain's Tarantinoesque escapades in the kitchens of the East Coast but it's STILL a truly unmissable read for all foodies and armchair adventurers."
Maiden Voyage
Maiden Voyage
"Even if the very idea of large bodies of water sends shivers down your spine, you will be enthralled by Aebi's teenage trip around the world on a boat with only her cat for company."
Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War
Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War
"This book takes you right into the heart of what it is to be a young, naive, ambitious, hungry, fearless female war photojournalist searching for and finding the answers to the meaning of (her) life."
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
"You live in a big city, you hate your crappy job: what do you do? You write a fantastically funny, f-word filled book on how to cook 500 recipes from one gourmet recipe book in a year."
Albany Park
Albany Park
"This is the story of two teenagers in the 50s leaving south London for adventures on the continent. Fearless, passionate, quite mad. Follow up with the sequel, Another City."
The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar
"You don't need to be into all things literary to appreciate Plath's fictionalised retelling of her own brilliance, passion and insanity."
The Man Who Ate Everything: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Food, But Were Afraid to Ask
The Man Who Ate Everything: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Food, But Were Afraid to Ask
"For all lovers of food, science and travel - Steingarten ventures into the world of all things culinary to eat the food we don't have to. The man is crazy, passionate, funny, adorable. Love him."
Before I Say Goodbye
Before I Say Goodbye
"The story of journalist Ruth Picardie's last months after a tragic misdiagnosis of cancer. The journey is honest, moving, often funny, dignified, it forces you to rethink the value of your own life."
Money into Light: The Emerald Forest Diary
Money into Light: The Emerald Forest Diary
"Director John Boorman's account of the process of getting a film made - and this happens to be one of the most beautiful and memorable films of the period."
Serious: The Autobiography
Serious: The Autobiography
"McEnroe is unafraid to expose every unpleasant characteristic and incident in a memoir that ultimately reveals him to be a hugely likeable human being, great sportsman and engaging writer."
The Scent of Dried Roses
The Scent of Dried Roses
"If you've suffered depression (and if you haven't) Lott's story of his illness, his mother's subsequent suicide and his journey towards understanding and acceptance is profoundly moving."