I got some lovely things for my birthday this year...
... Liberty: British, Colour, Pattern, a gorgeous "coffee table" book about the history of one of my very favourite places in London, Liberty.
I was super tempted to buy this back in February but was supposed to be saving my pennies, so I compromised by asking my dad to buy it for me and hide it until my birthday. This worked out very well as I'd totally forgotten about it by the time June rolled round!
I'll be reviewing it sometime soon, but from a first flick-through it's a wonderful-looking book, with the added bonus of pockets containing reproduction vintage posters and other interesting paper-y bits and pieces. Yum.
... Bad Machinery Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy. This was a birthday gift to myself! It sadly arrived damaged - I can't wait for the replacement copy in the post so I can curl up and have a good long read through it.
Bad Machinery is wonderful, and so, so funny. I read the daily comics online but nothing beats being able to read a whole story in an actual proper paper book and (of course) to support a writer by buying their work! There's a great review of the book here & if you want to read the comics online, you should start here.
... A lovely stripey dress from People Tree (another sneaky gift to myself!). People Tree make such nice clothes (and they're eco-friendly and fair trade too which is awesome), this dress is already going in and out of the wash like a yoyo, I love it.
... A beautiful book of poetry, by and from my very talented friend Philip. If you're interested in type, do follow that link - he took some great photos of the typeset pages).
... And the Slings & Arrows box set. I am totally in love with this show! It's about a (fictional) Canadian theatre festival, putting on Shakespeare's plays (each of the three seasons focuses on the production of a different play) and it is super smart, slightly sweary and laugh-out-loud funny.
It's never been on TV here in the UK, and I'd never heard of it until reading about it in this piece about Paul Gross but now it is definitely one of my all-time favourite shows and I will probably spend lots of time boring people silly blah-ing on about how great it is and how they should all totally watch it because it's amazing and Paul Gross is completely hilarious in it and blah blah blah.
All in all, some excellent birthday goodness!
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