The World of Susie Wong.
I watched this as a movie when I was a kid. The movie had William Holden in it and is about an artist who moves to Hong Kong to paint and falls in love with a Wanchi girl who works in a bar as a prostitute (Kinda like Pretty Woman about 30 years before Julia Roberts was born).
Then one day in a dusty old book store I found the novel - for a huge $1. I was so overjoyed and of course the book is SO much better then the movie.
Another find in a second hand book store in Glebe. I bought this when I was 19 and I have read it 31 times. No word of a lie. Djian's prose is the most beautiful writing I have ever read. The story is set in France and is about Betty who is a functional lunatic and the love affair she has with Zorg. Zorg knows she is a bit unbalanced but loves her (and tries to save her from herself) anyway. Of course I own the movie too, but the book is just perfect...nothing could compete.
The Creative Family.
Amanda Blake Soule has a blog and I discovered her books through there. This book is food for the eyes to look through and it encapsulates everything I would like my home with with my family to be. Lots and lots of creative and home made things to do with your kids.
Another book by Amanda Blake Soule. Here she has lots of sewing and craft projects for Mumma to do. Such a lovely book with quite achieveable projects to do within its pages.
Our Family Table.
My newest addition to the bookcase. My husband Bill bought this for me (Gotta love a man who buys you stuff for no good reason).
If you were a fan of Masterchef last year then this book would need no introduction. Julie Goodwin was the winner of Series One and this is her cookbook. Lovely photos and nice family friendly recipes. I'm sure it will be a favourite.
And Bill, my new book wishlist is on the fridge.