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ong-haul flights can test the patience of even the most practiced arm chair warrior. Whether it’s 8 hours or 14, it’s a long time, especially if your only entertainment in the appearance of the food cart. But long flights don’t have to be a miserable affair, with a little foresight it can prove to be the perfect opportunity to discover a new favourite read.

You won’t want to board without one of these great books in your carry-on bag…

THE BIOGRAPHY…

1. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: BLOOD BENEATH THE SKIN by Andrew Wilson

The first definitive biography of the iconic, notoriously private British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. When McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, a shocked world mourned the loss of its most visionary fashion designer.

From humble beginnings, McQueen scaled the heights of fame, fortune and glamour, designing clothes for the world’s most beautiful women.  His multi-million pound luxury brand may have been a celebrity favourite but behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled with the ruthless world of high fashion.

Filled with groundbreaking never-before-seen material, this brilliant book pieces together the sensational story, of the man behind one of fashion’s most coveted brands.

Buy Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath The Skin

THE MEMOIR…

2. HAVE I SAID TOO MUCH? By Carole White

There are model agents, and there is Carole White. Christy, Naomi, Linda, Claudia, Cindy—White has shaped the careers of some of the most famous names ever to grace a catwalk and was at the centre of the 1990s supermodel storm in all its glory, drama, and excess. Opinionated and revealing this is the frank and inspiring story of the high queen of model management, as well as an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes in the glamorous and chaotic fashion industry. Carole gives the reader access to the realities of the modelling world, alongside personal stories of her life, from childhood right through to her current life reigning supreme as a co-founder of the highly successful Premier Model Management.

Buy Have I Said Too Much?

GIRL POWER

3. NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham

An exceptional collection of essays from the girl with the voice of a generation.  Acclaimed writer-director-star of the popular television series ‘Girls’, and the award-winning movie, ‘Tiny Furniture’, Lena Dunham is one of the most influential characters out there, dishing up reality to a realm that adores pretty much anything she touches.  “Hopeful dispatches” from the frontline of her struggle to have it all, fairy tales they are not, but the short stories in Not That Kind Of Girl tell a young woman’s story with the perfectly rationed powers of observation, wisdom and humour that only Lena Dunham could dish up.

Buy Not That Kind Of Girl

THE SOCIAL COMMENTARY

4. SO YOU’VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED by Jon Ronson

A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land and Jon Ronson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, has a thing or two to say about it in this captivating and brilliant social commentary of one of our world’s most under appreciated forces: shame. “The terror of being found out.”

While everyone else has apparently spent their free time mercilessly finding faults in other people, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings and writing a book about it.  The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonised, sometimes even fired from their job.  This honest, powerful and sometimes downright hilarious book about life today is full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws – and the very scary part we all play in it.

Buy So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

THE HEALTH BIBLE

5. EAT PRETTY by Jolene Hart

Nutrition is the fastest-rising beauty trend around the world but it’s a jungle out there full of jargon and stuff that makes many people want to line up at McDonalds. This books simplifies the latest science and presents a user-friendly guide for gorgeous looks, at any age, that last a lifetime. Buzzwords like antioxidants, biotin, and omega-3s are explained alongside more than 85 everyday foods, each paired with their specific beauty-boosting benefit: walnuts for supple skin, radishes for strong nails and much, much more.  Going beyond ingredients, Eat Pretty offers a full lifestyle makeover that explores stress management, hormonal balance, and mindful living. Charts and lists, plus nearly 20 recipes, make for a delicious and infinitely useful package—in the kitchen, at the grocer, and on the go.

Buy Eat Pretty

THE FICTION PAGE-TURNER

6. THE BOOK OF YOU by Claire Kendal

If you’re a fan of the best-selling books Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train you’ll love this creepy psychological thriller about a twisted, macabre fairytale of obsession and power.  Walk with Clarissa as her whole world unravels, stalked by an obsessive colleague and saved by selection for jury service it’s only as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds that she begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand. Realizing that she bears the burden of proof she doesn’t act and discovers that the ending her stalker envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

Buy The Book Of You

 

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