7 Books to Make Self-Isolation Pass by in the Blink of an Eye

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There’s nothing like the pages of a beautiful book to hide in, whether you’re self-isolating or just directing your attention away from the onslaught of 24 hour news.

Our online shop is well-stocked, so swap anxious scrolling for one of these.

1. Get back to nature with The Weed

The perfect mixture of escapism and activism, Quentin Blake’s new book is a typically charming exploration of the importance of the environment. One to read while gazing out the window. See the originals in our From the Studio display when you're feeling better.

Order The Weed by Quentin Blake

2. Mind the bulge in our Tom of Finland collection

Bummed you can’t get out the house to see our Tom of Finland exhibition? Ample time to prepare yourself for your post-pandemic visit.

Order from the Tom of Finland collection

3. Feast your eyes on Lewitt-Him’s mid-century design

There’s Blitz spirit galore in the wartime propaganda posters of Jan Le Witt and George Him – regain perspective with their witty designs and be thankful rationing today is limited to hand sanitiser and bog roll.

Order Jan Le Witt and George Him: Design

4. Be transported to pre-war Syria

Tune out of rolling news and in to the clanking of cooking pots, stirring of olive trees and bleating of goats of pre-civil war Homs in this meditative illustrated short story.

Order Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

5. Revisit your childhood with animal fables

Go back in time in more ways than one to Quentin Blake and John Yeoman’s first ever children’s book, faithfully reproduced from its 1960 original.

Order A Drink of Water by Quentin Blake and John Yeoman

6. Decipher the autobiographical puzzles of great illustrators

What Are You Like? asked some of our favourite illustrators to draw a pictorial representation of themselves and their favourite things – puzzle them out and get inspired make your own.

Order What Are You Like?

7. Take a visit to the Hermit Kingdom

Had to cancel your travel plans? Take an armchair trip to North Korea instead.

Order Made in North Korea

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