November 23

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

I am just going to leave this line here and let’s gaze up on it together because goodness knows we need a breather….

Maybe it’s just that we’re all made of stardust.

I don’t know what it is about this statement, but it calms me so deeply so I hope that may be true for you too. It is seriously taking me one step closer to a tattoo I can tell you that.

If ever there was a book for the year 2020, this time of Covid 19 and the hurly burly of world politics, this is it. This is about ‘Awe, Wonder And Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark ‘ so essentially, it’s a big pot of stardust filled chicken soup for our hearts.

Julia Baird is either the luckiest author in the world to write a book like this and have it released in this year or, she is a clairvoyant and we should be encouraging her to set up a table and her tarot cards at Paddington Markets lickety split.

This book Readheads, is gold. It is that rare blend of incandescence, beauty, history, fierce intelligence, pain, depth, thoughtfulness, generosity, hope and pure magic. It is the sort of book that doesn’t belong on your bookshelf, it belongs next to your bed ready to pick up each night or morning to breath life into your soul.

Phosphorescense means ‘light emitted by a substance without combustion or perceptible heat’ and this book ticks that box. I know, I know I sound like a frenzied fan, and I am guilty as charged. Whether my heart needed to be sewn back together with the threads of these lines in this book, I don’t know, but after the year that is, Julia Baird’s words threaded that needle.

Christmas is coming up and this is such a perfect gift because while we can’t easily come up with stardust, we can find it in the pages of this beautiful book so let’s sprinkle that stuff everywhere we can friends. Lord knows we all need it.

And when you get to the bit about ‘undie memories’, I’d love to know yours because I haven’t looked at my undie drawer the same way since…..and if that is not enough of a hook to get you to buy this book, well nothing is.

And that is just my 2 cents worth.