This month, entertainment journalist and television producer, Nicky Greenwall talks to us about the book that’s had a lasting
ALSO ON MY SHORT LIST
How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie; Women, Work and the Art of the Savoir Faire -Mireille Guiliano; Wherever You Go There You Are – Jan Kabat-Zinn; Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time-Brigid Schulte; All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood- Jennifer Senior
What is the title and author’s name?
Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendour by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
How old were you when you discovered it? I was 30. How did you come across it?
A friend gave it to me. She started reading it and felt she wasn’t at the right time in her life to appreciate the content, but thought I was – and she was right! The Christmas after I read it I ordered eight copies and gave them to all my good girlfriends as presents.
Was there a particular character who grabbed your imagination?
It’s an ‘inspirational book’ of sorts for domestic life that encourages you to take pleasure in seemingly ordinary things. The book includes lots of quotes from authors who have written about similar themes over the years. One of my favourite quotes is by Blogn Glasgow: ‘There are times when life surprises one, and anything may happen, even what one had hoped for.’ The book is really about appreciating what you have right now, and how
the small space you create around yourself can influence your mood. It’s not a self-help book; it’s a book of reflections and thoughts that I found very comforting. It was also the perfect book to prepare me emotionally for motherhood, although you don’t have to be a mother to appreciate it.
What emotions did it inspire in you?
It made me feel peaceful and content. It made me realise that many of life’s pleasures are actually very small and simple things.
Did the book prompt you to do something differently?
Every chapter inspired me to do things differently; from cooking, to rearranging my linen cupboard, and even buying new socks. It’s amazing how many things we ignore in our lives, and don’t realise how changing them makes us feel better. For example, when was the last time you took time out to organise your socks drawer?
Could you sum it up in a few words?
It’s a book that makes you rediscover yourself and the small things that actually make you happy.