Lucy Moore of London bookshop Claire de Rouen curates her favourite isolation reads. Looking for further inspiration? Check out this handy list.

Animals

Because your home can be a zoo! Animals brings us incredible photographs, taken by Sage Sohier, of Americans at home with their unusual and exotic friends.”

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Why Grow Up?

In Why Grow Up?’ Susan Neiman talks about how philosophy can help us grow up in the amidst of a culture of rampant immaturity’. I kind of feel like we should ignore the message of this book and instead be as childlike as we can during self-isolation. I chose this book because its cover is a photograph taken on the tube by Wolfgang Tillmans – and because we’re not meant to travel at the moment, suddenly the cover feels fantastical.”

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Charleston

Charleston opens a window onto the creative fecundity and sexual eccentricity of the Bloomsbury group, who self-isolated at this house in East Sussex during WW2.”

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All Good Things

This image of Mayan and Roman masks is from All Good Things by Stephen Ellcock. The book takes the reader on a psycho-spiritual-scientific odyssey through space and time. It’s a collection of images of paintings, objects, diagrams and poems, that reveal the creativity of humankind across the centuries. It’s the most inspiring book I have seen for so long.” 

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How to Know God

Recommended to me by my friend, the artist Linder Sterling, How to Know God is the guide to yoga and its philosophy, written 1,500 years ago by the Indian sage, Patanjali. By the time self-isolation ends, you too could be enlightened…”

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