Saffron Book Shelf, Winter Edition

Not sure which books to read during the winter holidays? Don't fret, our Saffronites suggest the books they just can't put down. Since some of you will be on holidays, we've cast a wider net this time; take your pick from gripping novels, fascinating autobiographies to books focussed on design.

A Promised Land - Barack Obama.
In this first volume of his memoir, Obama sets out to provide an honest account of his formative years, becoming a senator and eventually the road to his presidency.  He writes about how the US can heal divisions and make democracy work for everyone.

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier.
Frier, an award-winning reporter reveals an inside look at how Instagram defied the odds to become one of the most culturally defining apps of the decade.

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf.
Wulf's novel depicts one of history's most colourful and famous scientists by taking readers on a journey of a lifetime.

We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance by Seth Godin.
We are all weird is the celebration of choice and independent thought. Opposing the industrial, mass market driven world, that while efficient, does limit our choice.

Newspaper Design: Editorial Design from the world's best newsrooms by Javier Errea.
A beautifully illustrated and helpful book for those that want to understand basic design principles behind some of the world's best known newspapers: The New York Times, the Guardian the Libération and others.

Design by Accident: For a New History of Design by Alexandra Midal.
This meticulously researched work proposes not only a counter-history but a new historiography of design, shedding light on overlooked historical landmarks and figures while reevaluating the legacies of design's established luminaries from nineteenth century to the present.

Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawsthorm. 
Rawsthorm explains how design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability. It shows how resourceful designers are using new digital tools to help tackle the environmental and refugee crises, and to reinvent dysfunctional social services.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt.  
Tartt's novel follows a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite college in New England that discover a way of thinking and living that could not be more different than the norm. But when they go beyond the boundaries of morality, they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal.

Any Human Heart by William Boyd.  
A story of a British writer that kept a journal of his life, loves, adventures and disappointments from his school days through his painful old age. Famous cameos include Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson to name a few.

If you still need more recommendations to get through the winter, check out our previous booklist here