One month into the new year and I’ve just about gathered my thoughts on the last one. Professionally speaking, it was a biggie.
‘The Golden Thread’, my second book, was published by John Murray in October. Second anythings are tricky, especially when the first something exceeds expectations. And yet ’The Golden Thread’ has so far refused to be upstaged by her colourful older sibling: Radio 4 Book of the Week and Woman’s Hour appearances in the first month of publication, a review in the Sunday Times, and a shout-out from Peter Frankopan. What more could a book want?
Also in 2018, ‘The Secret Lives of Colour’ came out in South Korea, Italy and Russia. It’s now—or will be very shortly—available to readers in a dozen languages. Translation is a dark art that requires teams of great dark-artists. Cultural references that make perfect sense in English will be gobbledigook in Thai. Covers and graphic design that appears dashing in one country may seem old fashioned or jarring in another. Over the past year teams of translators, editors and art teams have ensured that ‘The Secret Lives of Color’, ‘Atlante Sentimentale Dei Colori’ or ‘Het Geheime Leven van Kleuren’, are the best books they can be in their adopted languages. To all of them: thank you!
So, what’s next? Well, there’s another book, the idea for which I’ve not been able to get off my mind since 2016. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it, and I hope you all will too. There’s are also other projects I’m working on. Articles for The Economist, The World of Interiors and my new-look colour column for Elle Decoration, the first of which is out this month. I’ve also got some ideas for longer-form projects that have been pitched, and others that I’m still working on. And of course I’ve also found time to comb the internet for the interesting and unexpected.
Below are a selection of things that caught my eye over the past few weeks, as well as some of the pieces that I’ve worked on. Enjoy!