Here at Fleur of England, we love nothing more than indulging in a little bit of time to ourselves and reading a good book. As autumn approaches and it's getting colder outside, we can curl up on the sofa with a steaming mug of tea and get lost in the pages of a book for a few hours without feeling guilty that we aren't outside.  There's something really indulgent about taking time out of your day to read and there are plenty of links between reading and mental well-being. To inspire you to put down your phones this autumn and pick up a book instead, we've put together a collection of some of our favourite books, perfect for a rainy autumn day.

 

 

 

Flights - Olga Tokarczuk

The winner of this year's Man Booker International Prize, Flights is a collection of short stories that crisscross through time and place, focusing on the human body. From a sister trying to smuggle her brother, Frederic Chopin's heart back to Poland, to the discovery of the Achilles tendon by a Dutch anatomist dissecting his own leg, this collection of tales explores the way humans connect with one another through their visceral nature.

Available on Amazon here. 

Tangerine - Christine Mangan

With a film based on the book set to star Scarlett Johansson, be sure to add this novel to your reading list. Alice and Lucy's friendship takes a sinister turn after Alice's wedding. Whilst vacationing with her new husband in Tangier, Alice's friend Lucy turns up unexpectedly and starts using Alice's name.

Available on Amazon here. 

 

 

 

 

In Intimate Detail - Cora Harrington

This highly anticipated book from Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict is a comprehensive guide to choosing, wearing and loving lingerie. The book is worth a read for the beautiful watercolour images alone and is filled with Cora's extensive knowledge of lingerie. With detailed guides to different bra types to how to wash and care for your lingerie, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in lingerie.

Available to buy here. 

 

 

 

Men Without Women - Haruki Murakami

This collection of short stories follows seven tales of seven men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Each story focuses on a different man (and a few women) who are different ages, professions and nationalities but are all interlinked through their relationships with women who have entered their lives and then left. Each story explores the nuances of male/female relationships and is the perfect choice for losing yourself in it's pages on a lazy weekend.

Available on Amazon here.