About a year and a half ago, I Googled 'Jo Malone Book'. I was curious about the woman behind so many of my favourite fragrances that I assumed there would be a book out about her. I was so disappointed when I realised there wasn't.
Until I stumbled on a teeny tiny press release that said the woman herself was writing an autobiography, which would be published in 2016. I now have that book in my hands, and I can't wait to read it.
I've been a lover of biographies and autobiographies for years. Some of my favourites have been so unexpected. Some people just have interesting lives I guess. The one that sticks in my mind when I think about stories that made an impact is Carl Barat's 'Threepenny Memoir', which I read years and years ago. The co-frontman of The Libertines opened my eyes to a whole new genre of books that I'd never even considered before.
My favourite ones to read now are by powerful and inspiring women. People who have been through the mill and have advice to share from it. Here are some of my favourites:
- Bloom - Estee Lalonde
This book literally just came out (like on the 6th October. I knew I had to have it and finished it in two nights. The girl just gets me. The book is beautifully photographed, tells some amazing stories and had me laughing and crying from start to finish. Estee is huge in the YouTube world, and shares her thoughts and experiences of being in such a unique position. She's an individual, and makes me feel like embracing my individuality too.
- #Girlboss - Sophia Amoruso
If ever there was a woman who made me feel like I could be anything it's Sophia Amoruso. Not only is this book amazing, it gives some amazing and interesting insights into how she started her business. It's incredible how such huge things can come from such small beginnings. This is a lesson I hope to put into practice one day. You don't need a lot of money to start something fantastic!
- Grace: A Memoir - Grace Coddington
No one has led a life more interesting than this woman. I got this book a few Christmases ago (I sent my mum around every book shop I could think of until she found it), and I've read and re-read it so many times since. Grace is the woman I want to be when I grow up. All I can do is tell you to read it (and look at the beautiful photos)
- I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist - Betty Halbreich
Another woman who has led a fascinating life. The longest serving personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman has worked with everyone.. and I mean everyone. And well into her eighties she is still killing it. The book tells the story of her life before BG and during, and gives us a behind the scenes insight into what it's really like to work in the industry.
I'm off to start reading Jo Malone's story now (and smell her new fragrance which is on the first scented page). Are there any other autobiographies I should be reading? Let me know!