Stroud Book Festival Day 4 – Cath Kidson ‘A Place Called Home’ and Joanna Trollope ‘Mum & Dad’

Stroud Book Festival Day 4 – Cath Kidson and Joanna Trollope

Cath Kidson – A Place Called Home

A interview filmed pre-lockdown. Cath Kidson spoke to Caroline Sanderson about her home and new book ‘A Place Called Home’.

The main thing that came across to me was the need to have fun with interior, a painting with a Christmas hat on was a highlight for me.

Cath spoke about how new, old, and refurbished furniture can all be perfect for a space. She dicusses how to be creative and to be playful and have fun with your home interior.

She talks about how trends come and go so to concentrate on the things that make you happy and design your home to reflect that.

If you enjoy all things interior design this is the interview for you!

Book Synopsis

Cath Kidston – queen of vintage-inspired homeware and joyously decorated spaces – grants unprecedented insight into her creative process and personal style in this lifestyle-meets-memoir-meets-interior-design book. The name ‘Cath Kidston’ is associated worldwide with pattern, colour, dreamlike nostalgia, and comforting, cheerful spaces. In her new book, the founder of the eponymous brand invites us on a tour of her Gloucestershire home, sharing stories, decorating tips and inspirational ideas along the way. The book is divided into four chapters, each of them focusing on the 21 featured spaces in the book, including: Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Study, Dining Room, Office, Kitchen, Dressing Room, Attic, Greenhouse and Summer House. There are also the whimsically themed rooms such as the Castle Bedroom and Fish Bathroom. Delve into Cath’s design process as she reveals the memories and motivations behind her style choices. With Cath’s expertise and advice you’ll discover how simple tricks make stimulating spaces; from using vintage-inspired prints to transform a quiet corner into an art gallery, to how the right rug can tie a room together and create a cosy, congenial atmosphere. Discussing colour, decor, pattern and passion in her own words, Cath will help make your house a beautiful, practical home. Filled with inspirational images, expert advice from an industry icon, and stories that reveal a remarkable life in design, this book will give you the confidence to click your heels and agree that there’s no place like home.

Joanna Trollope – Mum & Dad

Popular author Joanna Trollope is the queen of presenting modern family lives in her novels. The interview between her and Louisa Joyner spoke about readers being able to see themselves in novels.

In the interview Joanna talk about her novel Mum and Dad and how it follows generations of a family and the different problems they face. She continues to talk about the difficulties faced by families these days including;

Modern family issues such as what to do with elderly parents?

What happens when the child has to take on the parental role?

How the time when you were born has an outcome on your world view and the role and duties top the family unit you must perform.

Gender roles being readjusted and the guilt that comes from everyone when they do not fill ‘the role’ that society has decided for them.

Growth of character in novels and difficulties of writing from others perspectives.

Joanna says ‘There isn’t a truth in this world that isn’t common to all of us’, a beautiful sentiment as readers of fiction we see ourselves in the characters we read about and can relate to their feeling and situations. We are all connected and the importance of family is discussed in this interview especially during the lockdown.

Joanna is a joy to watch and does a few reading form her latest novel Mum and Dad. I highly recommend watching the interview it has made me want to dive straight into this novel.

Book Synopsis

Sunday Times number one bestseller Joanna Trollope explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with her trademark wit and warmth, in Mum & Dad.

‘What a mess, she thought now . . . what a bloody, unholy mess the whole family has got itself into.’

It’s been twenty-five years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it’s left to their three grown-up children in London to step in . . .

Sebastian is busy running his company with his wife, Anna, who’s never quite seen eye-to-eye with her mother-in-law.

Katie, a successful solicitor in the City, is distracted by the problems with her long-term partner, Nic, and the secretive lives of their three daughters.

And Jake, ever the easy-going optimist, is determined to convince his new wife, Bella, that moving to Spain with their eighteen-month-old would be a good idea.

As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business. But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together?

‘Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy’ – The Times

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *