|featuring Shacks of every kind - shelter, business, ruins, beach, lakeside...|
I couldn't help but borrow that title line from a gorgeous little book I discovered yesterday Shack in praise of an Australian icon by Simon Griffiths (Penguin Lantern $39.99). According to Simon, shacks make people happy. It's all about enjoying the coast and the catch. The shack's a place you can hose out at the end of summer, lock, leave and not worry about. Sounds perfect!
Simon's publication pedigree is rather envious, he is a leading photographer of food, interiors and gardens. His work appears regularly in lifestyle magazines and in the books of Australian cooking royalty Stephanie Alexander and Kylie Kwong.
|my favourite - a converted boatshed outside Melbourne|
|set in coastal scrub - Mornington Peninsula|
|a converted cowshed - how positively perfect!|
This book is a gem featuring quirky, rustic, shabby and renovated 'shacks' from faraway places to inner city dwellings connecting us to our 'common desire for retreat and renewal'.
|The Great Lakes Tasmania is a haven for shacks|
Stunning photography transports you to various reaches of Australia from country to coast, however there are many beautifully constructed sentences that make you close your eyes and dream of a simpler life.
A lazy afternoon spent with a cup of tea and this book is hard to beat. My advice - put it on your Christmas list!