Are You Sitting Comfortably with The Beautiful Book Company

They had me at “smell”:

Whilst many people choose e-books these days, we’re sure you’ll agree that there is nothing better than the look, feel and smell of a physical book, whether you’re opening it for the first time, or pulling it off the bookshelf to devour for the twentieth time.

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These bookish beauties made me whoop for joy with this sentence, yes it is about the sensory feel of a book as well as the comfort of knowing that all your treasures are on a shelf waiting for you to revisit them. Whatever your mood, your bookcase has your back and I have to admit to a smug joy in knowing exactly where my books are when I need them!

The Beautiful Book Company really understand the love for books and have worked incredibly hard to find literary gifts worthy of devoted bookworms.

We create beautiful, bespoke, hand crafted literary-based gifts –perfect as a thoughtful gift for someone you love, or for keeping yourself!

Born from a life-long passion for books, combined with the frustration at a lack of options for great literary gifts, at The Beautiful Book Company we believe in the power of literature to inspire and fire imaginations of all ages, temporarily transporting people from their day to day lives.

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With “temporarily transporting” I knew that we had to work with them. They understand books and bookish love and are the perfect sponsor for this months “Are You Sitting Comfortably”. We have a brand new author with her debut novel which is already being made into a television production – yes- it is that good!!! Sarah Freethy is an extraordinary storyteller who creates passionate characters who immediately draw you into their heartbreaking story of love, passion, art and beauty in Germany during the Second World War.

Rebecca Fletcher – my bookish partner in crime.

Hoorah, hoorah!  Rebecca and I are back for another Are You Sitting Comfortably.  Have you missed us?  We’ll be bringing you more bookish recommendations and plenty of author delights over the coming months but kicking off autumn, we’re delighted to introduce you to a new author who makes her debut this October.  One of the things Rebecca and I feel really passionate about is bringing new talent to your attention and this is a real beauty.  We’ll be chatting to author, Sarah Freethy, live on Instagram on 25th October.  Sarah has worked as a writer, script consultant, producer and development editor in television before turning her hand to fiction – The Porcelain Maker is her first novel.


The Porcelain Maker is the story of two lovers caught at the crossroads of history and a daughter’s search for the truth.  It’s an epic love story of betrayal and art which begins in late 1920s Weimar Republic when Max, a Jewish architect, and Bettina, a beautiful and celebrated German avant-garde artist meet at a party.  Their talent transports them to the dazzling lights of Berlin as Germany teeterson the brink of monumental change and Bettina and Max’s bright future is overshadowed by the rising threat of Nazism.


When Max is arrested and sent to the Dachau concentration camp, it is only his talent for making exquisite porcelain figures so beloved by the Nazis, that stands between him and the inevitability ofdeath. Bettina has no idea where Max has been taken and when she learns of his fate, becomesdetermined to rescue him at all costs.


A lifetime later, Bettina’s daughter, Clara, sets out on a journey to uncover the truth about her identity. As she weaves together the fabric of her past, she discovers the terrible secret her mother wanted hidden forever.


Beautifully woven together within two periods of time, The Porcelain Maker tells of passion and loss, betrayal and loyalty – above all though, it’s a story of the enduring power of love and courage in the face of everything. Fans of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Suite Française and Heather Morris’ TheTattooist of Auschwitz will fall in love with this debut as it bears all the hallmarks of a bestseller already. Heather Morris has already given it her seal of approval too.

Head over to The Beautiful Book Company and have a look at their fabulous subscriptions and the most brilliant bookish advent calendars – a mix of books classic and new and bookish gifts. But (and this is why you can’t tell me off for mentioning Christmas so early), if you have someone in mind, do order now because they sell out by November!

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