Book and Candle Combos To Curl Up With In January
Combos don't come as warming and soothing as this
January. Cue dark, cold mornings, endless meetings, emails and deadlines – while all those summer festivals and parties seem pretty far out of reach. So to avoid the New Year melancholy, we suggest putting your phone on silent and losing yourself in a good read, accompanied by the soul-soothing glow of candlelight. Here are our top three combos to add some joy to your January.
Naomi Alderman’s The Power is an intriguing work of science fiction, where girls have the ability to administer potentially fatal electric shocks to their male counterparts – to the extent that boys are segregated into single sex schools for their own safety. This dark and twisted tale is the perfect partner for Beaufort London’s Coeur de Noir Candle – an unusual and subtly metallic concoction with rich notes of ginger and spiced rum. £39 Roullier White
Literary queen Zadie Smith (pictured) has treated fans to another helping of her spellbinding prose with Swing Time. Told in the first person, it’s is the story of two friends with contrasting personalities and the different paths their lives take, spanning several decades and countries. Equally escapist is Fired Earth’s Chai and Lime Blossom Candle Tin, which combines spicy and fresh citrus notes for a warming blend that’s crisp and refreshing at the same time. £9.50 Leekes
If you’re not a fiction fan, then we suggest you have a nose through Truman Capote’s classic true crime novel. (A must for fans of Making a Murderer and the Serial podcasts.) In Cold Blood documents the murder of the affluent Clutter family in sleepy, rural Kansas, which in turn haunted the author for the rest of his life. We suggest reading this to the light of Byredo’s Cotton Poplin Candle, a fresh laundry scent whose ‘cleanliness’ provides a somewhat eerie backdrop to this chilling read. £23 Liberty