The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook. This is the ultimate deal: a book that explains everything and still fits into your handbag. Includes a comprehensive survival guide, lizard phrase book and the nuts and bolts of finding lost treasures. Just in case you might need to know.
WHAT STEPHEN HAWKING KNOWS
A Brief History of Time. Anything you ever wanted know about the universe but never dared to ask. But there’s a teeny-weeny problem: I don’t understand books with mathematical equations.
Something more to learn.
WHAT CHRISSIE GALLAGHER-MUNDY KNOWS
Total Home Workout – A Daily Workout Programme for Total Home Fitness. Just browsing it makes me feel fitter.
Still to read.
WHAT ESKO VALTAOJA KNOWS
A Handbook of Everything. A Finnish astronomer Esko Valtaoja’s manual on all things profound inspired the tagline of this blog. It’s available only in Finnish so you might as well go for its English equivalent…
Facts from another era.
A Short History of Nearly Everything. A crash course on everything from the Big Bang to geology and particle physics. Great read.
WHAT ELIZA SMITH KNEW
The Compleat Housewife, or Accomplish'd Gentlewoman's Companion. This 1727 edition covers recipes, tips for interior design and DIY remedies for smallpox. A homemaker's must.
Books, books, books.
A History of Western Philosophy. And wasn't most of it just references to Plato's works?
WHAT ELISA KNOWS
Absolute Truth, for Beginners. The freshly graduated Elisa becomes a famous scientist's concubine. Her coming-of-age story is my second novel, and I simply loved writing it.
WHAT PELLEGRINO ARTUSI KNEW
Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. Forget all the Nigellas and Jamies of this world and go for the real thing. Artusi's guide, published in 1891, is still the bible of Italian cooking.
Some of my favourite books. Photo by Riitta Sourander.
Encyclopédie. The father of this 18th Century Wikipedia, Diderot wanted to collect everything there is to know about everything. Contains 17 volumes of articles and some 20,000,000 words. Not your typical bedtime reading.
WHAT DOUGLAS ADAMS KNEW
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And in case you've forgotten it, the answer to the ultimate question of life was 42.