Whimsical and full of heart, AWW is a sumptuously sweet offering to creative souls and illustration mavens alike. In a delectable choice of lemon yellow or flamingo pink, with a bouncy icing-white font, AWW’s debut cover has an uncanny resemblance to the humble Battenberg.
A couple of weeks ago I was rushing out the door to get to work. I’m performing the usual wintertime house-exiting routine: dog has his coat on, check. Lights off, check. Heating off, check. Radio off, check. Hang on. The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 is asking ‘What should we be reading if we’re forced to work or quarantine at home?’ I should listen to this.
Every magazine wants to stand out and most will attempt this by trying to offer something new. WM Brown definitely delivers something new but, intriguingly, manages to do so using some very old-fashioned ingredients.
How often are you asked at Christmas, ‘Please don’t buy me anything’. Or you’re invited to an occasion where you feel you should offer a token gift to the host. But what? Food is dangerous because we’re now much more allergy-aware. Alcohol is awkward if the hosts don’t drink. And the safe bet, the book, can come with the slightly oppressive obligation to read it.