Need a dose of inspiration? 3 books that will help you banish the blah

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Blah, blah, blah - and on and on it goes. . .  For many people 2020 can't end fast enough. If you're feeling tired and fed up, these books will help lift your spirits.

One is a book about a man who did what many dream of doing: escaping to France and buying a château. Another is a guide to living life on your own terms and ditching all the negative habits that are holding you back, and the third is a witty and wise collection of poetry by Barbara Kingsolver, author of the much loved The Poisonwood Bible. All three books have one thing in common: they're guaranteed to help you banish the blah.

Unfu*ck Yourself Unf*ck the World By Kagiso Msiman
Unfu*ck Yourself Unf*ck the World By Kagiso Msimango Melinda Ferguson Books

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a book with "f*ck" in the title is guaranteed to be a bestseller. Or that's what writers seem to believe. But in the case of Kagiso Msimango's new offering, the colourful title does give readers an indication of what to expect. The way the life coach and energy healer sees it, everything is "f*cked"- our planet, leaders, relationships, food systems as well as our hearts, health, minds and spirits.

Crippled by burnout and with mainstream healing methods failing to do anything to help, Kagiso, who is the author of the bestselling The Goddess Bootcamp, embarked on a journey that was going to transform her life. In this new book she shares the lessons she learnt that helped her to ditch all the beliefs, behaviours and internal blockages that were were quite literally making her sick.  

 Almost French By Louis Jansen van Vuuren Jonathan
Almost French By Louis Jansen van Vuuren Jonathan Ball

It sounds like the script of a movie: moving to France and buying a dilapidated château and transforming it into a much-loved hotel. For 20 years, Louis Jansen van Vuuren and his partner, Hardy Olivier, have hosted people from all over the world at Château de la Creuzette in the little village of Boussac. 

In this memoir the South African shares some entertaining tales about their ambitious renovation project, amorous guests, highbrow countesses, snooty waiters and numrous faux pas with the French language. A mixed in with all of this are delectable morsels about the country's food and drink which will have you salivating. Francophiles will devour every word.

How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) By Barba
How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) By Barbara Kingsolver

She's best known for her novels like The Poisonwood Bible but Barbara Kingsolver is also a talented poet. This is actually her second anthology and it contains many of the same ingredients as her fiction - the love of nature and that incisive way of looking at people and relationships.

The collection starts off with a series of witty and wise How To poems which cover everything from How To Sheer a Sheep to, How To Have a Child to How To Do Absolutely Nothing. There are also poems about about her travels around Italy, poems about her relationships with family members and poems about life, love and death and everything in between.

Fans will love this chance to get a closer look at what makes this brilliant writer tick.

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