Every week we invite someone from the creative industries to share a rundown of their five favourite books in the whole ruddy world, which have inspired, excited or educated them.

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    Sarah Illenberger is one of the finest cross-disciplinary maker-doers out there; her own brand of singular image-making embodying all sorts of handiwork from collage to embroidery, meticulously arranged into charming still lifes. This week she is sharing her very bright bookshelf with us and we couldn’t be happier…

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    Like all good purveyors of fast (soul)food should, the Poetry Takeaway serves up made-to-order and digestible poems to the “hungry yet discerning literary consumer.” Among its rotating kitchen of poetry chefs is creator Tim Clare, a writer and stand-up poet who can be seen on his bio page comparing head-size to a ukulele which we must assume he also plays. Tim will be found touring in the next few months with his How To Be A Leader show – and so will the Poetry Takeaway! – but right now, we welcome him to our Bookshelf slot…

  3. Bompaspar-list

    In the best pun I could think of, Bompas & Parr – food revolutionaries with a taste for historical recipes and presentation sui generis – are positively feeding us one of the most illuminating collections of Bookshelf yet. It’s gastronomically-themed, albeit with one slight (highly relevant) diversion as they take us through their latest literary-inspired project featuring a giant chocolate climbing wall and Peter Andre. Here they are, doing a much better job of introducing themselves…

  4. List-achim-borchardt-humebookshelf

    In this, London’s very “olympic” year, the cultural games played out by the top galleries is quietly being lead by their curators. It’s a critical responsibility and so it makes sense that those behind the galleries programmes of big name retrospectives with their blockbusting four-hour-queues, are some very skilled and very qualified lot, not least, the Whitechapel Gallery’s chief curator, Achim Borchardt-Hume.

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    A Royal College of Art graduate who has since returned there to teach, Michael Marriott is a designer who’s brilliantly functional work leans toward the enormous potential of a ready made – their uses, misuses, function and disfunction as originals and within his own designs. Covering furniture, product and curatorial design, his practice is also about the conversations that surround his discipline, and so he has written, exhibited and of course, taught the idea of making as a mode for thought. As The London Design Festival wraps up, Marriott has provided five books that go a little further in illuminating his own motivations as a designer…

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