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REAL living a balanced life

There are books, and there are beautiful books. There are books that entertain; and those which change your direction, inform your life's decisions. This book is the latter.

A former fashion editor, Victoria Alexander has worked in many creative fields, with three other books already to her credit. In Real she seeks to challenge our preconceptions and biases, raising the concept that we are more like our fellow citizens on the planet than we might think.

Through her innovative and perceptive images, taken in 27 countries, she prompts us to look around and acknowledge the connections we all have and which can too readily be overlooked in the busyiness of modern life. She urges readers to recognise the agelessness of integrity; to value the dignity in small things; and to appreciate both the imperfect and the possibility of creating beauty.

In Real, Alexander has certainly created a beautiful yet unusual book, the ideal 'coffee table book' left open toe be read and learned from daily. As an extra measure, she has included a comprehensive 'What's Real?' dictionary and a unique detachable poster. 

Filled with maxims, exhortations to see beyond the surface, and some of the most evocative and sensitive photography you'll ever see, this is a book to buy for your own personal journey, and also to share with those you love best.

 

Real: living a balanced life, words and pictures by Victoria Alexander, published by Murdoch Books, 2015, hardcover, rrp A$59.99. ISBN: 978 17433 61153.

 

- reviewed by Sally Hammond

 

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