The Running in High Heels Book Club

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I do a lot of driving for my job, and though it can be tiring at times, I quite enjoy the hours I spend in the car. In fact, I’ve really grown to love that time alone, lost in my thoughts.

So to keep this time interesting and stimulating, I listen to audiobooks… (Don’t worry, I also listen to trashy radio and lots of music!)

Big Magic is one of the books I’ve listened to on some of my long drives. And I loved it!

I want what I listen to, to be enchanting, interesting, and pleasurable. And this book is exactly that for me. So good in fact, that I’ve just finished listening to it for a second time. It is the audio version of chocolate and red wine, with a splash of chilli to keep things interesting!

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Now, it may contain some of my favourite things: it is a book about living a creative life, about pursuing your curiosities. And because she is a writer, I guess it has really inspired me and challenged me about something I have always loved and wish everyday to do more of. So perhaps this book is right up my alley is what I’m trying to say.

But it is not just for the writers or budding writers out there. It is for anyone who wishes to pursue their creative interests, who wishes to be inspired. And I’m pretty sure that even if you don’t think you have a creative interest or curiosity, by listening to or reading this book, you might just uncover one.

The book also speaks to my romantic and pragmatic self – a little bit of creative licence and magic, combined with a no-nonsense, grounded in common sense approach. My combination entirely. (I’ll never forget that someone once astutely reflected that I was an interesting mix of both the practical and romantic).

Elizabeth Gilbert appeals to both these sides in me. Plus, listening to her love of words, her enthusiasm, her use of language and way of creating images and a story is pleasurable and enchanting.

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Perhaps it has come at the right time in my life – I do believe that about books. It is, as with most things in life, about timing. You can read a book at a certain point in your life, and it has a deep affect on you, and if you try it another time, it may not hold the same capacity to draw you in.

So anyway, back from my whimsical musings – this book perhaps came at the right time for me… So I pass it on to you. Perhaps it’ll come at the right time for you too. And open something up in your heart and mind that will reinforce what you already know, to help you dare to dream just that little bit more.

Who is it for?

Anyone looking for some creative inspiration and some big magic in their creative lives!

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About the author:

Well known for her travel memoir, Eat Pray Love, a book and film, I don’t care how may people think is cheesy, I still really enjoy. Especially for the music and the quotes: ‘But what if I lose my balance?’ ‘Sometimes, to lose balance for love, is part of living a balanced life, Liz ’ – Katut.

How is it told?

She uses stories, anecdotes and analogies, woven through the chapters and topics of the book, which are creatively told, with a beautiful voice. As I said, audio pleasure.

The last word…

I pass on something to you I have truly enjoyed (twice!). I hope it sparks your imagination, and that ideas and inspiration choose to enter into contract with you. I hope you have a secret love affair with your creativity and seduce the big magic, with stubborn gladness of course 😉

Do you have a book that you’ve recently read that you would recommend to the RIHH book club? I would love to hear about it as I’m always looking for new and interesting things to read/listen to! Email me at: