Tsar Nicholas II had Faberge Easter eggs. Rap stars have Cristal. My idea of extravagance, however, is ordering three books off the Quaker bookshop ‘Books of the Month’ list rather than limiting myself to one choice. Hardly hedonistic, but it felt so indulgent. And the large parcel containing the three books that arrived today looked indulgent, all my new treats swaddled lovingly in bubblewrap. And to balance the three books, I’m now having a third moment of indulgence: in bed at 9pm, to wallow decadently in the world of my new books. Heaven, as Belinda Carlisle rightly declared, is a place on earth.

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