Christmas Comforts: Andi Osho

Continuing in our Christmas Comforts blog series, this week we have Andi Osho author of Asking for A FriendIn this post she talks about her comfort read Big Magic, and how it inspires her…


Andi Osho’s Christmas Comfort: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’re a creative and even if you’re not, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray Love) is an enchanting Christmas read. As the nights draw in, our attention always turns to the approaching festive season. However, these winter months are also a time of reflection. It’s a chance to celebrate our successes. It’s chance to evaluate our failures. It gives us a chance to look ahead at what we’d like to achieve in the coming year (if you’re like me, hugging again would be a great start!).

For any artist embarking on a project whatever it’s scale or ambition, and in whatever field, Big Magic is the perfect companion. It’s a calming voice that encourages. It is practical, honest and injected with a joy and lightness that soothes fears. Big Magic also eases the handwringing that can often accompany artistic endeavours. Its funny, inspiring stories and anecdotes resonated so much. It reminded me that, though being a creative can feel lonely, I’m not alone. I learned that no matter our level of accomplishment, there’s always more to learn. Equally, no matter the limits of our experience, we all have much to offer.

Even if you’re simply seeking some end-of-year encouragement (and who doesn’t need that after the twelve months we’ve had!), Big Magic is a delightful, easy read. It will leave you inspired and raring to step towards whatever creative adventure awaits.


Andi Osho’s hilarious and uplifting debut novel Asking for a Friend is out February 2021. You can pre-order the book from your local independent,, Hive, Waterstones and Amazon.

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