Hello, book lovers.
My name is Sonya Gellert, and I’m a book-sniffing addict from Brisbane who lives in London.
At this very moment, I write to you from inside an impenetrable fortress built from the paperbacks, magazines and hardcover tomes I’ve collected over the years – stacked in precariously high piles that threaten to crush me at any sudden movement. I’m imprisoned by a dangerous game of paper-based Jenga, but strangely contented by the situation.
It all started in the 1990s – when I learnt to read – with the likes of Roald Dahl and The Baby Sitters Club lining my bookshelves. Sadly, my lust for printed matter has only grown stronger since.
I’m no elitist reader; you’ll often find me cradling reading materials that critics might describe as trash. And, I’m just as happy turning the pages of a cookbook or lifestyle digest as I am a pleasingly wordy novel.
My steadfast infatuation with published works has led me to graduate from a master’s degree on the topic (a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing) and co-start a magazine for young people who seek not to keep up with the Kardashians (littleWren magazine). These days I spend my weekdays editing, writing and sometimes taste-testing, for Rachel Khoo at Khoollect.
Shelf Esteem is a space in which I can unburden my brain of its book-related thoughts; and exists mostly to rescue my husband, friends, family and colleagues from the anguish of hearing me speak about what I’m reading for hours on end.
If you’d like to reach me, or suggest ways to help me escape this prison of books, please email hellosonyagellert(at)gmail(dot)com, or fasten a handwritten note to a carrier pigeon and hope for good weather.
[Please note: any particularly good photos you see on this site are snapped by my talented friend, Lara Messer.]