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Kindertotenwald, Franz Wright
The Pulitzer-prize winning author – as his father was before him. This is a dark, but beautiful, collection of prose poetry. I’d strongly recommend hearing him read some of the pieces on Youtube. His delivery is unsettling and memorable.
I am, I am, I am, Maggie O’Farrell
As a massive fan of Maggie O’Farrell’s fiction works I thought I should read this book. I am not usually a fan of autobiography, but this book is written in such a unique way. It tells the story of her life in 17 near-death experiences. It is both shocing and heatbreaking. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read her other books. Hopefully you will go on to read her fiction. She is an exceptional author with a fascinating and gripping style of writing. This book is a must read. Enjoy!
The City and the City, China Mieville
The City… is a ‘werid fiction’ novel which spans many genres and successfully transcends them all. It explores themes of otherness and political oppression and is speculative without ego. For fans of Ursula K. LeGuin and Franz Kafka.
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
One Saturday morning I picked up a book – I was about twelve or thirteen – and started laughing within minutes of strating to read. Three Men… still has that affect on me. You, too, I think.
Crossing the Water, Sylvia Plath
A powerful and poignant collection of poetry. For Plath lovers who enjoyed Ariel and Colossus this is one for yor bookshelf! ‘It is like being mailed into space – a thin, silly message.’
Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, Branko Milanovic
Milanovic, a world-leading economist scholar, sets out the findings of his ground-breaking empirical study with – thankfully – crystal clarity. Appropriating and refomulating Kuznet’s Waves, he leads us, via mixed diagramatical metaphor, to an inverse elephant’s trunk and a Global economics connundrum. A Surprising page-turner!
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Necropolis, Ruben Ramirez
A perfectly orchestrated collection of short stories weaved into a narrative, progressively becoming less and less relevant to the ‘plot’ while delicatley framing humanity in a soft and gentle light. Picture Boccacio’s Decameron blended with psychedelic dreaminess; situated in the Middle East.
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The Book of Dust Vol. 1: ‘La Belle Sauvage’, Phillip Pullman
This book takes you back to when Lyra was a baby and the strange events surrounding how she came to lilve in Jordan College. An interesting read with lots of details which might lead into the sequels?! Which continue after the original His Dark Materials. A great excuse to read them again!