This week we’re reading...


This week we’re reading...

Books about hair, walking, and the sea. The Pool are a very varied bunch.

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Books about hair, walking, and the sea. The Pool are a very varied bunch.

  • Sam Baker is rereading… Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    I’m ashamed to say that I was late to the Cheryl Strayed fan club. Put off, a bit, by the fact Oprah had championed her memoir, Wild, I just assumed it was cut from the same cloth as Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love (beloved by many, just not my personal cup of tea). How wrong can you be? Wild is a ballsy brutal tale of a modern messed up woman and her journey - both physical (entirely alone, Strayed hiked 1100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave desert to Oregon) and emotional, after the death of her mother from lung cancer at just 45 totally derailed her. I read it again at the weekend because I was lucky enough to be interviewing Strayed (watch this space) and was blown away all over again by her warmth, wisdom and radical honesty. • BUY Wild on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Frankie Graddon is reading… Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

     I had no idea that a non-fiction book about hair could be quite so fascinating. From human hair nets to religious relics to fetish items, Tarlo explores what happens to hair when it is no longer attached to your head. Warning: you will never look at a trip to the hairdressers in the same way again. • BUY Entanglement: The Secret Lives Of Hair on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Alex Heminsley is reading… The Book of Tides by William Thomson

     I took a look at the The Book of Tides (Quercus) in the spirit of research for my own book, but ended up spending a happy weekend engrossed by William Thomson's beautiful, ingenious illustrations explaining mysteries of the tides in this country. Whether you're a paddle boarder, a swimmer or just a seaside geek with a taste for great design, this gorgeous book will have something for you.  • BUY The Book Of Tides on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

    I say reading. It's an audiobook, and the voice actress, Patrice O’Neill, is so talented, that it's almost like getting a whole extra Marilyn Monroe performance right in your ears. It's a wonderfully funny book, one that is as entertaining as it is political: one minute Lorelai Lee is talking about jewellery, the next she's attacking censorship. It's a rare example of how when good satire is really good, you don't even notice. You just question everything around you. • BUY Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Amazon.

  • Emily Baker is reading… The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

    I adored McBride's first novel, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, even if it is a bit depressing. There are similar themes in the new book, though they take a backseat, as the main focus is the relationship between the protagonist Eily and a much older man with a dark past. McBride writes in such a visceral way that I had to take a break sometimes and the prose is a challenge, but it's definitely worth it. • BUY The Lesser Bohemians on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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