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A hilarious critique of America’s booming Happiness industry, Akhil Sharma's Life Of Adventure and Delight, and Ice by Anna Kavan

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A hilarious critique of America’s booming Happiness industry, Akhil Sharma's Life Of Adventure and Delight, and Ice by Anna Kavan

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  • Lauren Laverne is reading…The Pursuit of Happiness by Ruth whippman

    A smart, insightful and at times hilarious critique of America’s booming “Happiness industry”, covering everything from social media and positive psychology to Mormonism. You might not end up happy but you’ll be glad you read it.​​
    • BUY The Pursuit of Happiness on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Anna James is reading… Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

    I'm currently reading the mad and lovely new book by Nick Harkaway. As of page 133 of 684 it's already taken in a future Britain where a benign all-knowing surveillance system manages everything and everyone, Greece in the aftermath of the banking crisis as a millionaire is haunted by a shark, and we've just jumped back to Roman north Africa where the spurned mistress of a saint has been kidnapped. I've had to look up several words and Google many Greek myths but if you enjoy books that really reward extra attention – things like The Luminaries or Ali Smith - then this is a wildly ambitious, blackly funny trip of a novel. I have no idea where it's going to go next but the blurb promises "a sociopathic human intelligence from the future falling backwards in time to conduct four assassinations" so I have high hopes.
    ​​• BUY Gnomon on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Gerry Anyanwu is reading… A Life Of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma

    This book of short stories is based on Indian culture and how that mixes with the modern western society. The writing is very simple but covers some complex emotional relationships, the only issue I have with it is that each story ends before you know what has happened to the protagonist. I am on the third of five stories and, though it provides an interesting view of how first generation families manage to bridge the gap between their parents and their current culture, I’m frustrated that I never get to find out what happens.
    ​​• BUY A Life Of Adventure and Delight on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Kat Lister is reading… Ice by Anna Kavan

    “There is nothing quite like Ice,” Doris Lessing once quipped after reading Anna Kavan’s 1967 proto-feminist dystopian novel. Halfway through this frozen fairytale, I’m inclined to agree with her. Why is apocalyptic ice engulfing this post-nuclear world? And who is the ghostly, silver-haired nymph at its core, evading the men who seek to control her? This one sent a chill down my spine from the very first page.
    ​​• BUY Ice on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Sam Cocker is reading… The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

    I've been intending to read a Jo Nesbo book since before Nordic noir was a thing but I didn't get round to it until I saw Michael Fassbender had taken on the role of Harry Hole in what I was expecting to be a brilliant adaptation of the book (side note: do not go and see the film – it's awful). The opening of The Snowman sets a sinister tone for the rest of the book which is deliberately confusing at the start. When the main plot kicks in, a tension descends as a mysterious murderer builds a snowman at the site of abductions of seemingly innocent mothers. Harry Hole is a great central character desperate to work out what links these missing women and he uses his instinct to guide him through various diverting/distracting subplots which means you're kept guessing about the identity of the snowman until the very end.
    ​​• BUY The Snowman on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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