ARTS & CULTURE This week we’re reading 1 min ARTS & CULTURE This week we’re reading 1 min The Guilty Feminist Book off the back of the hugely popular podcast, an exposé of the NHS by a junior doctor and a new sci-fi novel for your commute Added on 19.10.18 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn The Guilty Feminist Book off the back of the hugely popular podcast, an exposé of the NHS by a junior doctor and a new sci-fi novel for your commute Deborah Castle is reading… Artemis by Andy Weir Weir's previous hit "The Martian" made me wish I'd done science at school. He made it seem really fun, and even exciting, especially as it could save your life when stranded on Mars. This new offering is a similar story – plucky heroine Jazz has to fight the bad guys and save the inhabitants of the Moon through science. Lots of detail about soldering in a vacuum and eating nutritional algae. It's a quick, untaxing commute read. • BUY Artemis on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Amy Jones is reading… The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White If you're a fan of Deborah Frances-White's incredibly successful podcast, you'll be glad to hear that the book is more of the same. It's a thorough look (it contains interviews with people from lots of different backgrounds and situations) at how to be a better feminist and a better person, but manages to be funny and entertaining, too. At no point does the book feel preachy or holier than thou – quite the opposite, actually – and I really appreciate that it looks at what we can practically do to make things better. • BUY The Guilty Feminist on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Daisy Buchanan is reading… The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers This is a book I perhaps “ought” to have read long ago, but I’m delighted to have discovered it a little later – Carson McCullers builds so many worlds with such astonishing economy. It broke my heart and made me want to be a better human being. It will haunt me forever. It made me feel every bit as sad, elated and astonished as To Kill A Mockingbird did when I was 12, and I think I’ll be revisiting it for years to come. • BUY The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Sam Baker is reading… Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty I read this as a bit of a reprieve after all my Cheltenham Literature Festival reading and oh, my God, what a joy it is. I’d never read any Liane Moriarty before I Big Little Lies and I don’t know what I was thinking. This is brilliantly entertaining, tightly plotted sort-of-but-not-quite thriller, follows the nine strangers of the title as they all head to a health spa for ten days that they are promised will change their life. They have no idea what they’re in for. But you’re in for loads of fun. • BUY Nine Perfect Strangers on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Elaine Robb is reading… This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay You might think you vaguely know how hard people have to work to be a doctor. Well, unless you’ve actually worked as a junior doctor yourself in an NHS hospital in the past 20 years, you literally have NO idea what is expected of the people in whose hands we place our lives. This warts-and-all (no pun intended) exposé of the pressures put upon the medical profession made me wish Adam Kay had written it before the 2016 junior doctors’ strike – because I would have marched with them and done more than press ‘like’ on the Facebook posts of the few doctors I know. It’s essential reading for anyone worried about the future of the NHS (that should be all of us, then). Oh, and it’s brilliantly, darkly funny, too. Everyone – please, please read it. • BUY This Is Going To Hurt on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.