ARTS & CULTRE

This week we're reading

ARTS & CULTRE

This week we're reading

An introspective book from the co-creator of Broad City, a Pulitzer Prize-winning tale about a widower and a memoir about growing up as a Mormon fundamentalist

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An introspective book from the co-creator of Broad City, a Pulitzer Prize-winning tale about a widower and a memoir about growing up as a Mormon fundamentalist

  • Sam Baker is reading… Educated by Tara Westover

    First up, a confession: I’m not actually reading this right now, but I *have* read it (twice) and, since it’s just come out in paperback and I loved it so much, I want everyone to read it. Born in Idaho, to Mormon fundamentalist parents with a deep distrust of pretty much everything outside their community, this is the compulsive story of how, having never set foot in a classroom until the age of 17, she studied her way to a new life. I might almost go so far as to say it’s my book of the year, so far, and, since it’s November, that’s a biggie.
    • BUY Educated by Tara Westover or pop in to your local bookshop. 

  • Daisy Buchanan is reading.. I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson

    I LOVE Jacobson's sitcom, Broad City, and I was expecting that this book was going to be laugh-out-loud silly - but it's much quieter, more meditative and introspective, while still having some extremely funny moments. Jacobson writes about the end of a relationship and the feeling that you think you've finally reached adulthood, only to have the rug pulled out from under you. I love her honesty, her attention to tiny detail and the way she talks about how pain might be transformative, but sometimes it's just bloody painful. Also, her illustrations are adorable.
    • BUY I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson or pop in to your local bookshop. 

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

    It's not everyday you find a Pulitzer prize-winning novel in the Deptford Poundland, but here we are. This wintry tale is about a widower and failed newspaper man, Quoyle, making his home in New Foundland. Honestly, this is one of the strangest, most original books I've ever read, and the prose is so dense with playful language that you have to follow each line with a pencil to make sure you don't miss anything.
    • BUY The Shipping News by Annie Proulx or pop in to your local bookshop. 

  • Frankie Graddon is reading… The Lido by Libby Page

    I'd recommend this if you are looking for a gentle, feel-good read. Set in London's Brixton, the story revolves around local journalist Kate and long-time resident, Rosemary, who's stories intertwine when their beloved Lido comes under threat of closure. The two women embark on a mission to save the swimming pool, rallying community support and uncovering a host of memories along the way. While the storyline is very sweet, the real gem is the depiction of the relationship between Rosemary and her late husband, George. I defy these chapters, full of old-school romance and nostalgia, to not make you cry – at least once.
    • BUY The Lido by Libby Page or pop in to your local bookshop. 

  • Emily Baker is reading… Cunk on Everything by Philomena Cunk

    This book is absolutely stupid – and if you know the work of Philomena Cunk, you'll understand that this is exactly what makes it so hilarious. A character created by Black Mirror-creator Charlie Brooker and his collaborators, Cunk has presented a series of insightful documentaries over the years, and has now decided to collate what she's learned in a book about, well, everything. From the Large Hadron Collander to The Black Death ("not a metaphorical plague like a metaphorical plague, but an actual plague, made of plague"), there's nothing you won't understand after a quick flick through Cunk's encyclopedia. Extra points are awarded for some top notch Brexit jokes, too.
    • BUY Cunk On Everything by Philomena Cunk or pop in to your local bookshop. 

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