ARTS & CULTURE

This week we're reading

ARTS & CULTURE

This week we're reading

An anthology of women's visceral bodily stories, a guide to reading without prejudice and an expose from the man who tried to take down the Russian government

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An anthology of women's visceral bodily stories, a guide to reading without prejudice and an expose from the man who tried to take down the Russian government

  • Daisy Buchanan is reading… The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

    I just interviewed Andy for my podcast, You’re Booked - he is one of the most voracious readers I’ve ever met but the book is about a period of his life where, even though he was working in publishing as an editor, he fell out of love with reading, and forced himself to read everything from Anna Karenina and Moby Dick to the Davinci Code in order to fall back in. It is charming, touching, honest and extremely funny - he writes about books confidently and without any dissembling - it’s a guide to reading without prejudice or pretentiousness and it’s a real love letter to books. I have promised myself that I’m going to read Anna Karenina next - that’s the power of the book!

    • BUY The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Vic Parsons is reading… I'm Afraid Of Men by Vivek Shraya

    From being bullied for being "too feminine" as a kid to being attacked for not being feminine enough as a woman, this short but deeply reflective book about femininity, toxic masculinity and gender is a moving read. My housemate left this on the sofa and I read it in one quick go – would make a nice gift...

    • BUY I'm Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… Edith's Diary - Patricia Highsmith

    The weather is getting colder, making it a great time to stay in with the twisted psychological terror of Patricia Highsmith's horrible mind. Edith's Diary is different to Strangers on a Train or The Talented Mr Ripley in that there aren't a lot of high-wire hijinks or nail-biting cat-and-mouse games, and is more of a quiet suburban novel about a family of well-behaved liberals who move to suburbia with their young son. Despite the comparatively lower stakes, it's still a tense, gripping read about the gap between who you are and who you think you should be.

    • BUY Edith's Diary by Patricia Highsmith on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Lauren Bravo is reading… A Girl's Guide To Personal Hygiene by Tallulah Pomeroy

    I’m currently engrossed by this gleefully gross, gorgeously illustrated anthology of women's most visceral bodily stories. Collected by artist Pomeroy in a kind of anonymous shame amnesty, these are snapshots of female anatomy "as far away from the male gaze as it is possible to get". Earwax, pubes, poo; you name it, she's got a story for every crevice. The effect is as subversive as it is silly.

    • BUY A Girl's Guide to Personal Hygeine by Tallulah Pomeroy on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • KELLY MASKELL IS READING... Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy BY BILL BROWDER

    I am not sure where my niche obsession for Russian espionage began, but Red Notice seemed to deliver everything I didn’t know I wanted – and more. Bill Browder takes you through a terrifying but exhilarating personal account of how he was targeted by Putin and his KGB friends after his then Lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered after discovering the corruption within finance in Russia. Murder, corruption, espionage and an interpol warrant for his arrest, Browder underestimated Putin and his vicious influence. After the Salisbury nerve agent attack next to my home town, I can’t help but feel somehow connected to these stories as the themes continue to play out closer and closer to home. *Wipes front door handle* 

    • BUY Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No.1 Enemy by Bill Browder on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

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