26 recommends

In honour of poet Lisel Mueller’s birthday this month, Tim Rich recommends delving into her work.

A few of my 2021 recommendations so far!


The Girl With the Louding Voice – Abi Dare 
Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi
The Water Dancer – Ta Nehisi Coates


The Serpent
It’s a Sin


Elizabeth Day on Adam Buxton’s podcast
Jameela Jamil on “How to Fail”

– Karis Aldridge

I recently discovered literary events company 5×15. They’ve been doing some fantastic Zoom conversations during lockdown – last week I attended one between Max Porter and George Saunders, and next week there’s one coming up featuring Ben Okri. It’s easy to register and you pay what you can afford. Here’s the link to their site.

– Jill Hopper

Anyone seeking relief from the biblical horror show of Trumpian America might re-visit John Updike’s Licks of Love from 2002. These quiet vignettes of white suburbia, as post-war sprawl creeps through NY and Pennsylvania, deliver understated complex plangency. Burgeoning sexual freedoms swell through familial landscapes, nostalgic particulars roll sweetly by.

– Nielsen Dinwoodie

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