Poignant prose, French film and best British novelists. 26 members share their recommendations with you.
A rainy day read
If you’re feeling romantic try The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. Set in Burma between the 1950s and present day, it’s an intriguing story about a NY lawyer who goes missing. When his family start searching they discover a long lost secret life. A box of chocs, a rainy afternoon and this book – all you’ll need!
This is a tremendous romp. Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is strongly reminiscent of classic Jewish American novels of the 60s and 70s like Portnoy’s Complaint and Catch 22. Outrageous, funny, satirical and with enormous pace and vigour. An early contender for a great summer read.
Simon Armitage, Caroline Bird, Simon Munday and Bettany Hughes got under the skin of Homer’s classic myths as part of the Words on Monday series at Kings Place. The audience experienced the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey through the eyes of the expert panel. Find more Poet in the City events here.
Where will you send yours?
Don’t just have an idea, send it on a journey. These beautiful miniature Moleskine postal notebooks are a hybrid between a postcard, an old-fashioned airmail letter and a notepad. Fill them with your thoughts and sketches, then send them to someone who’d appreciate a tangible piece of post. Genius.
I keep scribbling down extracts from Levels of Life, Julian Barnes’ semi-biographical book on ballooning and bereavement. Here’s one of my favourites for your notebooks. ‘You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed.’