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Spindle's Literary Suggestions

Sunday 20 February 2011
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Spindle gives you an insight into a world of inspired inkings… these are the books you should be reading!

Lana@Spindle Magazine:

‘Lucky Kunst: The rise and fall of the Young British Art Scene’ Gregor Muir

A firsthand account by friend/cling on Gregory Muir, who watched the rise of the notoriously uncouth YBA reach fever pitch in the 90s. It details everything you expect to hear about the debauched lives of the artists involved in this London movement – Hirst, Emin, Lucas, Taylor-wood and the Chapman brothers are all part of the cast as are sex, drugs and dead animals.

‘The Bell Jar’ Sylvia Plath

A thinly veiled autobiographical account of Plaths tragic life and struggle with mental illness under the guise of scholarly poet Esther Greenwood. After reading this, indulge in a Sylvia Plath fest by also reading ‘The Life and Death of Sylvia Plath’, she gives the phrase ‘tortured artist’ a new meaning.

‘Veronika decides to die’ Paulo Coelho

Yet another example of Coelho’s ability to produce beautifully moralistic tales whilst avoiding cliché. This put’s life in a whole new perspective; take a journey with the protagonist and you will appreciate life as you know it, not as you dream it to be.

‘The Shadow of the Wind’ Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of those words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover or how much we learn or forget—we will return. For me, those enchanted pages will always be the ones I found among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.”

A book about a book, a piece of unforgettable fiction- I can guarantee you will not be able to put it down, the intensity burns the pages as you read. The plot is a successful amalgamation of genres; fantasy, thriller, love story, horror, coming of age saga, it was gut-wrenching to reach the last page.

‘The Wasp Factory’ Iain Banks

Just so fantastically disturbed.

Thomas@Spindle Magazine:

‘Howards End’ E.M Forster
There’s nothing more nourishing for the soul than Forster. Howards End is a tale of two families – the industrialist Wilcoxes and the artistic Schlegels – and how they represent the two extremes of society that should reconcile and connect to make a sustainable world. ‘Though proportion is the final secret, to espouse it at the outset is to ensure sterility’

‘The Hours’ Michael Cunningham
A stream of conciousness novel modelled on Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs  Dalloway’, The Hours tells the story of three women in three different time periods, linked by their growing desperation and their connection to Woolf’s novel. Despite dealing with depression, abandonment and suicide, The Hours is actually an uplifting meditation on the beauty of life and why it is worth living.

Hugo@Spindle Magazine:

‘Brave New World’ Aldous Huxley

Possibly the best ever novel ever written, from zippicamiknicks to the representations of the three main evils of man, this book could not show you are better picture of the world we live in.

‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ Lewis Carroll

My favourite children’s book, on par with Alice’s Adventures: Through the Looking Glass. I forever long for a life in which I drink tea with rabbits and royalty in fabulous clothes.

‘Blow by Blow’ (The story of Isabella Blow) Detmar Blow with Tom Sykes

Since the days of my parents cutting the clippings of this exotic beast out of the newspapers for me, I have had a fascination with Isabella Blow. Written by her husband it beautifully accounts the life of macabre glamour of a beyond amazing woman and of course, fashion pioneer.

‘Hammer’ (A novel of the Victorian Underworld) Sara Stockbridge

Showing that picking up a book by its cover works, this novel by Vivienne Westwoods iconic muse has you gripped to every page in a tale of lust and dark desires in the dark and dirty East End underworld.

‘The Wallace Collection’ Stephen Duffy, David Edge and Esme West

Perhaps not a novel, this book will forever inspire me at any point in my life. The Wallace Collection is my favourite ever gallery containing 18th century French decadence, from Madame du Pompadours tea trays and risqué portrait of her exposing herself on a swing to the hidden toilette mirrors of Madame Du Barry by André Charles Boulle, it is a hidden piece of Versailles in London……in a book……

Reader Suggestions

‘Beside Myself’ Antony Sher

Hilarious, Camp, Jewish Genius! A real Darling!!!’

Mark Rainford

‘Choke’ Chuck Palahniuk

‘Psychology, sex addiction, US morality, history, rock n roll, family madness. Hilarious. Poignant. Filthy’.

Graham Levett ?

‘Moab is my Washpot’ Stephen Fry

‘Because he is an absolute genius!’

Ellie Eastwood

?‘A heartbreaking work of staggering genius’ Dave Eggers

‘My favourite book and author ever, actually lives up to it’s title!’

Rosamund Picton

?‘Wouldn’t it be nice’ Brian Wilson

‘Wilson’s Autobiography. It is fucking nuts and brilliant!’

Nick Sheldon