February was a vintage month for books. The best run I’ve had in a long, long time. Any of these are thoroughly worth picking up.
Recommended by: @photogirl_uk as the first book of the London Book Club, bought as a second-hand copy from Amazon
Read: 7 – 13 Feb
Set in a dystopian, totalitarian, theocratic future, where women are subjugated, reduced to nothing more than their fertility. Beautifully, beautifully crafted; engaging; and chilling. Brilliant. Highly deserving of its literary prize nominations / awards.
7. Title: The Last Girlfriend on Earth
Author: Simon Rich
Recommended by: @meganjgibson after I said I loved his New Yorker pieces, and bought from Amazon
Read: 13 – 15 Feb
Just superb, quite frankly. A collection of short sketches on the theme of love. If you don’t kill yourself laughing at Unprotected, the life and times of a condom, you don’t have a sense of humour. Glorious.
Author: Susan Hill
Recommended by: Given to me by @owlsandflowers as a birthday present
Read: 16 – 23 Feb
Being an enormous wuss, this ghost story something I’d ever have picked up for myself, but the person I got it from has an excellent track record with book recommendations, so who was I to argue? It’s by Susan Hill, so the writing is predictably brilliant and eerie and evocative and sends you straight back to Gothic England. The length of time it took me to read this belies the fact it’s quite a skinny little thing, and whilst it isn’t quite as spine-chillingly terrifying as her better-know Woman in Black, it’s still plenty scary that I refused to read it before I went to sleep.
Author: Nora EphronRecommended by: everyone when it was announced Ephron had died. A Christmas present from Ma Blonde.
Read: 23 - 27 Feb
“Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.”
“If only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you’re ahead of the game.”
“Everything is copy.”
I can’t begin to tell you how utterly brilliant this book is. I think I might just start to live my life by it, word for gloriously chosen word. Buy it, read it for yourself. Love it.