As a card-carrying member of the “I Take History Seriously” Team, I’ve gained a reputation for my love of miserabilist non-fiction. From How Europe Underdeveloped Africa all the way to Late Victorian Holocausts (an actual book title!), if there’s been a vaguely depressing title to read, I’ve sought it out.
But I’ve decided to start a clean slate as of this moment: I’m reviewing something contemporary(!), fictional(!!) AND only partially depressing(!!!). And what could be a better fit with those three qualities than Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under.
On a dark and blustery night, with nary a Christmas twinkle to be seen, our readers came out in force for an superbly rejuvenating Readers’ Salon (the first of the year).
There were some tremendous recommendations from some new faces and regulars, plus a spirited discussion on various topics, including (but not limited to) the size of Africa, the dispiriting effect of small town support for their local sports teams, Irish historical accuracy from British correspondents and the annoyance of writing supplementary novels in the footnotes.
Braving the suddenly biting cold of a November night in Edinburgh, our readers came out in force to let us know what they were reading as the days turn short and dark.
From excellent non-fiction recommendations to metamorphic classics to bizarre and hilarious fiction via an exploration of psychopaths in literature, we had a really wonderful time. We hope that the books listed below give you a flavour of the vibe from Readers’ Salon, as well as prompting more inspiration for your own winter reading! Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)