What I’ve Been Reading Recently – Nicole
This month I’ve been enjoying lots of compelling non-fiction, including essays by Alexander Chee and the ever-reliably brilliant Joan Didion, but the big shout-out has to go to Sam Mills’ articulate and necessary essay Chauvo-Feminism, which has been a big hit with several of the Mr B’s team.
In terms of new and upcoming fiction, I’m really looking forward to His Only Wife, a tale of a young woman discovering her own voice amidst a complicated marriage and overbearing families in modern Ghana. Absorbing and surprisingly funny, it reminded me hugely of Ayobami Adebayo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, two of my all-time favourite writers. I’m also excited for Permafrost, a bitingly satirical and darkly comic novella by Catalan author Eva Baltasar (and translated by Julia Sanches, who is soon to feature on the Mr B’s podcast!).
The dreamlike, impressionistic We Are Not in the World by Conor O’Callaghan was another hit and totally different to what I was expecting. In place of a gritty road-trip novel through the underbelly of France, I found a painfully poignant and haunting story of love and loss, peeled back slowly in layers of half-conversations which bleed into memories. At times almost entirely opaque, it was also an incredibly lyrical and memorable slow-burner of a novel.
All books on this list
- His Only WifePeace Adzo Medie£14.99
- Chauvo-FeminismSam Mills£7.99
- PermafrostEva Baltasar, Julia Sanches£10.00
- How to Write an Autobiographical NovelAlexander Chee£12.99
- Slouching Towards BethlehemJoan Didion£8.99
- Kololo HillNeema Shah£14.99
- We Are Not in the WorldConor O'Callaghan£14.99
- Open WaterCaleb Azumah Nelson£12.99