What to Read This Month
Did you know that just six minutes of reading can help reduce stress by up to two-thirds? Here, we round up some spotlight must-reads to help get you started.
Smashing It by Sabrina Mahfouz
Working class artists are hugely under-represented in the arts industries, facing extra challenges from unpaid work to prejudice, though they make up a third of the British population. How can we break this cycle of inequality?
Smashing It celebrates the achievements of working-class artists in Britain. Offering guidance and inspiration, leading musicians, playwrights, visual artists, filmmakers and writers share how they overcame obstacles, from the financial to the philosophical, to make it in the arts.
(The Westbourne Press, 03/10/19)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo’s stellar novel uses verse fiction to deftly pen the everyday challenges and lives of twelve very different characters. The venn diagram of Blackness, Britishness, and womxnhood is among its chief topics, though it touches on the lives of almost anyone you can imagine seeing on your way home. A true literary achievement, Girl, Woman, Other has been lauded as ‘vibrantly contemporary…a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.’ We agree!
(Hamish Hamilton, 02/05/2019)
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Waterstone Book of the Year 2019, Queenie explores mental illness, race, class, and consent through the narrative of the gripping eponymous character, Queenie Jenkins. Queenie is at many times a very difficult and emotional read, but having the imperfect yet loveable Jenkins on bookshelves is all too important. Everything else aside, Queenie is a page turner, and you’ll be rooting for Jenkins long after you finish reading the final page.
(Orion Publishing, 11/04/2019)
It’s Not Okay To Feel Blue (And Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis
A very honest collection of writing on mental health and mental illness, It’s Not Okay To Feel Blue (And Other Lies) brings together more than 70 people to share their experiences. From Sam Smith and Emilia Clarke to Robert Kazandjian and Kai-Isaiah Jamal, this anthology aims to highlight the often hidden challenges and illnesses we all may face in life. Edited by Scarlett Curtis, English writer and activist.
(Penguin Books, 03/10/2019)