I think the book is telling me to believe in myself, to think at a higher-than-average level, and to not get bogged down with petty things. Ideal holiday reading. My own summer holiday will be spent in Sweden doing research for a book.
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It made me laugh, think and cry. It did exactly what memoirs ought to do: made me want to rush straight back to her fiction. They publish so much clever, challenging and fascinating stuff. Corbin writes sparely, beautifully and with an exquisite fastidiousness about, well… something and nothing: quiet. I intend to consume all three of the above, at home or on trains, in an atmosphere of gentle reverence.
Another that had me in its grip, due to her insightful and direct voice, was Kudos Faber by Rachel Cusk. Cusk has a piercing intellect but demonstrates it through perspicacity, not by showing off on the page. I came to the graphic memoir Persepolis Pantheon by Marjane Satrapi via my year-old daughter.
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It is set in Iran around the Islamic revolution when the author is We accompany her through her gradual awakening to politics, love, oppression and the complexity of families — and her drawings are enchanting. Ponti Picador by Sharlene Teo is a sultry, hilarious dissection of mother-daughter relationships, and the effect of time and teenagehood on friendships, against the backdrop of Singapore B-movies. It oozes confidence. Not so much about how to be a poet as how to be in a poem, or even be a poem, it also works as a great book about music.
The book gives you an insight into the intelligent, passionate woman that Angelou undoubtedly is. I have a really old library copy. As a Jamaican woman, that was really exciting. It follows three women: two sisters and their mum. The older sister is navigating sexuality and being a queer woman, the younger is battling identity, being a darker-skinned girl, bleaching.
Both are wonderful in so many ways. I came away laden with books and have already finished three of them.
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Holidays may be about escapism, but this fly-on-the-wall unravelling of the election is car-crash exhilarating. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Oneworld is a great, big, roaring Ugandan epic that follows the trials and tribulations of the Kintu clan from the s to today. It is a glorious evocation of the rhythm and dynamism of an English woodland, connecting us to a much longer timeframe: a needed balance to the working, urban lives most of us have.
It is a book of our times, not least because it reminds us that current issues of gender, race and power have been being contested, here in incandescent and penetrating prose and poetry, since the s. I will be spending my summer break being very quiet indeed in the Kent countryside. It maps a secret world, and made me want to live outdoors, at least for a summer. A new complete collection will be published later this month translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson.
Visit guardianbookshop. What books are you reading this summer? From Pulitzer prize-winners to Penguin classics, poetry anthologies to the latest page-turners, here are the books to take to the beach this summer Illustrations by Leon Edler If you only read one book this summer … make it this one Part one: Hilary Mantel, Yuval Noah Harari, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more share their summer reads. Main image: Illustration by Leon Edler.
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