July has passed quickly. I’ve been working on new projects, finishing my MA dissertation and roasting on commuter trains. At the same time, I’m trying to savour pockets of rest, space to make decisions and the light, long days while they’re here. Read on for this month’s recommendations.
1. Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
Everything I Know About Love is the bestselling memoir by journalist Dolly Alderton. Hailed as a must-read for women in their twenties, the book recounts tales of early relationships, self-discovery, heartbreak and the joys of close friendship.
2. Wish You Were Here – Graham Swift
Set in the South West of England in 2006, Swift’s novel centres on the death of a British soldier in Iraq – a personal tragedy interlinked with rural and national anxieties. I was given an old charity shop copy, but a new edition is out now.
3. Getting There – Jo Lathwood at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
A friend and I went to Fabrica during the construction phase of Jo Lathwood’s exhibition, which aims to tell the story of a journey on one spot. Visit between 4th and 19th August to ascend the purpose-built staircase and touch the ceiling.
4. High As Hope – Florence + the Machine
This new album is a dreamy accompaniment to slow weekend cooking (and kitchen dancing, if you’re so inclined).
A fun, moving show with a sparkling cast and costumes. The second season is on Netflix now.