Five favourites: August 2018

Hello and goodbye, August. Although I’m as ready for new stationery and ankle boots as everyone else on Instagram, I’m pleased to have squeezed in a few more summer reads. Scroll for book recommendations and other favourites from the past month.

1. The 7th Function of Language – Laurent Binet

Critical theory meets the detective novel in this translation of the French bestseller. The 7th Function of Language is playful, adventurous and definitely one to read this year. It took me back to the streets of Paris, the bustle of Italy and Tuesday afternoon lectures on Derrida.

Paperback copy of The 7th Function of Language open next to a cup of berry tea on a rustic wooden table

2. My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent

This debut novel is an intense and well-crafted story of survival in Northern California. I admit it sat on my bedside table for a while, but once I picked it up I was absorbed.

3. The Break – Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes’ latest book would be ideal for a beach holiday. I can confirm that it’s equally good read under a blanket while British rain hammers outside.


4. Orange is the New Black

Released last month, season six of OITNB brings familiar and new characters together in Litchfield’s Maximum Security facility. As any fan will expect, the episodes are emotional, entertaining and sometimes gruesome. Danielle Brooks continues to be brilliant.

5. Art inspired by Virginia Woolf

We paid a visit to Pallant House Gallery to see the impressive exhibition centred around themes in Virginia Woolf’s writings. It features 80 female artists, including Vanessa Bell and Barbara Hepworth, alongside quotes and original documents. One personal highlight was a letter from Woolf exclaiming her joy at learning to drive.

Catch the exhibition in Chichester until mid-September or at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, from October – December.

Sunshine streams through a floor to ceiling window at Pallant House Gallery
Sun streaming through a window at Pallant.