Summer Reading

Ash before Oak  - Jeremy Cooper

Ash before Oak - Jeremy Cooper

After July heatwave, August meh.

Ventile Jackets and boots at the ready.

The weather is unpredictably, exactly as would have been expected if I’d actually thought about it. 

Forget the week between Christmas and new year, this, this faux hibernated August lull, is the weirdest time of year. 

When life, sort of stops and is replaced by periods of forced jollity, forced moments doing things you spend all year trying to avoid midweek, your good habits disappearing in a cloud of fire pitted smoke. 

All the while, thinking, isn’t this bliss, why can’t we live like this all the time? Because it’s boring, stop kidding yourself, deep down you can’t wait for September 1st. 

So before some long since dead relative reaches out from the other side to state that boredom is a sign of a lack of intelligence  - nonsense – I’ll attempt to lose myself in a book.

Books are my weakness, I mean I have a problem. 

But, August is the perfect time to indulge and feel less guilty. 

So below is a list, of the things I’ve read this summer, perhaps potential suggestions if you’ve escaped or are stuck here on this damp isle. 

Some I’ve read for the first time, others are ones I come back to at this time of year. Most fall under our Purposeful Activity British criteria, a couple don’t but are either works of genius or in part mention the ‘British’ condition. All are available from that wonder, London’s own, Heywood Hill.

The Return - Hisham Matar

The Return - Hisham Matar

The Piranhas  - Roberto Saviano

The Piranhas - Roberto Saviano

All That Is - James Salter

All That Is - James Salter

The Gallows Pole - Benjamin Myers

The Gallows Pole - Benjamin Myers

The Best Of - A. A. Gill

The Best Of - A. A. Gill

Soho In The Eighties - Christopher House

Soho In The Eighties - Christopher House

Some Hope - Edward St. Aubyn

Some Hope - Edward St. Aubyn

Man with a Blue Scarf - Martin Gayford

Man with a Blue Scarf - Martin Gayford

Wrote For Luck - Shaun Ryder

Wrote For Luck - Shaun Ryder

Appeasing Hitler - Tim Bouverie

Appeasing Hitler - Tim Bouverie

Joe Country - Mick Herron

Joe Country - Mick Herron

The Sleepwalker - Joseph Knox

The Sleepwalker - Joseph Knox

The Map and the Territory - Michel Houellebecq

The Map and the Territory - Michel Houellebecq

Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Barbarian Days - William Finnegan