The Reading List

Razor-sharp essays, thoughtful meditations on mortality and the latest masterpiece from America’s ‘foremost woman of letters’ – it’s a great season for good reads

 

 

What happens when artists abandon tradition and question the very definition of art? From painting versus conceptual to gallery versus wider world, this book traces art history amid social and political changes of the past sixty years.

 

 

Inspired by extraordinary true events, this is the tale of a young man who will do anything to keep the dream of home alive, even in the face of unimaginable devastation. Tender, wild and unbearably raw, it is a deeply moving novel that will linger in your memory.

 

 

Ever have the feeling that life isn’t going your way? Discover how to master the monk mindset with renowned motivational coach Gaur Gopal Das. He reveals how to tackle our modern anxieties with characteristic serenity, profound wisdom and irresistible humour.

 

 

‘Our homes have the power to physically affect our health,’ says interior designer and former ELLE Decoration editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin. Whether your home is owned or rented, small or large, this practical guide shows you how to harness its potential to help you become your best self.

 

 

An enchanting novel for those looking for an escape. Heroine Marea, born covered in the feathers of a bird, is kept hidden in a crumbling house full of secrets. When a tutor arrives with books, maps and magical stories, he reveals a world waiting outside the window and her curiosity is awoken.

 

 

What happens when artists abandon tradition and question the very definition of art? From painting versus conceptual to gallery versus wider world, this book traces art history amid social and political changes of the past sixty years. 

 

 

Described as ‘America’s foremost woman of letters’, Joyce Carol Oates is back with another gripping novel, using a family tragedy to explore race, trauma, class warfare, grief and healing. Deliciously intimate, this will stay with you long after the final page.

 

 

Told through the perspectives of a carousel of characters in 1970s West Texas, each of whom burrow deep in the reader’s heart, this unflinching yet tender debut novel illuminates the strength and vulnerability of women. A stunning debut from a talented new author.

 

 

Comedian and podcaster Hagen takes on the forces that tell her – and all women – to ‘shrink’ to fit in. From family using food as an expression of love to weight-loss corporations, Hagen explores the message of ‘thin is best’ and chooses happiness instead. An uplifting book about self-acceptance.

 

 

Razor-sharp yet easy-to-read essays on such subjects as the arrival of the internet, the infamous Fyre festival and how cultural heroines we hold dear shape our view of ourselves as women. Insightful, powerful and thought-provoking, Tolentino is being hailed as the new voice of her generation