The Literature staff would like to share their reccomendations for the week.
Dan is currently reading A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard, a modern day Scandinavian Proust, only with shorter sentences.
His pick of the week is Matt Haig’s The Humans. A local author and set in Cambridge, the book features Professor Andrew Martin, who solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle and then disappears.
Sarah has just started the latest from Carl Hiaasen, king of the quirky crime novel. Bad Monkey is set in Florida, like all of Hiaasen’s books and so far we have a severed arm and dodgy cops. Hiaasen is always a bit different, but very funny and always with an underlying ecological message.
Sarah’s pick of the week, even of the month, is Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? A fabulous, fast read, at times surreal, yet sad and fantastical. A really witty read, perfect for a hot Summer afternoon.
Maureen recommends more monkey business with Robert Rankin’s The Educated Ape. A riotous tale of wicked women, a dangerous detective and an ape called Darwin. Rankin is totally eccentric and his work is known for being funny and well, just strange. Often likened to Pratchett and Douglas Adams, but more far fetched!
Maureen’s pick of the week is Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. A brilliant tale of an unknown subterranean London, where you’ll find angels, monsters and murderers. Some of you may remember the BBC dramatisation many moons ago.
Sarah also got extremely excited about two hugely anticipated titles coming this autumn.
Firstly a new novel from Donna Tartt, she of The Secret History fame. The Goldfinch features a 13 year old boy, Theo and how he survives a life changing accident and is drawn into the criminal underworld. It is described as a haunting odyssey through present-day America. I can’t wait to read it.
Also coming in October is Scott Lynch’s 3rd book in the Gentleman Bastard sequence, The Republic of Thieves. We’ve only had to wait for nearly seven years since Red Seas Under Red Skies and I can’t believe it’s been that long! The Lies of Locke Lamora marked a real turning point in the Fantasy genre and gave us a real cult hero with Locke. It remains one of my favourite books, a story that really got you involved, full of twists and the amazing bond between Locke and Jean. I cannot recommend it enough, especially if you don’t think you really like Fantasy novels.