my favourite stuff
I consume a lot of stuff. Here’s a few of my most loved.
Faux biographical telling of Parisian life as a foreigner. Read for research and regretted it.
Chucklesome and touching retelling of the Odyssey, as the middle-aged author circles the globe to avoid his ex’s wedding.
Amazing from Leila Slimani - a ‘why dunnit’ touching on race, power and gender through the tale of a nanny working for a Parisian family with young children.
Harrowing story about a French women addicted to extramarital sex. Short and very well written but bleak stuff. Preferred Lullaby.
A husband is wrongfully imprisoned - the narrative deals with the fallout of this event from 3 perspectives. Really well written, engrossing and believable.
A virus has left the world in a post-apocalyptic state, the narrator is a mother who lives in the same house but divided from her family. One day she goes on her neighbourhood watch patrol and sees someone roaming without protection from the airborne virus.
A good premise, let down by a complete lack of resolution as well as some heavy-handed sermonising about social media and living online.
Beautifully written but harrowing tale of a girl simultaneously brought up to be both self-sufficient and horribly dependent on her abusive father.
Chilling tale of post apocalyptic survival, lean and raw yet hopeful tale of a man and his son trying to stay alive.
Hilarious, profound and irritatingly proficient debut novel from someone who consistently delivers in Zadie Smith.
Timeless, gripping tale of revenge, faith, power and fate.
Probably my favourite book of all time.
Antifragile - has genuinely changed the way I think about much of the world around me
The Undoing Project - Lewis is always extremely readable but this exploration of genius and friendship made me cry
Kanye West - a genius
James Blake - unclassifiable, haunting, thrilling
The Strokes - Is This It is unimpeachable
Frank Ocean - brave yet unknowable
Fight Club - everything you’d want in a film, crammed full of meaning and an uncommon example of improving on an original book
Memento - innovative narrative style means that the horrifying truth dawns on you slowly
In Bruges - hilarious, unexpected and slightly sad
Cartel Land - you wouldn’t believe it if it was made up, exploration of Mexican drug trade
More Than A Game - true life feel good sports film, amazing access to Lebron James and his friends as they become the best high school basketball team in the US
The Wire - brilliantly complex, moving and balanced depiction of the Baltimore drug trade as the starting point for discussing greater themes
Mad Men - what it means to be a man and the American dream dissected through the lens of Don Draper, nothing uses its own history so effectively
Mr Robot - distinctive and believable dystopian piece, great Fight Club companion
Archer - just great fun, James Bond but an even bigger dickhead
The Office - UK or US, both great for different reasons