Books can be life-changing. They can be a form of escapism that give a unique perspective into lives, times, places and ideas we will never experience ourselves. Or, a way of learning new ways of thinking, being and approaching the world. With all this time now spare, what are the key texts we should be reading?
Middlemarch seemed too long when time was scarce. Amazing how quarantine changes perspective.
A Journal of the Plague Year
They say fashion comes in cycles. The fresh relevance of Daniel Defoe's classic requires no explanation.
This Victorian page-turner will make you laugh and weep. In classic Dickens' style, the novel is full of the curious and the grotesque, with plot twists that will make you shudder. It is the perfect book to get lost in during a pandemic.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is best known for her illuminating novels on women, marriage, politics, and race. But her short stories are also powerful. In this collection, she examines the nuances of human relationships and how they fall apart.
Lacks' incredible story is almost the stuff of movies. This poor, Southern tobacco farmer's cells were extracted without her knowledge. Those cells went on to become one of the most vital resources in scientific research even to this day.
Books about the current political climate and/ administration.
You should read "The Captain & the Glory" by Dave Eggers
An absurd voyage that follows the election of “the man with the yellow feather in his hair” and the tomfoolery that follows as he rubbishes existing order to establish one that suits him. "The Captain & the Glory" is a must-read satirical take on the Trump Administration.