Caitlin Moran

I like my summer reads to be a combination of immersive literary joy, and some ‘deep thinky’ stuff - so I can start the autumn having finally learned about buzzwords and phrases I’ve been carelessly chucking about willy-nilly on social media since Christmas. I want to end summer slightly tanned, deeply delighted, and clever.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez

In a world of talkers, Criado-Perez is a do-er: first the campaign to have a woman on our banknotes, and now this: groundbreaking, mind-blowing research on how the world is literally made for men, and not women: seatbelts, heart-attack care, central heating. In these design of these, we are invisible.

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Caned off Normal People in one giddy evening of exclaiming ‘Fuck! This is so good! over and over; so now going to go back and hoover up Rooney’s first novel, too. Her writing is as glorious and pleasing as watching swifts hunting overhead. She just dives onto truths. 

  • Invisible Women

  • ** SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

    Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives

    'A rallying cry to fight back' Sunday Times

    'Press this into the hands of everyone you know. It is utterly brilliant!' Helena Kennedy

    Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued.

    If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.

    Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.

    From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women.

    Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.

    Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019
    Blackwell’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019

    'A game-changer; an uncompromising blitz of facts, sad, mad, bad and funny, making an unanswerable case and doing so brilliantly…the ambition and scope – and sheer originality – of Invisible Women is huge' The Times

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

I read this in proof-form in the winter, and now it’s out, I’m going to read it again - this is the In Cold Blood of women’s sexuality. Journalist Taddeo spent five years interviewing three women about their sex-lives, and then turned it into a non-fiction novel of such recurring darkness, truth and astonishment I will probably re-read it every year of my life. 

The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel

I know it’s not out until next year, but I’m going to spend a portion of the summer just imagining how good it will be: like when you make yourself giddy with excitement thinking about Christmas as a kid. Actually, I might re-read Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, in preparation.

Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Macfarlane writes with strong, endlessly bendable magic: he can describe a mountain, a river, a sunset – things that have been categorically over-described in the last centuries – and make it feel like the first. He has Nabokov’s knack of being able to use a single word – ‘violet’, ‘spire’ – perfectly. His books are the Bible of nature. 

  • Underland

  • WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2019

    A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century

    The unmissable new book from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words

    'You'd be crazy not to read this book' The Sunday Times

    'Underland is a magnificent feat of writing, travelling and thinking that feels genuinely frontier pushing, unsettling and exploratory' Evening Standard

    'Marvellous... Neverending curiosity, generosity of spirit, erudition, bravery and clarity... This is a book well worth reading' The Times

    'Extraordinary... at once learned and readable, thrilling and beautifully written' Observer

    'Attentive, thoughtful, finely honed... I turned the last page with the unusual conviction of having been in the company of a fine writer who is - who must surely be - a good man' Telegraph

    Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet...

    In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes a dazzling journey into the concealed geographies of the ground beneath our feet - the hidden regions beneath the visible surfaces of the world. From the vast below-ground mycelial networks by which trees communicate, to the ice-blue depths of glacial moulins, and from North Yorkshire to the Lofoten Islands, he traces an uncharted, deep-time voyage. Underland a thrilling new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of the relations of landscape and the human heart.

    'He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation' Wall Street Journal

    'Packed with stories based in geography, history, myth, gossip, legend, religion, geology and the natural world. Macfarlane's writing moves and enthrals' The Times on The Old Ways

    'Irradiated by a profound sense of wonder... Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent on Landmarks

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The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey

The first ever ‘biography’ of George Orwell’s 1984, and it comes at the perfect time: everything Orwell feared, and wrote about - the bending of truth, the rise of the far-right, philistinism, intolerance, an angry populace - is happening again, right now. Lynskey’s book works by way of showing how Orwell’s politics and logic would have dealt with the 21st century. Necessary and comforting. 

Don’t Hold My Head Down by Lucy-Ann Holmes

The No More Page 3 campaigner does a simple, clever, intriguing thing: writes a biography of her sexuality. Realising she’s in her thirties and has never had amazing sex, and is semi-addicted to porn, she re-traces her formative sexual influences, then tries to reboot her sexuality with a series of experiments (sex-toys, BDSM, orgies, tantra). A breezy, friendly, quietly revolutionary book every women, young or old, should read, whilst shouting ‘Oh my God! I thought that was just me!’, or ‘Maybe I should put something up my bum?’

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

I enjoy boasting about how easy I find Ottolenghi’s recipes. I just don’t understand what everyone’s on about when the moan how difficult they are. ‘There’s so many ingredients!’ GOOD. LOTS OF THINGS ARE AWESOME. ‘But how do we find nduja, or ras-al-hanout?’ WHERE YOU FIND EVERYTHING - ON THE INTERNET. JUST PRESS A BUTTON AND IT WILL ARRIVE TOMORROW. BUCK UP. COOK DELICIOUS THINGS. 

  • Ottolenghi SIMPLE

  • The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Winner at The National Book Awards 2018

    Everything you love about Ottolenghi, made simple.

    Yotam Ottolenghi’s award-winning recipes are always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. Ottolenghi SIMPLE is no different, with 130 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and flavour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

    Bursting with colourful photography, Ottolenghi SIMPLE showcases Yotam’s standout dishes that will suit whatever type of cooking you find easy – whether that’s getting wonderful food on the table in under 30 minutes, using just one pot to make a delicious meal, or a flavoursome dish that can be prepared ahead and then served when you’re ready.

    These brilliant, flavour-forward dishes are all SIMPLE in at least one (but very often more than one) way:

    S – short on time: less than 30 minutes
    I – 10 ingredients or less
    M – make ahead
    P – pantry
    L – lazy
    E – easier than you think

    Ottolenghi SIMPLE is the stunning new cookbook we have all been wishing for: Yotam Ottolenghi’s vibrant food made easy.

    Buy the SIMPLE 10 ingredients at ottolenghi.co.uk

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