Book List Inspiration

by Katie Anderson

I thought I would add a little inspiration to my blog this week: I have been reading. A lot.

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Book 1. After Theory. The uni library was selling off some stuff and I picked this one up for £1 before I left. Books often sit a while before I get round to doing anything about them (like opening them). It’s a curious book for someone who doesn’t know much about a lot of the writers and thinkers mentioned – but I’ve filled it with lots of post-its already so I figure some of it is going in subconciously or something.

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Book 2. Edgelands. This is by far and away my most favourite book of the past year – I bought it after hearing a snippet – strangely, for I am not yet an avid fan – on radio 4 sometime last year. Again it sat about for a while, gestating perhaps on a shelf – it’s nearly all post its and I’ve read it a lot – I reccomend everyone go out and buy a copy. Strangely beautiful prose (perhaps?) discussing everything from shipping containers, forgotten industrial estates, the disused, abandoned, edges of human living, the in between spaces of rural and urban. I love it!

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Book 3. Caveman Chemistry. I put this on my Christmas list this year as it has been on my amazon wish list for a while now. I don’t know if there is a person alive who could not be inspired or encouraged by this man. I’ve barely started it but already I’m pretty captivated – strangely by a chemist when previously chemistry and maths made me feel queasy but this book is so tightly linked with materials and use than I’m hooked.

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Book 4. Cycle of Violence. Well, anyone who knows me knows I’ve a bit of a soft spot for Grayson Perry. Christmas shopping in Forbidden Planet in Glasgow unearthed this – quite unexpectedly – as I was hunting for a present for the other half but, to be fair I had little idea that he’d had a shot at graphic novel writing in his time (1992). It’s a little graphic but does write curiously about a Bradley – who goes on the win the tour de France! Not quite bedtime reading but definitely time off reading.

 

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