2020: A Year in Books

For many, 2020 has been a great year for reading, with lots of free time inside and a greater need for escapism. For me, 2020 has been the equivalent, reading-wise, of those small Allen keys you get in IKEA flatpacks: useful at the time, but entirely replaceable. I have admittedly read some fantastic books, starting…

A literary day trip to Exeter

Days are getting shorter, restrictions are getting (slightly) lighter, a vaccine might be in sight. Whether you want to start taking some (socially distanced, COVID-conscious) trips at the weekend, or you’d like to daydream about a future where we’ll be able to roam the Earth free once again (yes, well, Brexit-permitting – Godwhyisitallsodepressing?) here is…

2020 Mid-Year Book Tag

Internally, I feel like that .gif of Michael Scott from the Office where he screams, “Everyone stay f*cking calm!”. Externally, I feel fiiine. It’s July in a few days. I’s fine. I’m fine. A month ago I decided to change my reading goal for this year from 40 to 30. I had only read 5…

TransPitch #5: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Man Booker Prize is undoubtedly one of the biggest prizes in the anglo-american literary scene and this year it made quite a lot of noise because of its two joint winners: Margaret Atwood of The Handmaid’s Tale fame, with its sequel The Testaments, and the lesser known Bernardine Evaristo with Girl, Woman, Other. Awarding…

TimeOut New York City Guide | Review

The holidays are fast approaching and I usually consider this the perfect time to start thinking about trips for the new year. First of all, because you get to spend lots of time with your family and friends and travel is a great topic of conversation (also a good way to stop relatives you’ve never…

TransPitch #3: Short Short Stories, by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is without doubt one of the most prominent American contemporary writers and all his works have been translated into Italian, including his latest novel The Parade, published by Feltrinelli this year. All his works except the collection Short Short Stories, which was originally published by Penguin in 2005 as a Pocket Penguin. I…

TransPitch #2: Istruzioni per diventare fascisti, by Michela Murgia

Let’s not beat around the bush: we are experiencing the rise of a far right neo-fascist wave throughout Europe as well as globally. What does that have to do with books and why am I suddenly getting all political? Well, because books help us investigate and understand the world we live in, and because if…