Book of the month
I Hate the Internet
Described as an ‘American Houellebecq’ by Jonathan Lethem, Jarett Kobek is indeed as vicious, sarcastic and controversial as the French enfant terribles. He is however, far funnier, more human and his angry brand of satire is directed at those with shady influence and veiled power.
The ‘State of the Nation’ novel is as American as apple pie, big hats and well, Donald Trump, but in I Hate the Internet, the nation is as much the World Wide Web as it is the USA. Kobek has managed to create a thoroughly modern work of fiction that reads as easily as a thriller but says more about the two worlds we inhabit than any Non-Fiction possibly could.
Staff picks from Foyles Waterloo Station
We've been picking some of our favourite books here at Foyles Waterloo Station. Find faves from booksellers Andrew, Chris, Dan, Inga and Patrizia below.
Species of Spaces and Other Pieces - Georges Perec.
The most playful of experimentalists lets his luminous, kind regard wander across varieties of space and place, the life of a Parisian street, a parachute jump, the ordering of bookshelves; a miscellany of everyday delight.
The Skin - Curzio Malaparte
It is 1944 and Naples has just been liberated by the Allies after a long period of Nazi occupation. Naples is described as defeated and humiliated despite now being free. Malaparte is tragic yet comic, surreal yet real, cynical yet idealistic; he has surely reproduced in this horrifying book the brutality of war and its aftermath. By no means an easy read, but an unforgettable one nonetheless.
HHhH - Laurent Binet
Binet will thrill and surprise you countless times in this fast-paced novel based on the only successful strike at the Nazi leadership during the Second World War. The narrative style switches between the heroic exploits of the Czech and Slovak commandos and Binet's own experience of discovering and retelling their incredible fates.
The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
What happens to talent over time? What happens to friendships over time? What happens to passion and ideals and dreams over time? Since the first time I read it, “The Interestings” has become one of the books I return to over and over again, both for comfort and for reflection on the way relationships change over the years, and the ways in which they do and don’t survive.
Novel on Yellow Paper - Stevie Smith
Stevie Smith's prose style is as inimitable as her poetic voice: gossipy, opinionated, witty, self-interrupting and wildly digressive. The narrative seems to follow only the narrator's wayward train of thought, but by the end, we feel that we have come to know much about her family, friends and thoughts on everything from friendship versus marriage to Catholicism and Germany in the 1930s.
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A Matter of Life and Death
Henry Marsh’s new book Admissions is a fabulous account of the life of a surgeon. As anyone who read Do No Harm will know however; Marsh’s writing touches on so much more than just neurosurgery. To celebrate its publication, we've chosen some of our favourite titles that tackle the big questions of life, health, illness and death.
There's a whole range of wonderful books from the inspirational to the practical; from It’s All in Your Head, Suzanne O’Sullivan’s Wellcome Prize winning study of psychosomatic illness to When Breath Becomes Air, the heart-wrenching but life affirmsing story of the late Paul Kalanithi, Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig’s poignant, but funny account of his fight with depression, to Siddhartha Mukherjee’s genre defying Emperor of All Maladies, a far-reaching chronicle of Cancer.