Further Reading

Top Ten Reads for March

A history of disinformation, London's food revolution, meta-manga, a rediscovered working-class classic and the greatest ever drag queen… March is filled to the brim with some of 2024's most exciting books so far. We've picked our 10 favourites, what would you choose?

The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul

The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul

The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul

05/03/2024

Icons don't get much bigger than this. From growing up Black, poor and queer, to drag superstardom, RuPaul has not only become the world's greatest drag queen, he's also changed the world. The House of Hidden Meanings is RuPaul stripped bare—his childhood, the punk and drag scenes of Atlanta and New York, finding worldwide fame in the 80's and 90's, producing and presenting one of the biggest TV franchises in history—realness throughout. Because reading is what? Fun-da-mental!

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

07/03/2024

Cyrus Shams—newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants, guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings—embarks on a search that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum. The début novel from the poet behind the brilliant Calling a Wolf a WolfMartyr! is a visceral exploration of faith, identity and the complexities of human connection. Akbar's poetic prowess shines through in a tapestry of emotions, delving into the intricacies of sacrifice, forgiveness and devotion.

Caliban Shrieks by Jack Hilton

Caliban Shrieks by Jack Hilton

Caliban Shrieks by Jack Hilton

07/03/2024

Originally published in 1935, Caliban Shrieks was warmly received by the literary establishment (including George Orwell and W. H. Auden) but faded to obscurity until a chance find by a barman in Salford's Working Class Movement Library. After a long search to track down who held the rights, this angry and impassioned autobiographical novel of pre-war working-class life is finally coming back to print.

Three Births by K Patrick

Three Births by K Patrick

Three Births by K Patrick

07/03/2024

K Patrick's 2023 novel Mrs S was an atmospheric, amorous tour de force. In Three Births—their début Poetry collection—the tension and erotic exploration of queer love are just as beautifully rendered, but here the poems weave effortlessly from the dark to the light, the profound to the playful. Patrick's poems are mini masterpieces of mordant wit, humanistic wisdom and radical body politics, equal parts revelatory and freeing.

How to Win an Information War by Peter Pomerantsev

How to Win an Information War by Peter Pomerantsev

How to Win an Information War by Peter Pomerantsev

07/03/2024

Uncovering the all-but-forgotten story of British journalist Sefton Delmer and his efforts in spreading disinformation and 'black propaganda' throughout Nazi Germany during WWII—while simultaneously exploring the current information war in Ukraine—Pomerantsev cements his place as the most authoritative voice on disinformation and the post-truth world.

London Feeds Itself ed. by Jonathan Nunn

London Feeds Itself ed. by Jonathan Nunn

London Feeds Itself ed. by Jonathan Nunn

12/03/2024

25 essays, 25 locations, the definitive guide to the alternative food culture that is making London truly the greatest city in the world for food. Edited by Jonathan Nunn—founder of the innovative food and culture magazine Vittles—and with contributions from Claudia Roden, Rebecca May Johnson, Owen Hatherley, Ruby Tandoh, Jeremy Corbyn, Nikesh Shukla and many more, London Feeds Itself is a must have for living, and eating, in the city.

Vulture Capitalism by Grace Blakeley

Vulture Capitalism by Grace Blakeley

Vulture Capitalism by Grace Blakeley

14/03/2024

From the author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation and The Corona CrashVulture Capitalism is yet another firecracker of a book on the mythology and disingenuity underlining contemporary capitalism. Blakeley is the perfect guide for navigating the complex and labyrinthine world of neoliberal corporate power structures, and uncovering the built in inequalities and injustices that permit it to endure.

The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft

The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft

The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft

14/03/2024

With a tantalising premise, Jennifer Croft—distinguished translator of Olga Tokarczuk—crafts a deliciously playful novel of nature, art, celebrity and, of course, language. Set in the wild surroundings of a primeval Polish forest on the border of Belarus, eight translators seek to track down world-renowned author Irena Rey in order to translate her magnum opus, Gray Eminence. A feast of reading, writing, and translation, by a master of all three.

Tokyo These Days, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto

Tokyo These Days, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto

Tokyo These Days, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto

14/03/2024

When manga editor Kazuo Shiozawa decides taking an early retirement is the only possible reparation for his perceived failures as an editor, his fellow artists, writers and creators refuse to let him give up so easily. A beautifully produced piece of 'meta-Manga' from the Eisner Award winning author of Tekkonkinkreet and Cats of the Louvre.

Sunken Lands by Gareth E. Rees

Sunken Lands by Gareth E. Rees

Sunken Lands by Gareth E. Rees

21/03/2024

Roaming through vanished villages, submerged forests and drowned civilisations, Gareth E. Rees upends our sense of future on a journey through the lost worlds of our past. Melancholy, hopeful, dazzling, Sunken Lands is the latest, much-needed musings from one of the most original writers working today.