Ariel Books Top 10 Winter Reads
1. Forgone is a searing, atmospheric page-turner from Canadian filmmaker Russell Banks. As with all his work, it’s a mixture of bravado and vulnerability, complex characters and a powerful ending. An absorbing novel to escape the winter blues with.
2. Loss of Memory is Only Temporary: Stories is a rare gem from 1975 that we have unearthed for you to savour over winter. Johanna Kaplan has been described as a cross between Grace Paley and JD Salinger, and these stories feature messy lives depicted with a ‘firm but fair’ style and good humour.
3. Cimino is Charles Elton’s examination of the life and work of controversial, enigmatic director Michael Cimino. An absolute must for film aficionados and anyone interested in talented weirdos. Put your feet up and settle in for a cracking read.
4. Trust, the new novel from Hernan Diaz about money, power and identity, is an instant classic. It’s going to win awards and admirers so you may as well get in early. Trust us, it’s amazing.
5. The Lives of Lee Miller is Tony Penrose’s loving tribute to his uniquely multi-talented mother. Part memoir, part photo essay, part search for the real woman behind an unconventional life. Read it over the cold season, then see Kate Winslet’s film in Spring.
6. City on Fire is fiction to heat up your life. Don Winslow is the Godfather of US crime, and his latest completely burnishes his reputation. It sees a longstanding truce between rival Italian and Irish mob families explode in a summer of violence. This is a very modern take on a Greek tragedy that will float your boat if you like Sopranos-style scenarios. The best news: this is the first in an epic trilogy.
7. and 8. Painter Celia Paul has a couple of excellent fireside companions worthy of your attention- her memoir and the daring Letters to Gwen John. The latter shares her thoughts on art, relationships and the creative life through letters to the eponymous Welsh artist. Somehow simultaneously, Celia is both endearingly awkward and effortlessly graceful.
9. Charlotte Perriand- the modern life is a sumptuous, guilty pleasure. This monograph includes never-before-seen sketchbooks from the maverick designer/artist who believed in good design for the betterment of society.
10. The Touch- spaces designed for the senses is an inspiring volume brought together by Kinfolk and Norm Architects, thoughtfully explaining the five building blocks of human-centric design. These elements are achieved together to provide a thoughtful and enriched way of life that anyone can aspire to.
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