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Insider
|21 Feb|5 mins

Our Must-Read Books Right Now

From political exposés to unflinching criticism of an author's life
THE ICONIC
21 Feb
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If your idea of a great book isn’t Fifty Shades of Grey, then you’re in luck. From the long-awaited third installment in an iconic U.K. series, to a scathing analysis of the Trump administration, these page-turners will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff

Whether politics is your thing or not, it’s impossible to ignore the planet’s most orange president, and this warts-and-all exposé of Donald Trump’s White house has been an instant bestseller around the world. Through a set of revelations that make House of Cards seem tame, author Michael Wolff describes the infighting, backbiting and general madness that is currently characterising America’s highest office. Engrossing, illuminating… embarrassing; you can’t help feeling a lot of this stuff might actually be funny if it wasn’t all quite so real.

Dead Men’s Trousers – Irvine Welsh

The box-office success of last year’s Trainspotting sequel, T2, proved there was still plenty of interest in the lives of Renton, Begbie, Spud and Sick Boy, 20 years after the first movie was released. It is even longer – now 25 years – since Irvine Welsh published the novel on which the original film was based, and this year marks the third instalment in a series that also includes 2002’s Porno. Dead Men’s Trousers sees the former friends reunite once more, with Renton now a successful manager of international DJs and Begbie an acclaimed artist. Expect plenty more drink, drugs, sex and the choosing of f-ing big televisions.

Feel Free – Zadie Smith

One of the most celebrated novelists of this and any generation, Zadie Smith proves that she can tackle just about any subject with a wit and intelligence that’s as sharp and smart as a Farage suit. From an exploration of what social networks are really doing to us, to deft opinion pieces on Quentin Tarantino, Jay-Z and, funnily enough, Karl Ove Knausgaard, this non-fiction collection of inner thoughts and literary essays is worth poring over for its many insights and easy wisdom. An essential guide along the many weird and wonderful paths that make up the modern world, from a writer who is forever on the top of her game.

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur – Nathan Williams

The latest hardback from lifestyle magazine Kinfolk features 40 in-depth photo essays on entrepreneurs around the world, all presented in the so-pretty-it-hurts aesthetic the Danish brand is known for. Published late last year and set for a permanent place on the coffee table of every discerning gent, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur includes interviews with a diverse range of creative business owners, from fashion designers to architects, and will surely inspire any budding Karen Walker (who happens to be featured) or Norman Foster (who doesn’t) to get out there and make it happen.

My Struggle, Book Six – Karl Ove Knausgaard

If reading a six-volume novel about a frustrated Norwegian writer’s life in all its minute detail sounds like a total punish, think of those who actually featured in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s tell-all memoir. His wife, friends and assorted family members are all nakedly exposed and often come in for unflinching criticism – his uncle even threatened to sue when My Struggle began a media frenzy in Norway upon its initial publication, and his ex described reading the books as like being punched in the face. But if its controversy makes it intriguing, it’s the detail that makes it brilliant and somehow reflective of the way we all live. The eagerly awaited sixth volume to be translated into English, released this August, completes the set; no punish, just a work to be enjoyed and celebrated.

Insider
|21 Feb|5 mins

Our Must-Read Books Right Now

From political exposés to unflinching criticism of an author's life
THE ICONIC
21 Feb
Share:

If your idea of a great book isn’t Fifty Shades of Grey, then you’re in luck. From the long-awaited third installment in an iconic U.K. series, to a scathing analysis of the Trump administration, these page-turners will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff

Whether politics is your thing or not, it’s impossible to ignore the planet’s most orange president, and this warts-and-all exposé of Donald Trump’s White house has been an instant bestseller around the world. Through a set of revelations that make House of Cards seem tame, author Michael Wolff describes the infighting, backbiting and general madness that is currently characterising America’s highest office. Engrossing, illuminating… embarrassing; you can’t help feeling a lot of this stuff might actually be funny if it wasn’t all quite so real.

Dead Men’s Trousers – Irvine Welsh

The box-office success of last year’s Trainspotting sequel, T2, proved there was still plenty of interest in the lives of Renton, Begbie, Spud and Sick Boy, 20 years after the first movie was released. It is even longer – now 25 years – since Irvine Welsh published the novel on which the original film was based, and this year marks the third instalment in a series that also includes 2002’s Porno. Dead Men’s Trousers sees the former friends reunite once more, with Renton now a successful manager of international DJs and Begbie an acclaimed artist. Expect plenty more drink, drugs, sex and the choosing of f-ing big televisions.

Feel Free – Zadie Smith

One of the most celebrated novelists of this and any generation, Zadie Smith proves that she can tackle just about any subject with a wit and intelligence that’s as sharp and smart as a Farage suit. From an exploration of what social networks are really doing to us, to deft opinion pieces on Quentin Tarantino, Jay-Z and, funnily enough, Karl Ove Knausgaard, this non-fiction collection of inner thoughts and literary essays is worth poring over for its many insights and easy wisdom. An essential guide along the many weird and wonderful paths that make up the modern world, from a writer who is forever on the top of her game.

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur – Nathan Williams

The latest hardback from lifestyle magazine Kinfolk features 40 in-depth photo essays on entrepreneurs around the world, all presented in the so-pretty-it-hurts aesthetic the Danish brand is known for. Published late last year and set for a permanent place on the coffee table of every discerning gent, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur includes interviews with a diverse range of creative business owners, from fashion designers to architects, and will surely inspire any budding Karen Walker (who happens to be featured) or Norman Foster (who doesn’t) to get out there and make it happen.

My Struggle, Book Six – Karl Ove Knausgaard

If reading a six-volume novel about a frustrated Norwegian writer’s life in all its minute detail sounds like a total punish, think of those who actually featured in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s tell-all memoir. His wife, friends and assorted family members are all nakedly exposed and often come in for unflinching criticism – his uncle even threatened to sue when My Struggle began a media frenzy in Norway upon its initial publication, and his ex described reading the books as like being punched in the face. But if its controversy makes it intriguing, it’s the detail that makes it brilliant and somehow reflective of the way we all live. The eagerly awaited sixth volume to be translated into English, released this August, completes the set; no punish, just a work to be enjoyed and celebrated.

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