As the world around us shuts down, slows down around us, we’re on the hunt for ways to entertain ourselves that aren’t another episode of 30 Rock. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, it’s just there is a finite amount and we need to ration ourselves.)
Taking a break from the screen – and the open news tabs – is often a much-needed respite, but finding a book that will hold you on the couch all afternoon is hard. We rely on recommendations, place our trust in those who have read before us.
On spying that one of our favourite book stores – Bondi’s Gertrude & Alice – were doing delivery to the local area (thank you Instagram), we called them up for their recommendations. On the other end of the line? Jordan Turner – long-time friend of THE ICONIC and, as his Insta bio has it, “a wannabe Parisian who co-owns a bookstore, reads a tonne, writes articles and creates nice things”. We’d never put two and two together: that the bookstore in his bio was one of our regular haunts. He kindly offered to do one better than recommending one read – six better actually. Enjoy: Mr Turner’s reading list.
Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu
“Our biggest selling non-fiction book of 2019. I recommend this as an essential for anyone looking to learn more about Australia prior to white settlement. The knowledge and research in this book is beyond and it argues reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.”
Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror & The Light
“The third book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, and already making headlines. Both prior books in the series (Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies) have both won the Man Booker Prizes for their year, and this is sure to make it a hat trick.”
Christian White’s The Wife & The Widow
“A book that will make you reconsider everything. It’s dark, and it’s a plot twister of a psychological thriller. If you gather all the pieces of the puzzle dropped in this book, you’ll find that the ending is utterly epic. Australian writer!”
Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe
“Our biggest selling fiction book of 2019. A novel based off the author’s childhood, set in Brisbane and features an incredible group of characters. From the back cover – "A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year."
David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth
“A book made to make you uncomfortable about the future of earth — our earth. It is absolutely terrifying. This book is a wake-up call and a call to action for climate matters. Chapter by chapter we are told of the damage we have done to our planet. Why do we have increased wild fires, flooding? Read to find out”
Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt
“A sometimes surprising, but most-of-the-time hilarious, diary account of a surgeon working in the NHS. It’s short, and sweet, and will give you something to laugh about. Although it’s funny, you’ll find a lot of medical professionals relating to the lifestyle of Adam Kay.”
Andre Alexis’s Fifteen Dogs
“One of my favourite books, it is contemporary fiction at its finest. Begins with Apollo and Hermes in human form getting drunk in a bar and making the bet that animals would live happier lives than humans if they had our same consciousness. It’s quirky, thought provoking, and strange.”
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