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R*E*P*E*A*T Bookish Play List 17.5.20


For a change, this week's R*E*P*E*A*T Lockdown Virtual Tea Party came up with a playlist of books.
Here they are, typed up from my memory of what people said about them...

The City & the City by China Miéville 
A murder mystery with a metaphysical twist.

Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse
Written as a more honest and interesting counterweight to the film about his daughter.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine
A telling of punk from a defiantly female perspective.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
Classic tale of migrant workers battling a recession.

Be More Pirate Or How to Take On the World and Win
by Sam Conniff Allende

'A model for how to break the system and create radical change'

A Tale of Wizards, Dragons and Fracking by Noel P Morgan
A comic fantasy based around the Fat Wizard and occupants of a little known magical village in present day Wales.

Lipstick Traces : A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus
A Situationist, Dadaist reinterpretation of punk. Showcases the thin line between genius and madness.

John Lydon:  “It’s so mad, it’s so daft, it’s so off the wall—it’s thoroughly enjoyable…”
Interviewer:  “But you don’t think he’s completely wrong?”
John Lydon:“No, he’s not wrong.

Normal People by Sally Rooney
Advice was to ignore the book and watch the TV series instead, but many might disagree.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
The smart and breezy novel Normal People could have been, according to our tea timer.

Soul Shakedown by Gareth R Miles
A deft meld of folklore and sci-fi metaphysics from a Swansea based writer. http://www.garethrmiles.com/

Come On Everybody: Poems 1953-2008 : Adrian Mitchell
A collection of poetry of marked simplicity, clarity, passion and humour whose evolution is interesting to track through this collection.
'This is Adrian Mitchell, the British Mayakovsky'- Kenneth Tynan.

Hings by Chris McQueer.
Young Scottish author much of whose current work is available on Twitter. (@ChrisMcQueer_). And in this debut collection. Sounds best read aloud, in his own Glasgow accent.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Powerful story story of rape and racism told with warmth and humour.

Comments inaccurately transcribed by Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T

Past playlists here