Along with many of us I am missing the occasional dip into a chazza, particularly on the books side. Recent purchaser of a kindle, the monthly release of the new book deals is about as close to a rummage through the Oxfam shelves as you are going to get at the moment. There’s history, lots of military history, autobiography, self-help, romance, thrillers, detective and well you get the idea. Literary fiction , classics and sci-fi are the sections of the shop I go for so here are my entirely partial recommendations for the 99p monthly deals:
Classics – strong showing from Penguin Classics and Modern Classics. Really important to get a reputable publisher with translated work. So I’m going for War and Peace, Les Grandes Moulnes and a volume of Katherine Mansfield short stories. Already got, thorughly recommended, is Heart of a Dog by Bulgakov.
Sci-fi – if you’ve not read Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie you are in luck. One of the best sci-fi novels of teh last decade. Peter F Hamilton has gone off the boil a bit recently IMHO, so glad the first heavy slab of his new trilogy, Salvation, is on here. Decently reviewed. There’s a Neal Asher (just a bit too military for me) too, and a free Adrian Tchiakovsky novella.
Modern lit fic – Freedom by Jonathan Frantzen, Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington and Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men are both great novels I can recommend.
Finally music: the Pete Paphides as mentioned elsewhere, Bill Brewster’s compendious Last Night A DJ Saved My Life… on dance music and club culture; and Louise Wener’s britpop memoirs.