Each month we pick four books relating to our monthly theme that we think you should read. Albeit a bit late, we’re back with books on NERVE. If you’d like to review and recommend for GENERATION, get in touch!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
grief, family, crime
Fifteen year old Christopher hates the colour yellow and being touched. He loves prime numbers, patterns and his neighbour’s dog, Wellington. When Wellington is killed, Christopher’s carefully constructed, logical world is set off kilter, and what unfolds is a detective story of immense bravery, in the smallest and largest sense, as Christopher takes it upon himself to solve the mystery behind the dog’s death, uncovering a lot about life, people and emotion along the way.
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
depression, humanity, recovery
When he was 24, Matt Haig found himself at the edge of a cliff, ready to jump off. This is about what happens when he didn’t. When he tried to live with his anxiety and depression, to learn how to not let it pull him under. It’s an very human book of what happens when you decide to not give up, when you learn to live again, when you start to understand where the small things that can light you up come from.
“Depression might be a hell of a price to pay for waking up to life … But it is actually quite therapeutic to know that pleasure doesn’t just help compensate for pain, it can actually grow out of it.”
Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West
body positivity, feminism, living online
Shrill is the story of how one girl went from wanting to be silent to being unashamedly all-caps. Lindy’s collection of personal essays cover all the bases – body image, online trolls, activism – with humour and charm, and her personality is an example of what happens when you take the chance to live unapologetically with yourself.
“The “perfect body” is a lie. I believed in it for a long time, and I let it shape my life, and shrink it—my real life, populated by my real body. Don’t let fiction tell you what to do.”
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
WWII, courage, love
It’s 1939, and war has been declared. Four bright young things are taken from their everyday life of London and thrown into this a new one of life and death, of consequence, of fear. Their lives twist and turn around one another, whilst all the while the bombs continue to drop on their city, reminding them that risks have to be taken, as it might be the last opportunity to take it.
“This helpful war. It makes us better people and then it tries to kill us.”