Published On: Sat, Nov 11th, 2017

Invoice Bailey: My six greatest books – The Goldfinch and extra


THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt Abacus, £9.99

Ihave a son who’s 13, just like the protagonist when his mom dies. My son additionally has a flamboyant Russian good friend, because the character does, so I felt an affinity with the e-book. For swathes of it, you’re in a state of pressure and I preferred the depiction of New York life. 

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Karl Ove Knausgaard Classic, £eight.99

A Norwegian creator who chronicled each element of his life. It might simply be intensely boring and sections appear to be a parody, the place he talks concerning the sound of cereal within the bowl, however it turns into surprisingly compelling. 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari Classic, £9.99

A quick historical past of humankind. It’s so intense that it’s important to learn a bit then have a relaxation. It has sensible passages, equivalent to the place he argues people turned enslaved by agriculture. Vivid and invigorating. 

THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO by Alfred Russel Wallace Penguin, £eight.99

Wallace’s chronicles from the 1850s-60s. I journey quite a bit in Indonesia and this e-book is an excellent companion. I found Wallace years in the past when on a birding journey in an space referred to as Wallacea, which is filled with completely different species, and I needed to know why it was referred to as that. I’ve a primary version.

OPEN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Andre Agassi Simon & Schuster, £9.99

Self-deprecating and sincere. The admission that he hated tennis is extraordinary. I’ve performed competitors tennis and one of many best sporting moments I’ve witnessed was watching Agassi play Mark Philippoussis at Wimbledon. 

OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W Somerset Maugham Classic, £9.99

I like Maugham’s dry, witty fashion and he captures the contradictions of human nature. From a constrained upbringing, he needed to get out and see the world and that rings a loud bell with me. It’s about discovering his method within the metropolis, trying to find love, and also you root for him.


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