A new series where Team Vagabond share the books they've been loving.
Vagabond's assistant editor Dana writes, "Loaned to me by our marketing assistant Daisy, whose never-ending praise for the book can be summed up as 'Yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!' I'll be taking it on holiday with me and I can't wait to read it!"
This week it's over to Kathrine Sowerby, who's sharing her love of Tove Jansson's Letters from Klara.
Written in her seventies, each neatly framed story in this newly translated collection by Tove Jansson manages at once to be sad, sharp, insightful and wise. And very funny too.
This week we've got Vagabond author Gary Duncan raving about Justin Cronin's The Passage.
This post-apocalyptic thriller is a monster of a book – 800 pages, dozens of characters and multiple storylines. Not to mention vampires. Lots of vampires. It’s beautifully written and it’s hugely satisfying.
Continuing the West Coast theme, intern Martyn is currently reading Dave Hickey's Pirates and Farmers.
A collection of essays on taste through a breezy West Coast Californian filter. Surfboard aesthetics and site-specific optimism.
Vagabond poet Gerry Loose is currently reading Tracks Along the Left Coast by poet and Sanskrit scholar Andrew Schelling.
Magnificent in its scope and breadth of understanding of Pacific Coast Culture, Tracks Along the Left Coast provides an insight into an overlooked figure in early 20th century responses to indigenous peoples of California: Jaime de Angulo, author of the seminal Indian Tales which has inspired generations of Western poets, artists and musicians.
First up we've got Marketing Assistant Daisy on The Dumb House by John Burnside.
This darkly disturbing, yet somehow still beautifully poetic read is a must for anyone with even the tiniest interest in language and psychology.