my favourite reads of June 2024

Art Unpacked by Matthew Wilson (2023)

A detailed analysis of 50 paintings from technical, art history, social and cultural perspectives. Excellent.

Good Behaviour by Molly Keane (1981)

Aroon St. Charles tells the story of her aristocratic family’s decline. She is the most wonderfully unreliable narrator – naive, deluded, insecure, conceited, totally clueless. I liked it a lot.

Nonsense Novels by Stephen Leacock (1911)

Short parodies of popular storytelling conventions (the know-it-all detective, the ridiculous romance, the high seas thriller, etc). Some were okay and some were brilliant. Surprisingly modern.

Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse (1910)

What else can I say about Wodehouse? Very amusing.

Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain by Amy Jeffs (2021)

Jeffs tells her own versions of ancient legends accompanied by linoprints. Really impressive.

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