Shelf Isolation #3

While the Bath Festivals team is self-distancing this spring, we’re keen to share with you (and each other) the books on our shelves that inspire us during these uncertain times. Keep an eye on our blog and social media for regular recommendations from the Bath Festivals team! Next to share her picks is Kate Abbey, Literature Programmer.

#ShelfIsolation – Kate Abbey

Not an easy task to pull out a few favourites from a very loved and very large book collection but here goes! I’ve been lucky enough to see the first three authors on my list at The Bath Festival in May 2019 and have so enjoyed reading their books and remembering their wonderful talks.

How the World Thinks by Julian Baggini is a fantastic tour through world philosophies including countries such as Japan, China, India and the Muslim World.

Natalie Haynes has written a female retelling of the Trojan War and the devastating consequences that follows its fall. A Thousand Ships is clever and timely.

Paul Dolan is a Professor of Behavioural Science and author of Happiness by Design which looks at how to find pleasure and purpose in everyday life. It changed how I think about happiness and how I find it. Funny and perceptive.

I love Nicci Gerrard’s books. Solace is a compelling story of marriage, infidelity, family and surviving everyday life. She also writes psychological bestselling thrillers with her husband Sean French as Nicci French – also highly recommended!

Down Second Avenue by Ezekiel Mphahlele is an autobiography of a black man growing up in South Africa. Published over 65 years ago it’s still a landmark book that details a life of poverty under an apartheid regime.

I couldn’t not include something by Margaret Atwood! I first read The Robber Bride twenty years ago and I was immediately hooked. A book examining women’s friendships and full of rage, wit and insight.

Wendy Cope is one of my favourite poets. Two Cures for Love is her at her best, dry, deadpan, witty and original.

We’d love to know what our audiences been reading! Do you have a shelf that you would love to share? Post your #ShelfIsolation recommendations on Instagram or Twitter and tag @TheBathFestival

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Previous Shelf Isolations
Shelf Isolation #1 – Stephanie Massie (Head of Development)
Shelf Isolation #2 – Elysia Collins (Production Coordinator)

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