FASHION BOOKCLUB! GEORGIA’S READS

A self-confessed pantologist, Georgia East divides most of her time between her clothing label FORTUNE and her food blog East After Noon. While a combination of fashion and food might not seem like such a bad thing, it is Georgia’s penchant for spending all afternoon curled up with a book and box of brownies that means she often has to increase FORTUNE’s sample sizes in order to wear her own creations.

Although an original wordsmith and Shakespeare groupie, Georgia has a love for food so strong that by rights she might have been better off with the haute cuisine crowd. However, as she reckons she can do simple far better than complicated, she’s opted for a career as a writer and food stylist and is quite content to take one of Anthony Bourdain’s cookbooks to bed with her at night for some light reading.

Well, if you can’t have the real thing…

THE STYLIST'S NOTEBOOK GEORGIA'S READS!

FEAR OF FLYING- ERICA JONG

I first read this Seventies feminist classic in high school after my mother picked it up in dog-eared paperback form at a flea market. Although titillated by the amount of filthy words it contained, it also awoke within me the desire to never settle for anything less than exactly what I want. Isadora White is a writer caught between her family’s societal expectations of her, her husband’s lack of warmth and her own search for the ultimate brief sexual encounter – the veritable “zipless fuck”. Hilariously uncensored and yet ultimately relatable, Fear of Flying was my introduction to feminism and one read that I make a habit of revisiting a few times a year.

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SHE’S COME UNDONE- WALLY LAMB

Wally Lamb is one of the few writers I’ve had the pleasure of reading that is able to make his characters so well-rounded and yet so fallible, that they truly come alive. A true bildungsroman, She’s Come Undone tells the story of Dolores Price, who by no means is ultimately likeable, but one can’t help rooting for her nonetheless. Set over a period of 40 years, with popular culture references juxtapositioned against her life, Dolores’ story is one of heartbreak but also of an unbreakable human spirit. This book succeeds in bringing on the tears, but amounts to such a beautiful dénouement that you’ll want to re-read almost as soon as you’ve completed it.

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FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS: A SAVAGE JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM- HUNTER S THOMPSON

I’m not usually a book-to-film person, but since the original story appeared in Rolling Stone in 1971, I can overlook the cultish appeal and enjoy what is lauded to be some of Thompson’s best Gonzo journalism work. Partly autobiographical, Fear & Loathing tells, through a debauched few days in Seventies Vegas, how the once-pure notion of the American Dream of the 1960s and their counterculture movement failed to secure the kind of utopia that the term once visualised. If one is able to look through the hallucinogenic haze that made this story so appealing to hordes of school-age stoners and understand that Thompson wrote Fear & Loathing to be a swansong for the free-love idealism of the Sixties – the feeling that through solidarity, good would always triumph over evil. The San Francisco Acid Wave description is particularly evocative and a defining literary moment for anyone that has ever embraced the idealism of Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

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THE ADRIAN MOLE DIARIES- SUE TOWNSEND

I can’t resist a bit of British humour – and Adrian Mole and his family never disappoint. Set over the course of eight books that are rich in witticism, tea culture and Adrian’s father George’s constant desire to move away from proletarianism to the middle classes (but he still puts HP sauce on his toast) is a joy to read for anyone that has ever been fascinated by the Royal Family, boil-in-the-bag curry, Skegness rock, Margaret Thatcher, intellectualism and bad poetry. Adrian is pedantic, anal-retentive and in denial about his abilities as a writer which makes for hilarious reading, especially so when contrasted against his baby boomer parents, his more successful friends and his disastrous love life. A thoroughly entertaining glimpse into middle-class England that goes best with a cuppa and a chocolate digestive.

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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS – KHALED HOSSEINI

A heart-wrenching depiction of the love shared between women. Set in war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns follows Laila and Mariam as they attempt to survive their abusive husband, poverty and the violent political consequences for being a female while living under Taliban rule. The selfsame author of The Kite Runner, only Hosseini is able to make the emotion of love the central pivot in a story whose themes may often be unbearable to read. It is that emotion – hidden yet beautifully potent – that results in a patient, intricate story that examines the connection between improbable friendships and the strength that grows between them.

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