Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

7 November

Please visit our Book Bulletin 2019 crowdfunding project at CrowdPatch to buy recommendations for our Winter 2019 catalogue and to volunteer your skills, experience and contacts. All funds raised will support not-for-profit Jolabokaflod CIC’s forthcoming programme of events.

The Beautiful and Damned
F Scott Fitzgerald
(UK: Collins Classics@HarperCollinsUK, 2013; USA: Canterbury Classics, not on Twitter, 2019)

This novel explores the world of America’s upper class during World War I and the beginning of the Jazz Age. Loosely based on Fitzgerald’s relationship with his wife, Zelda, the novel centres around Anthony Patch, a young East Coast socialite who is heir to his grandfather’s fortune and lacks motivation to pursue a meaningful career. In his attempt to find his place in society while waiting for his inheritance, Anthony loses himself to alcoholism; neglects his wife, Gloria; and struggles with the realities of everyday life.

UK: My Local Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | HiveWaterstones | WHSmith
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks)
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India: Bookstores in India (independents) | Amazon | Flipkart | Goodreads | InfibeamSapnaOnline
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | AmazonDubray | Eason | Kennys
Australia: (independents) | Amazon | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Dymocks | QBD Books
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Dymocks | Paper Plus | Whitcoulls
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Rest of the world: Book Depository | Wordery

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Kate Moss, Model, Actress and Businesswoman | Agency website: Kate Moss Agency; IMDb: Kate Moss

Kate was discovered in 1988 at the age of 14 by Sarah Doukas, Founder of Storm Model Management: she was in transit changing planes at JFK Airport in New York after a holiday in The Bahamas. Her first iconic shoot (entitled ‘The 3rd Summer of Love‘ was published in The Face magazine when she was 16: ] black-and-white photographs of her taken by Corinne Day and styled by Melanie Ward. Kate rise to global icon status was rapid and sustained, remaining in demand for modelling ever since.

Kate’s fashion fame has crossed boundaries into other cultural spheres. She has appeared in numerous films and music videos on account of her worldwide platform, often appearing as herself.

Kate is a high-profile philanthropist: she helped to launch the now-dissolved SamandRuby charity in 2006 (in remembrance of her friend – and her daughter – killed by the South-East Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 to provide funding for the education and shelter of Thai children); designed a charm in a necklace for Wallis in aid of Cancer Research UK in 2007. Kate has also supported War Child, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Hoping Foundation, the Lucie Blackman Trust, Make Poverty History (a campaign run by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty), Comic Relief and Homes of Hope.