Our Summer Reads, Vol. 4 – Georgia Andrews

Summer is finally here, and with it, the best time of year to curl up with a book, free – at least in our heads – of all obligations to read anything out of obligation. Long-anticipated leisure reads, lakeside picnics, and much-needed sunshine. This June, the Attic on Eighth writers share what it is that they’re looking forward to reading this summer season.


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After a burnt-out autumn and a winter comprised largely of rest and future planning, I’ve earmarked 2019 as a year of reading for pleasure before finally commencing my theatre degree this October. For me, that means lots of fiction, the occasional drop of academia, and the opportunity to delve into the works of my favourite women writers and authors of colour. Recent summer reads finished in the sweaty, liminal space of the London Underground train from work to rehearsal include Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, suitably whetting my appetite for my impending month in Italy, and Mrs Gaskell and Me by Nell Stevens, a whimsical collage of the first and second person which alternates between exhausted postgraduate Nell in present-day London and an intellectually and socially stimulated Elizabeth Gaskell discovering 19th century Rome, hilariously critiquing the culture of academia and subjectivity of biography in the process.

Without further ado, here is the list of much-anticipated books currently piling up on bedroom surfaces and bookstore wish lists galore – enjoy! 

·     My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

·     Mrs Gaskell and Me, Nell Stevens

·     Comfort Zones, Various Authors

·     Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates

·     We That Are Young, Preti Taneja

·     Testosterone Rex, Cordelia Fine

·     Your Silence Will Not Protect You, Audre Lorde

·     Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

·     The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp

·     Strangers and Cousins, Leah Hager Cohen

·     The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi

·     An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison

·     Folk, Zoe Gilbert

·     This Love Story Will Self-Destruct, Leslie Cohen

·     Madness, Rack and Honey: Collected Lectures, Mary Ruefle

·     The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker

·     Frantumaglia, Elena Ferrante

·     Ayoade on Ayoade, Richard Ayoade

·     Tangerine, Christine Mangan

·     Character Breakdown, Zawe Ashton

·     Famous Men Who Never Lived, K Chess

·     Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays, Durga Chew-Bose

·     The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines, Mary Cowden Clarke

·     On Boxing, Joyce Carol Oates

·     The Empathy Exams: Essays, Lesley Jamison

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Georgia Andrews is a freelance actor, writer and facilitator currently based in East London (via Helsinki, Philadelphia and the Midlands). When not writing, acting or embracing “funemployment”, she can be found tending to her fifteen houseplants or curled up with a book.