bookhaus: our current picks

Our poetry stock is blossoming, here’s a couple we think you’ll love…

After the Formalities, Anthony Anaxagorou – Anaxagorou ‘speaks against the darkness’, tracking the male body under pressure from political and historical forces, and celebrates the precarious joy of parenthood. The title poem is a meditation on racism and race science that draws on the poet’s Cypriot heritage and is as uncomfortable as it is virtuosic. We are THRILLED to announce that Anthony will be joining us on the 28th of October to read from his newest collection (out in October) at our Bring Down the Haus Poetry Session exploring Poetry of Heritages and Roots. Tickets available here.

Brave Little Sternums, Matt Broomfield – “The revolution is living, ugly, beautiful, writhing, self-contradictory, hopelessly compromised, and utterly worth fighting for.” This collection raises serious questions and seeks to capture the energy of Rojava, so often overlooked by the primary-coloured propaganda and grey criticism of our media.

Lea says: “I haven’t read a collection like this in a very very long time – highly political, urgent, educational + uncomfortable! This is want I want from poetry!”

In fiction, we’re loving…

Still Born, Guadalupe Nettel, translated by Rosalind Harvey – Still Born explores + deepens our understanding of motherhood (and all things involved in mothering; such as life, death, relationships, love, desire, etc.) Deeply feminist, intelligent + alive; Guadalupe Nettel illustrates the power of community between women in all forms and shapes. A gripping, passionate meditation on mothers, daughters + sisters. Explore the complexity of the protagonists’ emotions when they are confronted with the contradictions that make up the lives + experiences of women everywhere, read this book for an honest dive into the world of maternal ambivalence.

Our Share of Night, Mariana Enriquez – Dive into a dark + erotic world tense with horror + the sticky darkness of the Argentinian night, following the deeply immersive + emotionally sensitive story of a father and son trying to escape the evil haunting of the order. It demonstrates the extent of what wealth + corruption can do to us in very rich + occult writing. The orders wealth, violence + death-drive pervade every place + destroy every person who comes into their orbit which will leave you feeling dizzy for a few weeks.

Down with the Poor!, Shumona Sinha – A provocative + deep-rooted book about class, poverty, migration, borders, fear + self-loathing. Sinha’s use of language is absolutely beautiful + captivating, doesn’t let your imagination escape. (I mean: “What the words invented, the body belied. I no longer knew where the body stopped, where the language began. I no longer knew where the borders and barbed-wire fences began nor where the country ended.”) If you are looking for a brilliant combination of poetic force and urgency in writing, this one is for you!!

You know we’re strong on non-fiction! See our recommendations…

The Nerves And Their Endings. essays on crisis and response, Jessica Gaitán Johannesson – The body as a measuring tool for planetary harm. A nervous system under increasing stress. In this urgent collection that moves from the personal to the political and back again, writer, activist, and migrant Jessica Gaitán Johannesson explores how we respond to crises. She draws parallels between an eating disorder and environmental neurosis, examines the perils of an activist movement built on non-parenthood, dissects the privilege of how we talk about hope, and more. The synapses that spark between these essays connect essential narratives of response and responsibility, community and choice, belonging and bodies. They carry vital signals.

Nayya says: ” I’m currently reading the Nerves + their Endings – gorgeously composed, this is a beautiful exploration of crisis + connection. Can’t wait to finish + share with my loved ones.”

Abolition. Feminism. Now., Angela Davis et al In this landmark work, four of the world’s leading scholar-activists issue an urgent call for a truly intersectional, internationalist, abolitionist feminism. As this book shows, abolitionism and feminism stand shoulder-to-shoulder in fighting a common cause: the end of the carceral state, with its key role in perpetuating violence, both public and private, in prisons, in police forces, and in people’s homes. Abolitionist theories and practices are at their most compelling when they are feminist; and a feminism that is also abolitionist is the most inclusive and persuasive version of feminism for these times.

Happening, Annie Ernaux –  a narratively-presented autobiographical account of her seeking out an illegal abortion during her university years in the early ‘60s.

What can we learn from making narratives out of our experiences? Happening interrogates the non-linear ruptures of trauma – recounting her abortion in a France where aborting is illegal. “I realize this account may exasperate or repel some readers; it may also be branded as distasteful. I believe that any experience, whatever its nature, has the inalienable right to be chronicled. There is no such thing as a lesser truth. Moreover, if I failed to go through with this undertaking, I would be guilty of silencing the lives of women and condoning a world governed by the patriarchy.”