Bristol Festival of Ideas
May 30, 2015 3:30 pm
A 1980s movie extravaganza where Hadley Freeman will be reflecting on the American cult classics…
Here’s our round-up of 4th Estate’s biggest books of 2012. These are the books that made 2012 better, funnier, more entertaining and, in the case of Bad Pharma, angrier. We’re sure you’ll have your favourites and we’d love to hear them too.
The book that needs no introduction, 2012 was truly Hilary Mantel’s year. Bring Up the Bodies is a darker and more violent installment of the Cromwell trilogy; the Spectator described it perfectly as ‘an imaginative achievement to exhaust superlatives’. With this book, Hilary Mantel became the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes, as well as being the first to win with two consecutive novels. But stop reading about Bring Up the Bodies, and just have a read for yourself. There’s no better way to start the year.
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Certainly not, if you consider any of the following books old friends. Now’s the time to download and re-read these recent classics, or even get to know them for the first time, as all these authors have fabulous new titles out next year. So what better way to fire up your Kindle, kick-start your Kobo or get hooked on your Nook…
Merry Christmas everyone! I can picture the scene now – egg-nog a plenty, wafts of turkey drifting in from the kitchen and flashes of wrapping paper propelled across the room by mischievous animals (just me then?). You might just have awoken to a brand new e-reader, so it’s only right that we flag up the best 4th Estate books to begin building your e-library.
Still searching for that perfect gift? Look no further. 4th Estate is home to many longlisted, shortlisted and prize-winning authors and you can rest assured that whoever you’re buying for will be thrilled to unwrap these amazing reads.
It’s cold and dark outside and, as usual, the question looms: what do you buy your mother, sister, niece or special lady to show her that not only do you care, but that you really ‘get her’? Behold, a list of books for every woman in your life which unlike bath salts, hand creams or cheap jewellery are guaranteed to stay with them forever.