From well-known and treasured stories including Aesop’s Fables, Black Beauty and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, to writers such as Michel de Montaigne, Anton Chekhov and T.S. Eliot, storytellers have used animals not only to capture the imagination of readers, but to deliver powerful and revealing messages about what it means to be human.
As part of our music-themed month on the blog, we’ve been asking our authors to talk us through four songs that have in some way shaped their writing. Erik Didriksen, whose Pop Sonnets blog sent the Internet into throes of mirth, is publishing a collection of his musical verse with 4th Estate this autumn. Here he talks us through four songs that just begged for an Elizabethan makeover…
In The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker, gives us a riveting tour of the wild landscape of twentieth-century classical music: portraits of individuals, cultures, and nations reveal the predicament of the composer in a noisy, chaotic century.
Here, as part of our music-themed month on the blog, we present an abridged version of the chapter-by-chapter Listening Guide that can be found in the back of the book, complete with corresponding Spotify playlists. Alex has also kindly updated his recommendations to accommodate the first years of the 21st Century.
A tip-of-the-iceberg introduction to a century of classical music, we recommend you immerse yourself in these recordings right away (and immerse yourself in the book immediately afterward!).
In the woods around our farm in Ireland, there were hazelnuts galore. We had to cross a few fields to get to them, but we’d come back with baskets and bags full of them, and we’d be cracking and eating them all the time. Hazelnuts and chocolate is a great combination, which is enhanced by a dash of Frangelico, the Italian hazelnut and herb liquer. Read more…
As part of our music-themed month on the blog, we’ve been asking our authors to talk us through four songs that have in some way shaped their writing. Here, Gavin Corbett reveals a record collection as varied and experimental as his novels, encompassing rowdy punk, twee pop, obscure Irish indie and ambient electronica.
Following on from the rapturously-received paperback editions of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy last month, here’s another novel that’s just as beautiful in paperback as it is in hardback – Scott Blackwood’s mesmerisingly written account of a triple murder and its legacy, See How Small.