5 From 4th Estate

January may be well underway, but before you sweep 2013 under the carpet forever, spend a little time looking back on the year’s hits and misses. Here, some of the brightest lights in British publishing, including our own Nicholas Pearson, take the lead, as well as providing plenty of material for 2014’s To Read pile.


If you’ve been finding it hard to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, find more inspiration from the great and the good here. We particularly endorse Susan Sontag’s resolution to ‘have lunch only with Roger [her publisher]. (‘No, I don’t go out for lunch.’ Can break this rule once every two weeks).’


Five things in a list…which so far have exclusively been other lists…bit basic and unsophisticated?…THINK AGAIN. In the season of ‘To Do’ Lists, revisit this excellent interview with the supremely erudite and sophisticated Umberto Eco on why he likes ‘lists for the same reason other people like football or paedophilia’, or here is a handily compiled list (!!!!) of his key points.


T.S. Eliot, another great cultural behemoth, was obviously longing for a seasonal list, with this much quoted statement, that ‘last year’s words belong to this year’s language / And next year’s words await another voice.’ The BBC have obediently compiled ‘last year’s words’ here – many of which we’ll be happy to see replaced by ‘another voice’. Could anything be less ‘amazeballs’ than the word itself?


And finally, spot the 4th Estate authors creeping into the public eye in weird and wonderful  ways.


– Lettice Franklin

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