This February, our Books of the Month venture from the counterculture and art scene in Mexico City and New York in the 1970s and 80s to a moving homage to friendship and exile from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Fiction Book Of The Month

Fiction Book Of The Month

Fiction Book Of The Month

My Friends by Hisham Matar

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return comes a tender, moving account of male friendship and political exile. After joining a protest outside the Libyan embassy in London, which quickly turns violent and ultimately ends in tragedy, the lives of the characters are forever changed. Over the next forty years, we follow them as their relationships evolve and change, grappling with ideas of home, belonging and what it is to live a life in exile. Timely and true, with beautiful, affirming prose, My Friends demonstrates the power and importance of human connection in times of hardship.

Non-Fiction Book Of The Month

Non-Fiction Book Of The Month

Non-Fiction Book Of The Month

The Promised Party by Jennifer Clement

From childhood, Jennifer Clement was surrounded by art. Indeed, the home of famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, with its resplendent cobalt-blue exterior and sunshine yellow kitchen floor, was the house next to hers. Her childhood was filled with revolutionaries, artists, and creatives, all of which, in some way, facilitated her freedom and curiosity. Thus, upon finding herself on the New York art scene in the 1980s - a world also inhabited by the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and William Burroughs - she felt understandably at home. Written in short, fragmentary chapters, The Promised Party chronicles a life lived in and around art: from a bohemiam childhood to a life on the counterculture scene in 1980s New York, Clement weaves her story in exquisite detail, conjuring a memoir that brims with youth, desire and freedom.

Previous Non-Fiction Books of the Month

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Siena
Stuffed
The Book at War
The Palace
Piccadilly
Twilight Cities
Letters for the Ages Winston Churchill
Next to Nature
Immortal Thoughts
The Earth Transformed
The Blazing World
To The One I Love The Best
A Private Spy
A History of Britain in Just a Minute
Clouds over Paris: The Wartime Notebooks of Felix Hartlaub
Femina
Orwell's Roses
Letters to Camondo
A Waiter in Paris
The Ship Asunder

Previous Fiction Books of the Month

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Second Best
Julia
Cahokia Jazz
The Wren, The Wren
Mercury Pictures Presents
The Go-between
The Uncommon Reader
The Glass Pearls (Faber Editions)
In Memoriam
Victory City
The Leviathan
Bournville
The Romantic
The Marriage Portrait
Daughters and Sons
The Trio
Tiepolo Blue
The Young Pretender
Booth
Sell Us the Rope