One of the more harrowing books reviewed on this blog is Sven Lindqvist’s Exterminate All the Brutes, a history-cum-travel book which investigates the dark history of European colonialism and brutal extermination of indigenous peoples. It’s a very worthwhile read, described by the director of the TV-series as an ‘incredible explosion’. Raoul Peck’s Exterminate All the Brutes, inspired by Lindkqvist’s book, will air from 1st May on HBO in the US and Sky Documentaries and NOW in the UK. Reviews of the film are divided but the book remains good!
Soon you’ll be able to watch a series based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner The Underground Railroad on Amazon, directed by none other than Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). In the meantime, I can highly recommend reading this surprising and excellent book. Read our full review here.
Who needs flowers when you can chuckle through Carol Ann Duffy’s very funny (and equally serious) collection of poems celebrating the women in the shadows of their ‘great’ men? Through stories, myths and fairy tales we hear from the plus-ones: Mrs Faust, Frau Freud, Anne Hathaway, Mrs Icarus, Mrs Darwin and many more. A perfect way to start Mother’s day.
7 April 1852
Went to the Zoo.
I said to Him –
Something about that Chimpanzee over there reminds me of you.