Weekend Reading

Emma Herdman, from our Fiction Team, tells us why she’ll be spending the weekend with a certain Miss Jones…

I am so hugely excited about Helen Fielding’s announcement that she is writing a third Bridget Jones that this weekend I’ll be leafing through my beautiful Picador edition of the original Bridget Jones’s Diary and reminiscing about the first time I read it all those years ago. We’re tantalisingly unsure of many of the details (is she with Darcy? Is Cleaver still around? Will she have children?), but do know that it’s going to be published next autumn and set in present-day London. Bridget is probably one of my favourite weekend reads of all time, so I can’t wait to have a new one to add to my collection.

Another book that is lovely to dip in and out of is Oliver Sacks’ latest (beautiful) book, Hallucinations. Sacks is the master of making science totally readable and accessible, and this is no exception. It’s a really interesting look into what happens when the brain goes awry, and offers scientific explanations as to why we see ghosts, why people have religious experiences and a whole array of other “hallucinations” (including when people are on drugs – including Sacks himself). I’ve been reading it this week and been forcing people to listen to me attempt to explain the stories from the book very badly; I would recommend that you simply read it yourself and encourage others to do the same.

 

 

Finally, I’ll be trying to recreate the experience of going to see the Tim Walker exhibition Story Teller at Somerset House last weekend by having a look through the book. It’s an absolutely stunning set of photographs; bizarre, slightly sinister and endlessly fascinating. While there are some fashion photos (which you can see the props from in the exhibition!), there are also lots that look as though they’ve come out of a fairy tale book, and a sequence with a flying saucer in some odd places (a personal favourite being one on a hunt). It’s a great one for sitting around with friends looking at; a fantastic way to cheer up any dull Sunday afternoon.

 

 

This weekend I’ll be:

Gearing myself up for: the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition, Death: A Self Portrait

Going to see: Rust and Bone at the cinema

Making: some of Jamie Oliver’s Mulled Wine while browsing his new book.

 

Emma Herdman for Waterstones blog

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