Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life (Paperback)John O'connell (author)
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Just what does it take to influence a creative genius? The list of literary greats that David Bowie claimed as his favourite reads provides a fascinating insight into the mind-set of rock’s quintessential chameleon. O’Connell’s short essays convey the power and import of these titles both to the man himself and the world at large.
A Times Book of The Year
'What is your idea of perfect happiness?'
'What is the quality you most like in a man?'
'The ability to return books.'
Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - a list that formed something akin to an autobiography. From Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was. In Bowie's Books, John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in.
Brilliantly illustrated throughout and the perfect gift for Bowie fans and book lovers, Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime: it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 238 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'You can only truly know a pop star through his bookshelf. John O'Connell's brilliant, gossipy book gives you a whole new secret David Bowie: the reader. This is the unwritten Bowie book that needed writing.' - Caitlin Moran
'Splendid. Provides plenty of evidence of Bowie's restless, rummaging intelligence, and his pleasure in the fact that books allow readers to slip into someone else's skin and try it on for size.' - The Times
'A witty and enlightening analysis of Bowie's 100 essential books . . . A handy, amusing, light-touch precis' - Observer
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