Here at Fluid we crave creativity which is why #WorldBookDay is a day we celebrate. So to dedicate our passion for creativity we’ve collectively decided on 10 books we’ve read, relished and recommend. As we both know you’ll look at this list and think “yes, i’ll definitely read those” but you won’t so we’ve pretty much summed them up for you all to pretend like you have.
“His final masterpiece. Enthralling and indispensible for understanding modern history” – Timothy Garton Ash
Published in 1949, George Orwell shared with the world his eerie prophecy of the future through the words of this dystopian novel. It follows the story of an ordinary man, Winston Smith, hidden in the Record Department of the Ministry of Truth. Mr Smith goes on to rewrite the past to accomodate his needs of the Party, whilst fighting his internal battle of rebelling against the demands of obedience and control in the world he lives in. Betrayel and Romance follows him in his secret love affair with colleague Julia. The observation of governments controlling the masses by controlling the flow of information through the media is possibly more pertinent today than ever before. This is definitely a must read for those with political opinions or just like a bit of thrill.
“There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written” – Sunday Times
Warm, powerful, and emotionally compelling, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior through a childhood in a torpid southern town. Told through the eyes of eight year old Scout, she relays the story of her father, Atticus Finch, as he attempts to defend a black man in a trial. During the books publishing in 1960, racial discrimination widely effected America. Therefore, this novel is a piece of history, and a key piece of literature in the war to create an educated and cultured world where people do not try to classify one another based upon their physical appearance. A truly none forgettable book.
“A story that traverses continents, spans worlds of human experience and human pain … Waris Dirie was a victim once, but she never will be again” – Express
She was mutilated at five, fled an arranged marriage at 12, then became a Pirelli girl in her teens. Now Waris Dirie is an ambassador for the UN. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story. Completely alone, we follow Waris as she travels alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an international fashion model and human rights activist. This book is heartening both for Ms. Dirie’s rise-and-overcome tale and for the reminder that a helping hand from a stranger can still occasionally be found in this unkind world.
“The touching story will not only inform you of changing conditions in Pakistan, but inspire your rebellious spirit.” – Matthew Love-Time Out New York
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. This best selling memoir tells the story of how Malala single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls, and all children, to be educated into headline news. After recovering from being shot point-blank in the head on the bus home from school, Ms Yousafzai has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. This is not only the incredible story of an amazing young woman but that of her whole family and what life was/is like under the Taliban. It is truly an inspirational account of their courage in standing up for their beliefs in the face of incredible strain and adversity.
“This is the most important book on the real politics of the UK in my lifetime, and the only one you will ever need to read. You will be enlightened and angry” – Irvine Welsh
Each chapter of this book is a eerie descent into the obscure world of The Establishment, where government ministers strike deals with media moguls, corporate giants and the police. With a passionate plea for democracy, author Owen Jones opens our eyes to show that behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. A truly chilling account of who really pulls the strings in the UK. No matter what your political views, The Establishment makes for a highly interesting reading.
“A complex and increasingly chilling tale courtesy of a number of first-person narratives that will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers” – Irish Times
This best selling book graced us in 2015 and became a number one in the box office of last year. Narrated by three female characters all interlinked in some way, this psychological thriller focuses on Rachel, a struggling alcoholic who admits to blacking out. Whilst on her daily commute on the train she creates a fantasy around a woman she’s never met. Until that fantasy comes crashing down and Rachel becomes witness to a horror no one should ever see. She takes it upon herself to piece together her blackout and solve the mystery. A rollercoaster of dread and unease becomes you as you read this book.
“Unforgettable … extraordinary. It is so powerful that for a long time after everything I read seemed bland” – Isabel Allende
The Kite Runner is an unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. Set against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. What is unknown to both of them is the event that is to shatter their lives. Capturing a young boys innocence turning into maturity and his determination to help his friend. A tale of fierce cruelty and yet redeeming love, as well as of an intimate account of family and friendship.
“Remains our great satire of the darker face of modern history” – Malcolm Bradbury
Of course George Orwell has been placed into our list twice. Since its publication in 1946 Animal Farm has been praised as one of the most powerful pieces of fictional political writing in the twentieth century. When the abused animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a devious and ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. By using a farm and its inhabitants to represent the places and main characters of the time, Orwell tells the story of the Russian Bolshevik revolution. This book summarises his view coming out of WW II into the cold war era: Are us humans still acting like animals?
“A thought-provoking, emotionally intelligent and considered exploration…I was gripped and couldn’t put it down.” — Daily Mail
This is a book about the complicatons of relationships and domestic violence. Main character Effie Abbott has a whirl wind romance and marriage to the dashing barrister Oliver after suffering a horrible break-up with Smith only for him to show back up again. As cracks start to show in her marriage and Oliver starts to show a darker side, we watch Effie’s life unfold as she fights conflicting feelings for 2 men who have let her down in different ways.
“As twisted as a mountain road, Blackhurst’s fast-moving and unputdownable debut will keep you glued to your seat” – Alex Marwood
We have a thing for psychological thriller’s here at Fluid it seems. We follow Susan Webster who was convicted of killing her baby son, Dylan. Three years later, after having no memory of the events of his murder, she is released under a new identity. However, someone keeps sending packages to her original name, telling her that her son is still alive. The book sees us following Susan on her search for the truth with dark twists and suprising secrets revealling themselves along the way.
We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and hopefully you get a chance to read them all at some point.