WHERE — Milan
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty
Another installment of The Hit List: a round-up of the best things I read, listened to, watched, cooked and have generally been loving.
WHAT I READ
Bill Byrson is one of of my favourite authors, and although he’s technically a travel writer, his book A Short History of Nearly Everything (a tome which is kinda like ‘a guide to the world for dummies’) may be his most celebrated work. His most recent book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Byrson is in a similar style, except rather than explaining the history of the earth, it explores how our body functions (in layman’s terms, of course). I feel as though my description makes it sound more informative than interesting, but Bill Bryson is as inquistive as he is funny, so although you’ll learn a lot, you’ll also be entertained. It’s a must-read for a reason; it’s incredibly well-researched and informative, but it’s also super enjoyable to read.
And if you haven’t yet read A Short History of Nearly Everything, it’s time to rectify that asap. It was published in 2004, so you’ll defintely be able to find plenty of second hand copies around.
Lullaby by Leila Slimani was so hyped that it was translated from French (the orginal language) into English at lightening speed. It’s a horrific tale of a seemingly perfect nanny who ends up murdering the children she is supposed to look after. It’s a thriller sure, but the subject matter – namely that of young children being killed by the person who should be caring for them – twists this story into a whole other realm of dark.