25 april-2 may bookish roundup

Suzanne O’Sullivan’s book ‘It’s All in Your Head’ was announced as the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize of 2016. This is a thought-provoking book that explores various medically unexplained psychosomatic illnesses, and the stigma that goes alongside them. This sounds fascinating – I’m definitely going to try to get my hands on this.

A 50,000 word treatise by Walt Whitman has been rediscovered. What about? How to be a man…: ‘America has mentality enough, but needs a far nobler physique…’ ‘…there is no doubt, as things now are, among the young men of modern civilised life, in cities, that a healthy manly virility seems to be almost lost – seems to have given place to a morbid, almost insane, pursuit of women, especially of the lowest ranges of them, for the mere repetition of the sensual pleasure.’ FANTASTIC.

Much like last year, the 2016 Hugo Awards came with their fair share of controversy. It seems that Vox Day’s followers attempted to take control of the nominations once again, leading to the exclusion of diverse and minority voices. Nominations included Day’s own essay: “SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police”. Yeah.

You Love to Hate Me is a compilation of short stories published by Bloomsbury that will be coming out June this year. The interesting part? It is from the point-of-view of various famous villains, and will be co-written by authors and booktubers. This is a really interesting new development, in my mind. YouTube really seems the place to be!

Finally, some recent new publications include:

  • Scarlett Says by Goggle-boxer Scarlett Moffatt
  • The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Have a great week, everyone. Read lots!


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