4 books you need to read!
Editor’s reading list: Jaiden James
As the Menswear Editor at Primark, I write a lot! But I also read a lot, too. Nothing beats a good book – especially in summer. I love soaking up the sun in my local park and losing myself in another world for an hour or two. Planning on going away this summer? Then a good book is a major must, from classic African lit to modern tales of struggling with poverty. I’ve put together a list of great reads to let you travel while traveling – giving you the perfect picks for a little escapism.
"Things Fall Apart", Chinua Achebe:
Lately I’ve been getting more and more interested in my heritage (Nigerian), and "Things Fall Apart" is a great place to start. It tells the story of a well-respected Nigerian warrior, Okonkwo, from the Igbo tribe. The book charts the traditions and customs of pre-colonial Nigeria in rich and vivid detail. Achebe knows his stuff: it’s an outstanding novel that highlights the effects of colonization on the country.
Édouard Louis, "The End of Eddy":
Louis is the new wunderkind of French lit: "End of Eddy" was published when he was only 21! The book tells Louis’s own tale of growing up in a small French village. And how he learned to navigate and survive in a tough world, where hunger was always at the door. It's a frank read that'll get you thinking about the world we live in.
"Brooklyn", Colm Tóibín:
Tóibín’s "Brooklyn" is the tale of a young Irish girl, Eilis Lacey, who leaves her hometown for New York. This is an amazing book for anyone who’s thinking of packing up and starting life anew. It’s an honest description of what it feels like to leave home for new pastures, feel homesick but push forward and eventually learn to get immersed in a new life.
"Nothing... Except My Genius", Oscar Wilde:
Sometimes I love a light read; it’s been said that the greatest writers know how to say the most with least words. Oscar Wilde was a great example: he was always brilliant at writing thought-provoking lines that linger. "Nothing... Except My Genius" is a compilation of his wittiest lines showing a master at his best!
So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re heading to the beach, having a staycation or just chilling this summer, all these titles offer a great read – you’ll be richer for reading them!