Summer Reads 2014

Here are the titles the LRB Bookshop team will be taking on holiday this summer, including Rose George's appropriately named Deep Sea and Foreign Going, Anya Von Bremzen's memoir of food and family in the Soviet Union and Ronald Blythe's glorious recollections of his years in Aldeburgh, living in the shadow of Britten and Pears.

All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld

From the publisher:

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, ...


Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Anya Von Bremzen

From the publisher:

Born in a surreal Moscow communal apartment where eighteen families shared one kitchen, the author grew up singing odes to Lenin, black-marketeering Juicy Fruit gum at ...


Never Any End to Paris

Enrique Vila-Matas

From the publisher:

Trying to be Ernest Hemingway is never easy. After reading A Moveable Feast, aspiring novelist Enrique Vila-Matas moves to Paris to be closer to his literary idol, Ernest ...


A Place in the Country

W. G. Sebald, translated by Jo Catling

From the publisher:

When the author travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and ...


Shakespeare’s Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne, edited by Stephen Greenblatt and Peter Platt, translated by John Florio

From the publisher:

This new edition of this seminal work, edited by Stephen Greenblatt and Peter G. Platt, features an adroitly modernized text, an essay in which Greenblatt discusses both the ...