Welcome to the 11th edition of Shiny New Books
Who could have guessed that in the past two months we would see so much political, social and economic turmoil? Who knew that we would be standing on the brink of historic change with all the uncertainty it comprises?
Well, we can’t do much about politics here, but we can at least stay the same and provide you with the best in fiction, non-fiction and reprints from the midsummer months. And our Bookbuzz section is full of the usual author features and interviews.
For here at Shiny, we do believe in the power of reading, and we’re not alone. Reading can bring great escapist comfort, as philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer knew: ‘I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage,’ he said.
If you need instruction or enlightenment, then reading is the obvious place to turn. Comic and commentator Will Rogers makes the case that ‘There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.’
And if recent events have left any of our readers sore and troubled, then the words of the legendary James Baldwin may encourage you: ‘You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.’
So all that’s left is for you to click through to our contents pages and find the books that will bring you comfort, enlightenment and courage. We’re pretty sure you’ll find them there!
Happy Reading from the Shiny Eds
Harriet, Annabel, Victoria, and Simon