Poetry and Meditation Workshop
March 22, 2018
Piñata by Chloe Turner
March 28, 2018

Recommended Reads

Here are the MIROnline team’s recommendations for March. We hope you enjoy them. James


"Williams' stories expand awkward moments of longing into pages of wittily detailed anxiety and obsession. Funny, playful and sweet, she toys with language to make sense of the world." - Kate Ellis

Attrib. and other stories by Eley Williams


"Folk is set on the island of Neverness, an enchanting world which draws you in to it’s half-myth half-real existence. For some this book will be a collection of connected short stories, for others a novel but for everyone it is a joy of wonderful writing and imagination." - Alison Hitchcock

Folk by Zoe Gilbert


"The first in the Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation is one of my favourite recent reads. The world building is fantastic, the details and descriptions really place you with the characters. The build-up and tension is well-paced and the protagonist, referred to throughout as the biologist, was such a different character to follow." - Lyndsey Garrett

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer


"Shortlisted for this year’s Jhalak Prize, The Golden Legend is a fascinating look at the divides that society constructs and how they can be overcome. When Nargis’s husband is caught up in a shooting in the street, he dies before she can tell him the great secret she has kept from him for years. An extraordinary book that isn’t afraid to confront the politics and issues of religion." - Louise Hare

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam


"‘Essays Permitting Shame, Error and Guilt, Myself the Single Source.’ Blanchfield's mind is a fascinating tardis. He writes with intimacy, intelligence and humour about subjects ranging from frottage to house sitting to tumbleweed. His recall for pivotal moments is miraculous, poetic and honest." - Kate Ellis

Proxies: A Memoir in Twenty-Four Attempts by Brian Blanchfield


"Behind every ‘great’ artist are those they use, abuse, seduce, inspire. With noble eloquence and an exquisite, watchful eye, Joyce Johnson, lover and companion of Jack Kerouac at the zenith of his career, depicts what it is to be a minor character in the life of a legendary figure." - Stella Klein

Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir by Joyce Johnson


"The year is 1785 and when merchant Jonah Hancock discovers that one of his captains has sold his ship in exchange for a mermaid, he is more than slightly dismayed. As word of its existence spreads, bringing him into the world of beautiful courtesan Angelica Neal, his life is changed forever. Full of impeccable historical detail that draws the reader into Georgian London." - Louise Hare

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar


"Smart, sexy, dark and hilarious. Machado uses tight, inventive and genre defying forms to explore (among other things) sexuality and the end of the world. Exciting stuff." - Kate Ellis

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado