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Spike Island summer reading

We've put together a shortlist of reading (including books, journals and one conversation) that we recommend to you this summer. 

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Sophie Mackintosh The Water Cure (2018, Penguin Books)

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation. Sophie Mackintosh brings us face to face with the brutality of love, demanding to know the price of survival in a hostile world. The Water Cure was recently longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

Sophie Mackintosh recently discussed The Water Cure at Spike Island Novel Writers – listen to a recording here.

Flann O'Brien The Third Policeman (1967, MacGibbon & Kee)

A surreal Irish novel featuring the interchanging of atoms between a man and his beloved bicycle.

Artist Harriet Bowman takes inspiration from Flann O'Brien’s The Third Policeman in her current Spike Island exhibition, All-Rounder (sad sale).

Caliban And The Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2017, Autonomedia)

A history of the body in the transition to capitalism, moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction.

Recommended reading in relation to artist Mai-Thu Perret’s forthcoming Spike Island exhibition (January 2019).

The Good Journal (2018, The Good Literary Agency)

A quarterly literary journal published in Bristol and showcasing the very best work by writers and illustrators of colour. It follows on from the success of the bestselling, award-winning collection of essays, The Good Immigrant, which presented exciting new writers alongside more established names.

Jacquetta Hawkes A Land (2012, The Collins Nature Library)

A Land is Jacquetta Hawkes’ seminal work, and a classic piece of British Nature writing. It is the history of the shaping of Britain and its people from the first, lifeless, Pre-Cambrian rocks to the days of the ice-cream carton and the hydrogen bomb

We are researching landscape in preparation for a group exhibition in summer 2019.

Documents of Contemporary Art: Practice (2018, Whitechapel Art Gallery)

Edited by Marcus Boon and Gabriel Levine, this is the first anthology to investigate what contemporary notions of practice mean for art, to trace their development and speculate on where this leads.

In Conversation: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Eley Williams (2018, The White Review, online)

Two recent Spike Island guests Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Eley Williams discuss the craft of writing in this essay for The White Review.