01 juli 2019

Can climate change save the publishing industry?

Here we are again. As I write another heatwave blankets Europe, causing June’s temperature records to be exceeded once again, and triggering alerts in many countries concerned with these ever more frequent events. That being said, there is one place where no one is worried—the publishing industry.

Sitting on every park bench, lounging by every canal, and nestled under every tree—people reading books. June marks the start of the yearly literature revival as we head outside in droves, tucked under our arms the books we’d always said we’d read. The second iteration in a series you started years ago, or a classic you’d always wanted to be able to tell people you’ve read; regardless of your choice, go out and find a spot where you can get caught up in confusion and comedy, or perhaps sadness and tragedy—for an interesting blend of all four, try David Cameron’s upcoming memoir about his political career.

June marks the start of the yearly literature revival

If you find yourself looking for some suggestions, here are a few I can recommend:

> The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman- a thoroughly heart-warming read interwoven with action that can be both side-splittingly funny and terrifyingly tense. As a coming-of-age novel it offers a charming view of rural England, with just enough satire to let you know it isn’t taking itself too seriously.

> Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris- many have seen Anthony Hopkins's performance of this infamous villain in the film adaptation, but nothing you may have seen on-screen quite lives up to how excellently Harris gets Lecter under your skin as the book plays out.

> Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward- the subject of my recent coursework, this book is a fascinating read for those interested in books dealing with difficult memories, racism, and living in the American South. Ward keeps you turning the page with a touch of mysticism, as the characters negotiate the struggles of being poor and black in Mississippi.

It is predicted that these heatwaves will get more and more frequent thanks to ongoing climate breakdown, and thus we will have more and more opportunities to get through our reading lists. Because what better way is there to spend a sunny afternoon?

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