As the prospect of long, lazy afternoons by the pool, or peaceful mornings on shady beaches nears, thoughts turn to the wonderful, immersive world of books, and ‘what are you reading at the moment’ is a question we hear a lot at this time of year. As we eagerly quiz friends and colleagues about their favourite reads and the best recommendations for whiling away the summer hours, we’ve compiled a list courtesy of the devoted bookworms working within the The Arts Club Dubai team.
Among the list are a children’s classic, some vintage science fiction, and a coming of age story from Nigeria. Take a look, get inspired, and happy reading.
I Will Fear No Evil, by Robert A. Heinlein (1970)
At the moment, I am re-reading my favourite book by American writer Robert A. Heinlein. It’s a science fiction novel that I would recommend because of its unusual concept. I think it’s remarkable that although this book was first published 52 years ago, many parts of the story are still reflected in life nowadays.
Vladimir Osnovin, Music Coordinator at The Arts Club Dubai
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)
The novel follows four male characters who strive for love, friendship and success in New York City. I wanted to read this book because it explores the complex fabric of gender roles in society and stereotypical masculinity. It’s excellent and I highly recommend it.
Sybel Vazquez, Head of Cultural Programming at The Arts Club Dubai
Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne (1926)
I’m very much enjoying revisiting this classic as I read it to my children. A.A. Milne’s simple stories of childhood friendships have been a pleasure to rediscover through the eyes of young readers, meeting these characters for the first time.
Ajaz Sheikh, CEO at The Arts Club Dubai
Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating, by Maura Reilly (2018)
Having shifted my career to be more art focused, I realised that my personal narrative is a major driver of passion. I want to dedicate my creative career aligning with my personal belief on love, religion and politics and this book by Maura Reilly examines all these topics and more.
Stavros Antypas, Cultural Programmer at The Arts Club Dubai
The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré (2020)
This is a beautiful yet poignant story of a teenage girl from Nigeria who pursues her dreams, despite the many challenges that come her way. I’ve been listening to the book on Audible and the outstanding narration by the actress Adjoa Andoh brings this story to life with tact and poise.
Jihane Miller, Director of Marketing at The Arts Club Dubai