FQ Book Club: Autumn Edition

27 May 2021
By Fashion Quarterly

Snuggle up with a FQ recommended read this autumn!

Photo by Valdemaras D. on Unsplash

The Panic Years

When Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton recommend a book, you know it’s going to be a good read. With the recently released guide The Panic Years, renowned journalist Nell Frizzell provides a loving embrace for all women currently navigating the answers to the age-old, grown-up question: Should I have a baby? A bible for the in-between years, after adolescence and before menopause, Frizzell provides an honest yet hilarious account of her panic years, while hand-holding you through yours too.

Milk Fed

Melissa Broder’s latest masterpiece, Milk Fed delves into the mind of twenty-something Rachel, who is encouraged to take a 90-day communication detox from her calorie-counting mother. Soon after this detox begins, Rachel becomes entangled with Miriam, a zaftig young Orthodox Jewish woman who takes her on a funny yet frank journey of self-exploration — of vulnerability, physical hunger, sexual desire, and spirituality.

Burnt Sugar

2020 Booker–shortlisted novel by Avni Doshi tells the story of mother and daughter, and the unconventional role reversal that Antara must now employ with her mother, Tara, who is declining in health and memory. Set in Pune, India, and written over seven years, Doshi explores the themes of identity, co-authorship of memory, resentment, and obsession that binds a maternal relationship.


Loved Clothes Last

If you too are an activist — or aspiring activist — for sustainability in fashion, then this is the read for you. Fashion Revolution founder Orsola de Castro details exactly how you can make a difference to your fashion consumption and explains the environmental challenges that our planet faces as a result. From scrutinising your everyday shopping habits to a deep dive into clothing after-care, de Castro offers the most practical of tips to spark joy in re-wearing and repairing your wardrobe — ensuring that your love for fashion will not cost the earth. 

How Beautiful We Were

The New York Times bestselling author Imbolo Mbue is back with her second novel, a powerful yet heart-wrenching story set in a fictional African village fraught with fear amid the environmental toxicity of an American oil company. Written from the perspectives of children and the family of a soon-to-be revolutionist, Thula, the novel explores the recklessness of capitalism and the people’s courage and resilience — in the face of colonialism — in keeping a land that is so rightly theirs. 

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