John O'Connell

  • 'Brilliant. The unwritten Bowie book that needed writing' CAITLIN MORAN 'What is your idea of perfect happiness?' 'Reading.' 'What is the quality you most like in a man?' 'The ability to return books.' Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - a list that formed something akin to an autobiography. From Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange , the Iliad to the Beano , these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was.

    In Bowie's Books , John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in.

    Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime: it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.

  • David Bowie était un lecteur compulsif qui ne se déplaçait jamais sans sa bibliothèque portative. Trois ans avant sa mort, en 2013, dans le cadre de la mémorable exposition qui lui a été consacrée, il a offert au public une liste des cent livres l'ayant le plus influencé. Dans cet ouvrage, John O'Connell a choisi de les passer en revue en examinant leur impact sur la vie et l'oeuvre de la star.
    Dans un premier temps, les titres semblent se succéder comme autant de pièces d'un puzzle insoluble : que viennent faire 1984 ou Sur la route à côté des Chants de Maldoror ? Fiction, essais, revues de bandes dessinées, occultisme, spiritualité, psychologie et histoire de l'art... La liste et les domaines qu'elle englobe sont pour le moins éclectiques !
    Au fil des pages, l'auteur nous abreuve d'indices et d'une mine d'anecdotes qui permettent de se faire une idée plus précise de cet artiste transformiste. Un éclairage passionnant sur un esprit curieux, qui a su se nourrir de ses diverses passions pour construire une carrière et une oeuvre devenues cultes.

  • Aged between 35 and 55, acutely conscious that life hasn't panned out quite the way you imagined it, having, or considering having, an affair, tired and emotional and generally depressed? If you have answered 'yes' to some of these questions then congratulations, you are officially experiencing 'midlife'. The question is, are you surviving it? Getting the meagre most out of it? Probably not. This book embraces everything from blogging and Boden to wine, worry lines, and infidelity to Ikea. Your very own guide to getting through the middle years more gracefully, it will make you laugh and at times it may even be genuinely helpful.

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