Rebel Library Recommends

Guest contributor: Max Porter

The novelist Max Porter recommends three books: The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman by Davi Kopenawa & Bruce Albert, Living With Trees by Robin Walter and Notes from Deep Time by Helen Gordon.

Max Porter is the author of The Death of Francis Bacon, praised as ‘a miniature masterpiece’, and ‘a feat of empathy, imagination and literary brio’. His Sunday Times bestseller Lanny was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize and the 2019 Wainwright Prize. His first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year and the International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Rebel Library Recommends this month:

Poem of the Month

The English Summer | Holly Hopkins

Dun-coloured endangered species of specialist interest;

best found on grungy paths, behind gabardines,

near shoes on school radiators, wet socks at work.

A furred creature, hood-hidden, brolly-blinded, shy.

The invasive species: a fearsome firestorm

of peeled blue sky. Allelopathic leaf-crisper,

river-fading grass-bleacher, ice-cream smiling

skin-killer, furze-burning-forest-eater, agricide.

See the burn-blisters on the ridge of this ear.

See water rationing. See heat oedema. See dizziness.

Holly Hopkins grew up in Berkshire, grew up even more in London and now lives in Manchester. Holly’s first collection The English Summer (Penned in the Margins) is shortlisted for the Forward Prizes’ Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and was awarded the Poetry Book Society’s Special Commendation.

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