LITTLE BLUE BOOK club

small but mighty masterpieces

NEW YORK

8am

LONDON

1pm

SYDNEY

11pm

A mixture of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 

 

A book club for the time and concentration poor who are craving intellectual stimulus, variety and community during these uncertain times.

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LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL BY MARTIN LUTHUR KING

This landmark missive from one of the greatest activists in history calls for direct, non-violent resistance in the fight against racism, and reflects on the healing power of love.

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TELEVISION WAS A BABY CRAWLING TOWARD THAT DEATHCHAMBER 

BY ALLEN GINSBERG

Profane and prophetic verses about sex, death, revolution and America by the great icon of Beat poetry.

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THE BREAKTHROUGH

BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER

On the windswept coast of rural Suffolk, a deranged scientist attempts to extract the essence of life itself.

THE CUSTARD HEART 

BY DOROTHY PARKER

Wise-cracking and heartbreaking, these tales of women on the edge by the legendary wit Dorothy Parker show the darkness beneath the surface of the Jazz Age.

THREE JAPANESE SHORT STORIES 

BY UNO, NAGAI & AKUTAGAWA

Beguiling, strange and hair-raising tales from early 20th century Japan: Nagai's Behind the Prison, Uno's Closet LLB and Akutagawa's deeply macabre General Kim.

THE VEILED WOMAN 

BY ANAÏS NIN

Transgressive desires and sexual encounters are recounted in these four pieces from one of the greatest writers of erotic fiction.

NOTES ON NATIONALISM

BY GEORGE ORWELL

Biting and timeless reflections on patriotism, prejudice and power, from the man who wrote about his nation better than anyone.

FOOD

BY GERTRUDE STEIN

From apples to artichokes, these glittering, fragmented, painterly portraits of food by the avant-garde pioneer Gertrude Stein are redolent of sex, laughter and the joy of everyday life.

THE THREE ELECTROKNIGHTS

BY STANISLAW LEM

From a giant of twentieth-century science fiction, these four miniature space epics feature crazy inventors, surreal worlds, robot kings and madcap machines.

THE GREAT HUNGER 

BY PATRICK KAVANAGH

By turns comical, grouchy and exalted, and including his tragic masterpiece 'The Great Hunger', some of the key poems by the writer who transformed Anglo-Irish verse.

THE LEGEND OF THE SLEEPERS

Sleepers awake in a remote cave and the ancient mystic Simon Magus attempts a miracle, in these two magical, otherworldly tales from one of the greatest voices of twentieth-century Europe.

THE BLACK BALL

BY RALPH ELLISON

Belonging and estrangement intertwine in these four lyrical short stories from the author of Invisible Man.

TILL SEPTEMBER PETRONELLA

BY JEAN RHYS

In stories that span the course of a lifetime - from childhood in the Caribbean to adolescent modelling in Paris; lonely adulthood to old age.

INVESTIGATIONS OF A DOG

BY FRANZ KAFKA

How does a dog see the world? How do any of us? In this playful and enigmatic story of a canine philosopher, Kafka explores the limits of knowledge.

DAYDREAM & DRUNKENNESS OF A YOUNG LADY BY CLARICE LISPECTOR

Tales of desire and madness from this giant of Brazilian literature.