Hurry, you’ve only got until February 1 to finish the first book
The late, great musician and actor David Bowie was also a dedicated reader – his website details 100 of his most favourite books. Now his son, director Duncan Jones, has launched an online book club that will cycle through his father’s faves.
The club will start with Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd, and visit works like Don DeLillo’s White Noise and The Waste Land by T.S Eliot.
Jones tweeted about the project: “My dad was a beast of a reader. One of his true loves was Peter Ackroyd's sojourns into the history of Britain & its cities. I've been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing.”
“Alright gang! Anyone who wants to join along, we are reading Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor, as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff.”
Anyone wishing to join in must have the first book read by February 1, when the next book will be selected.
Hawksmoor has two parallel storylines – one is of a church builder in 18th century London performing human sacrifices and the other is a detective on a murder case in the same area in the 1980s.
Bowie’s list of 100 favourite books is pretty broad, from historical works like A People’s History of the United States to the occult (Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual) to music books, short stories and modern classics like A Clockwork Orange.