Dusty Miller used to work with Tony Wilson at Factory Records and loves Morrissey too much to read his autobiography. She lives in Stoke Newington and is now Communications Director at Pan Macmillan. Follow her @dustyish
Shakespeare’s Local by Pete Brown
Take a copy of this fantastically friendly book and sit in the corner of The George pub in Borough with a pint of porter and you will feel as Christmassy as a Dickensian Figgy Pudding.
Creation Stories by Alan McGee
Sidgwick & Jackson, £18.99
The surprisingly moving memoirs of a rock n roll energiser. Unlike the Morrissey there are not endless grudges regurgitated and fussed over (which some people may find surprising). Creation Records where a big part of my indie adolescence and it was great to read the story of a man who is still so passionate about his music and where it can take you. Also good if you like really silly stories about indie bands doing daft stuff.
All That Is by James Salter
Will knock your socks off if you haven’t read James Salter and not disappoint if you have. My favourite quote about it from the marvellous Edmund White: ‘If God is in the details, this book is divine’.
Benediction by Kent Haruf
And beyond the divine there is Kent Haruf and his book which is a blessing given by a humane, generous-spirited and beautiful writer. I love this author so much. His writing is nourishing in a way which you find more often with music (or good soup). Read all three of his wonderful Holt trilogy. You won’t be sorry.
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
And if all those seem far too draining then go to bed with Nancy Mitford. And start again next year. Night night.
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