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For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. GRACE WALES BONNER is For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. GRACE WALES BONNER is a 28 year old fashion designer from south-east London. She has been feted by the worlds of both serious culture and high glamour, but here’s the unusual part: her clothes come with reading lists. Interviewed by Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri for this Happy Reader cover story, Grace explains how she sees herself on some level as a researcher. She visits libraries, digests acres of complex ideas about politics and identity, and expresses them, among other things, via the realm of clothes. The Book of the Season this winter is Joris-Karl Huysmans’ AGAINST NATURE (1884), perhaps the most decadent novel ever written. Its relentless inventory-keeping thrills and inspires some readers and baffles others, and is highly relevant to this season of non-stop accumulation. Contributors include Jarvis Cocker, Lydia Davis, Rob Doyle and Jeanette Winterson.


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For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. GRACE WALES BONNER is For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. GRACE WALES BONNER is a 28 year old fashion designer from south-east London. She has been feted by the worlds of both serious culture and high glamour, but here’s the unusual part: her clothes come with reading lists. Interviewed by Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri for this Happy Reader cover story, Grace explains how she sees herself on some level as a researcher. She visits libraries, digests acres of complex ideas about politics and identity, and expresses them, among other things, via the realm of clothes. The Book of the Season this winter is Joris-Karl Huysmans’ AGAINST NATURE (1884), perhaps the most decadent novel ever written. Its relentless inventory-keeping thrills and inspires some readers and baffles others, and is highly relevant to this season of non-stop accumulation. Contributors include Jarvis Cocker, Lydia Davis, Rob Doyle and Jeanette Winterson.

30 review for The Happy Reader - Issue 14

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Howells

    The literary magazine is 14 issues and 5 years old and I’ve been reading since the start. Usually the two sections (front half bookish interview, back half articles that use a book as their jumping off point) are very entertaining. Sadly this issue is the first one that has left me unsatisfied. The interview with Grace Wales Bonner just wasn’t interesting. Whilst none of the articles (on the theme of Against Nature by Joris - Karl Huysman) grabbed me - well except the one about boy emperor Elaga The literary magazine is 14 issues and 5 years old and I’ve been reading since the start. Usually the two sections (front half bookish interview, back half articles that use a book as their jumping off point) are very entertaining. Sadly this issue is the first one that has left me unsatisfied. The interview with Grace Wales Bonner just wasn’t interesting. Whilst none of the articles (on the theme of Against Nature by Joris - Karl Huysman) grabbed me - well except the one about boy emperor Elagabalus. The Happy Reader had already shrunk from a quarterly publication to a biannual one, the coronavirus has delayed the latest issue and if I was a betting man I don’t expect to see it any time soon, if at all. If this is its final issue it ends with a whimper not a bang. Which is a shame.

  2. 5 out of 5

    cumrade

    What a poser.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claire Bonello

    Not as superbly-enjoyable as usual, but still the best magazine out there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria Lianou

    One of the best issues of The Happy Reader. I enjoyed reading it immensely.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zainab Abdul Aziz

    I really like the book review by Tara Isabela Burton and really interested to read her book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranti Ratna

    The Happy Reader. A book club printed on paper. The most aesthetically pleasing magazine I’ve read so far. It even smells good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

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    Merijn

  9. 4 out of 5

    chloe1126

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steph Burt

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason Lundberg

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Charlton

  14. 5 out of 5

    Viktorija ežiukas

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

  16. 5 out of 5

    ariel

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Li

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

  19. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

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    Matthew White

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mireya

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kara Rubenstein

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luca

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    Keithkris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clara Laitue

  27. 5 out of 5

    RaeMerriman

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosiemay

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tomas

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