Keenan’s debut novel follows the 2016 reissue of shop favourite England’s Hidden Reverse, his epic history of the esoteric musical underground of the 1980s, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is the oral history of Memorial Device, a Lanarkshire post-punk band of mythical misfits and sideways dropouts, as told by those involved. Clear chronology is largely eschewed in favour of kaleidoscopic fragments of violence, punk, sex, psychosis, and the fertile misery of small-town life—all constantly sliding against each other, at once illuminating and obscuring the bigger picture. Hilarious and bewildering in equal measure, this will bring to mind David Foster Wallace as its closest point of reference, but ultimately Keenan is operating in a zone largely uncluttered by familiar signposts.
Published on January 4th, 2018
A rigorous and essential framework for acknowledging, understanding, and countering structural racism in British society. Having emerged from the discussions around her 2014 blog post of the same name, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race sees journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge examine the largely invisible history of UK racial politics, continuing legal discrimination and injustice, the shortcomings of intersectional feminism, and, most crucially, the everyday denial that allows racism to perpetuate. As daring as it is lucid and direct, this is an absolutely essential read (particularly if the title leaves you feeling uncomfortable).