I love this piece. I’ve struggled with book clubs, mostly because they remind me of when I attempted to study English literature in my first year of university and found myself at odds with almost every (very literary) mind in the room.

What I do love, in the absence of bookish friends within tea-sharing distance, is the ‘bookstagram’ community. It’s basically one big One-Way Book Club. All of my recommendations from the last two years, except Sally Rooney’s Normal People, came from Instagram.

China specialist, feminist, political scientist in progress. Reviews, socialism & everyday academia. Low-brow, no jargon/acronyms. Editor of The Open Bookshelf.

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