DJ, presenter, writer and producer Georgia LA is the latest inspiring woman to take us through her bookshelf, read on to find out which titles the Beats1 DJ particularly loves and why.
My favourite kind of books are the ones where you learn stuff by accident. I find myself buying loads of pop science non-fiction and autobiographies which I do enjoy, but the ones that really keep me up at night are the made-up stories. Just last week I missed my tube stop ‘cos I was so engrossed in Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – an amazing book about how a girl who grew up with a chimp as a science experiment. And I’m a pub expert about ape behaviour now.
Here are some of my ultimate faves…
The Humans, Matt Haig
This is a story about an alien from an evolved planet who comes to Earth on a mission, and in the process has to learn quickly about how to interact with the human race. Written by Matt Haig – who often writes about mental health – it makes you look at our species in a totally different way (‘yeah, why do we wear clothes?!’) and is seriously hilarious. Especially as the first thing he reads when he gets to our planet is Cosmopolitan.
It’s an incredible blend of sci-fi comedy and ultimately romance, I’ve bought loads of copies for my mates.
A Visit from The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
This is a great keep-the-light-on-until-you-fall-asleep-sitting up book I read recently. Sick piece of modern non-fiction told from loads of different perspectives that spans decades – starting in the past and ending in the future. My favourite character was the celeb PR who had fallen from grace and was so broke she was stuck trying to change the public’s opinion of a fascist dictator by getting him papped in a fluffy hat!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
A classic. I wasn’t sure it would be for me, but it so is. Copote’s writing seems so simple then you read it again and realise the deep-ness! Very cool, unlike anything else I’d read at the time and one I always go back to.
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
Just finished this one – comedian Aziz Ansari’s book about dating in the modern age, written alongside a sociologist. It’s hilarious with loads of funny dating anecdotes from people he met doing research groups, it makes graphs interesting and makes you think about the ridiculous dance humans do around mating and how it’s changed over the past century.
The New Digital Age, Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen
Not for everyone, this wasn’t the easiest book to get through but it’s basically the chin-stroke emoji in written form. It’s the founders of Google predicting the effects of technology in the future and is a well interesting thinky-read.
Are any of Georgia’s favourites on your bookshelf? Join in the conversation on the @BaileysPrize Twitterand tell us what’s on your shelf currently.