The Best Books of 2018

2018 was a great year for Of B&B as we started out on an adventure to bring literature into mainstream dialogue. From poetry to feminist non-fiction, scandalising history to psychology, we discovered some very interesting and insightful books in the past year. Here are some of our favourites that we absolutely recommend to our readers.

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Gothic Fiction is Not Horror. Not Always.

To my mind, for a number of years, the gothic genre meant horror. Eerie looking witches. Haunted castles. High-pitched screams. Dark. Damp. Depressing. But that’s not all that the genre is.

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

Humans are so full of silences and screams and suspense that we look forward to the next day with equal parts enthusiasm and equal parts anxiety. Thoughts of doom and death are never far from one’s mind. Suttree, difficult though its prose is, makes all this vocal, almost visual.