English and Dutch books you should read
Curated by James Worthy
'Brautigan is my favorite author. I have read all his work. It's about nothing, and about everything at the same time. Beauty is more important than truth.'
'There's nobody as agile with words as Tempest. Sentences like dancing elastic bands. This was my first introduction to her work.'
'An intriguing and witty book that is also very touching, just in a way that makes you want to take a shower immediately after reading it.'
'A book about masculinity, fear, tradition and change. A story about colonisation and the consequences thereof.'
'A timeless tale about how easily boundless freedom can turn into immeasurable chaos.'
Evocative and superbly erotic, Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality.
'My favorite book by Wolkers. A story about inevitability and destiny.'
'A touching poetry collection about fear of life and loss of belief.'
'A collection of short stories from the author who writes love letters to madness. "Onttakeling" is my favorite short story ever. Powerlessness has never been more powerful.'
'A wafer-thin poetry collection full of beautiful sentences. "Tegen de Liefde" is one of the most beautiful poems of all time.'
'As a child this story made me very happy. Now I read it to my son, and it still makes me happy. And my son too. Anyone can become a king.'
'Carmiggelt writes about the things others overlook. giving it a voice, and elevating the every-day.'
'A quirky literary pearl in which a man tries to forget the unforgettable.'
'This is Starik's 10th poetry collection, and one that scores nothing less than a 10.'
'One of the best books of 2019. One specific scene set around a table-tennis table is unforgettable. So raw, so painful, so human.'
'A beautiful book about isolation, about how people put up walls around themselves. This is one book i'd have loved to have written.'
A witty novel about melancholy, finding meaning, and how to be human in a confusing world. A story about the immeasurable love between a mother and her child.
A singular and characteristic novel by Worthy, about a lost generation that seems willing to sacrifice everything in the name of fame and relevance.
A collection of James Worthy's best columns from between 2012 and 2017.