3 Books Weekly #9: Featuring head of Campus London, Sarah Drinkwaker

09.00, Friday 29 Apr 2016

The following was first posted on the 3 Books Weekly email newsletter and has since been archived here.

Hi all!

We’re heading into the final week at Campus London, where the Machine Supply vending machine has been in the lobby since the end of March… our teeny popup bookshop is popping down on 5 May. (But immediately popping up somewhere else! Read on to find out where.)

To mark this chapter, 3 Books Weekly #9 features recommendations from the head of Campus, Sarah Drinkwater. Campus is Google’s space for entrepreneurs, a seven-storey space in east London with working space, hundreds of events, and mentorship for entrepreneurs. It’s jam-packed full of startups. I’m super grateful to Sarah - and to Google - for being our very first host! Find Sarah on Twitter as @sarahdrinkwater.

If you like her books, you’ve got a week to get your hands on them: They’re in stock right now. The 12 picks in the machine are refreshed every week, and this is the 6th selection, featuring recommendations from Sarah and several other folks. Check out the whole selection here.

Where next? On 5 May, Machine Supply will be moving directly to another central London location… the front lobby of Carmelite House, the brand new UK HQ of massive publisher Hachette, one of the “Big Five.” It’s an amazing spot, and just incredible that Hachette offered to host. We’ll be there for a month, and then who knows! Well perhaps you know: Drop me a note if you’d like to chat about hosting :)

Oh! One more thing. We’re trying out some new shelf-talkers. (A shelf-talker is that label on the shelf that tells you about the book.) You can now read the whole recommendation, plus see the book covers. Here’s a photo. I think they look neat.

Happy Friday,


#1. Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life, by Gaby Wood

Written over a decade ago - before AlphaGo, Siri, and Google Now - this is a fascinating look at how long humans have been besotted with the possibility of mechanical life. Mixing history, science and belief, it covers everything from Edison’s failure to build a talking doll to the infamous Turk, a mechanical chess player who toured the US and Europe in the 18th century before its secret was revealed…

Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life: Amazon / Amazon UK

#2. What a Carve Up!, by Jonathan Coe

A big, meaty, funny, angry novel. The Winshaw family have many fingers in many pies, from tabloid newspapers to intensive poultry farming and filmmaking. A screwball comedy with a real political point to make about inequality and the state we’re in.

What a Carve Up!: Amazon / Amazon UK

#3. The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories, by Angela Carter

Remember those stories we all grew up with - Bluebeard, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood? Carter rewrites, chops and inverts them. Rich, fantastical and radical.

The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories: Amazon / Amazon UK

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