Sample Saturday – an academic, a movie star, and how to write a hit song


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Why I have it: Featured on the ABC Book Club as a ‘favourite classic’.

Summary: A genre-defining novel (the genre being ‘campus’) – Jim Dixon, academic in the History Department of one of Britain’s ‘newer’ universities, battles the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survives a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch’s, and resists the desirable girlfriend of Welch’s son.

I’m thinking: Yes (because it opens with a discussion about a recorder solo).

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub

Why I have it: Probably picked it up because of the 1920s setting.

Summary: 1920, Elsa Emerson flees to Hollywood, is ‘discovered’ and renamed, Laura Lamont. As Laura’s fame grows, so do all the issues that go with it.

I’m thinking: Maybe. I’ll keep it mind for a beach read.

The Song Machine by John Seabrook

Why I have it: No idea although it goes well with a tv series that I’ve been watching, Soundbreaking.

Summary: Author visits hit-makers (the teams that assemble the hook, bridge and chorus to infuriatingly catchy effect).

I’m thinking: Maybe. Lured by the mention of Ace of Bace in the blurb but not sure I want 350+ pages on the topic.

3 responses

  1. I added Lucky Jim to my TBR list last because of The Book Club as well. That show is like tv-shopping for books. I nearly bought it last week too but they didn’t have it in the bookshop (I got another Book Club recommended book instead).

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