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Joel Davie

Joel grew up in London, but has mostly lived in Nottingham since 2010, with a brief stint in Prague. After studying English and Latin at the University of Nottingham, he worked in various libraries and bookshops. He can usually be found in a pub, café or library, accompanied either by a friend or a pile of books – sometimes both.

About Joel

Why I read

I read because life is complicated. There’s too much going on. Reading keeps me from being overwhelmed, but it also keeps me from burying my head in the sand at the same time, and I don’t know of anything else that does both these things quite so well. 

I couldn’t, even at gunpoint, specify a favourite writer or book. Some writers do come to mind: Joan Didion, Robert Walser, John Berger, Zadie Smith, Joseph Roth, Teju Cole, Clive James, Sarah Manguso, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Rilke. This would be a different list on any given day.

My desert island book would probably be The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, although I might be swayed by G. K. Chesterton’s choice of A Practical Guide to Shipbuilding.

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