David Bowie Book Club

David Robert Jones, Musician, Song writer, Reader.

January is a tough month for David Bowie fans, being both his birthday, 8th January 1947 and the anniversary of his death, 10th January 2016.

I’ve been a fan of Bowie for as long as I can remember, music is my 2nd obsession, after books obviously, so I was delighted when a list of David Bowie’s Top 100 books was published back in 2013. See the full list here.

Then last month I was really excited to read a tweet by his son Duncan Jones saying that he was going to launch a book club in tribute to his late father.

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I’ve always intended to read the whole list, which includes some of my favourite classics, Lolita, Clockwork Orange, In Cold Blood and 1984, but my TBR pile is taking over my whole house!

I may not be reading along with all his choices, but I will be closely following

Duncan Jones on Twitter, @ManMadeMoon, to see which books he picks, and what everyone thinks of them.

A big well done to Duncan Jones for keeping his late Father’s love of reading alive.

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