Guest article by Frances Kay
‘If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, then why do we read it? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we should also be happy if we had no books..... A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen within us.’ [Kafka, aged 20]
I identify with Kafka's passionate viewpoint, and, as a writer, it has set me an almost impossible task. My new novel is a dystopia - it flowed from my pen with refreshing cataracts of anger and bitter humour against the brutal, chaotic, society I created; dystopia is a perfect metaphor, and a safe one, behind whose barriers we can snipe at what we know and hate.
By Nik Perring
Published by Roast Books
Reviewed by Jessica Patient
From A to Z, Nik Perring, author of Not so Perfect and co-author of Freaks, takes the reader on a delightful journey of words he has collected and collated into his latest book, Beautiful Words. These are not just words that look good on the page. In his introduction, Perring says, “their beauty may be in their construction, or how they sound, or how it feels to say them – the shapes they push our mouths into.”
In this compact book, Perring explores fact and fiction as he reveals an intriguing word ranging from Appalachian, lisp and the most powerful word of them all - fuck. Some definitions and stories are only a matter of words long but that is all that is needed for the reader’s imagination to be unleashed.