An informal “David Bowie Book Club” has been launched by the late icon’s son, Duncan Jones.
Jones, director of the films Moon and Source Code, took to Twitter to launch the club, describing his late father as “a beast of a reader.”
The first book Jones has chosen is Hawksmoor, the award-winning 1985 novel by Peter Aykroyd. It tells the parallel stories of Nicholas Dyer, who builds churches in 18th-century London for which he needs human sacrifices, and Nicholas Hawksmoor, a 1980s detective who investigates murders committed in the same churches.
Hawksmoor appears in the list of David Bowie’s 100 favourite books which was released in 2013. Fans wishing to join the book club (and presumably discuss each book with Jones on Twitter) have until February 1 to complete Peter Aykroyd’s novel.
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DUNCAN LAUNCHES BOWIE BOOK CLUB VIA TWITTER “Screaming above Central London…” Back in October 2013 we exclusively posted the complete list of “DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS”. (http://smarturl.it/BowieBooksFull100) In case you’ve not already seen it on Twitter, Duncan Jones has now kicked off what we’re calling the Bowie Book Club. Here’s what he said about the idea and his first selection. + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Dec 27 My dad was a beast of a reader. One of his true loves was Peter Ackroyd’s sojourns into the history of Britain & its cities. I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing… #Read-ItBig’nsTheBrain Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Dec 27 Alright gang! Anyone who wants to join along, we are reading Peter Ackroyd’s “Hawksmoor,” as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff. You have until Feb 1. + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Hawksmoor is in DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS list, indeed it’s one of the books we illustrated in our montage back in 2013. It’s also a work we’ve loved for a long time here at DBHQ, since David first recommended it many years ago. Go here (https://t.co/wNp8N91EsD) for the synopsis of this gripping and terrible tale of two Londons separated by two and a half centuries. #BowieBookClub #ReadingIsBrainFood
Last month, LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy revealed the best and nerdiest piece of advice that David Bowie gave to him while they were working together.
Meanwhile, a new BBC radio drama is to dramatise the making of Bowie’s final studio album, ‘Blackstar’.
The late artist released his 25th and final album on January 8, 2016, the day of his 69th birthday. Two days later on January 10, Bowie passed away after a battle with liver cancer.
Set to air on the BBC World Service on January 9, The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio presents an imagined account of Bowie working on ‘Blackstar’.
Dead Ringers star Jon Culshaw will voice Bowie in what is being billed as “a rare serious role”. Martin T Sherman will play Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti, and the voice of saxophonist Donny McCaslin will be provided by Tom Alexander.
Set in New York’s ‘The Magic Shop’ studio in 2015, The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio will feature dialogue constructed from Bowie’s own words – which have been taken from the hundreds of interviews he gave during his life.
The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio will air on the BBC World Service at 11.30am on January 9.