Love the late, great, much-lamented David Bowie? Also happen to love reading? Then you'll be delighted to hear that Bowie's son, the film director Duncan Jones, is starting a David Bowie book club.
Refreshingly, the newly announced initiative isn't a going to take the form of expensive book subscription box, or an exclusive, limited online club. Instead, Jones (who gave us the rightly acclaimed sci-fi movie Moon, and the slightly less acclaimed World of Warcraft), is taking an egalitarian, accessible-for-all approach to sharing his father's well-known love of literature.
Each month, he'll simply be picking one of Bowie's top 100 books – you can peruse the full list here – and, after giving his followers time to read it, will start up a Twitter discussion.
"My dad was a beast of a reader... I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing..." Jones said in an online post.
The first title he's selected is Peter Ackroyd’s award-winning 1985 crime novel Hawksmoor, which he describes on Twitter as an "amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff" – and readers keen to join in have until February 1 to complete the novel.
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. ❤️— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 27, 2017
Alright, you. Let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/U1QvNmtjGi— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 30, 2017
Admittedly, with its themes of human sacrifice and the ongoing struggle between reason and occultism, Hawkmoor might not be everyone's idea of a cerebral amuse bouche. But Jones's newly formed club is already sparking online interest in the novel.
Future titles, if taken from Bowie's 2013 list of his top 100 must-read books, could include anything from Albert Camus's The Stranger, to TS Eliot's book-length poem The Wasteland, to Angela Carter's Nights At The Circus.