David Bowie’s son launches book club in honor of his father

The first book is Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor.

December 30, 2017

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

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David Bowie was known to be a voracious reader, famously charting his top 100 books for the public in 2013. So it's fitting that his son, screenwriter and director Duncan Jones, has chosen to honor his late father in a new, communal way: a monthly book club, beginning with one of his dad's favorites.

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"My dad was a beast of a reader," Jones tweeted just after Christmas. "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."

After substantial interest, the decision to get through a book a month became official, and the Bowie Book Club was formed.

The club will begin with Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor, "as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff." You have until February to finish the book, at which point virtually anything could happen.

David Bowie’s son launches book club in honor of his father