atomised - houellebecqMy sister’s just started reading this, which reminded me of its existence. I read it when I was about the age she is now, during a lonely period in my first year at university. It’s striking in the first instance for its front cover – my sister says she’s been getting some weird looks on trains – which is fitting given the sex that courses through its pages. But the book runs deeper than that, touching upon the loneliness and loss of direction that so many of us have to contend with in an ever more connected, yet more atomised world. A great read from the supposed “bad boy” of French literature.

Set in France.

Recommended by @lewisalloyd.

Buy the book here.