A good book has long been the accessory of choice for the thinking man and woman. With that in mind, here’s Anglozine’s own literary favourites – which just happen to pair perfectly with the Cappuccino Kids collection…
Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
The second and most famous instalment of MacInnes’s “London” trilogy, published in 1958, chronicles one eventful summer in West London from the perspective of a nameless freelance photographer. The heady combination of fashion and jazz contrasts with simmering race relations, culminating in the Notting Hill riots. You’ve probably seen the film adaptation, most notable for being the cinematic debut of Patsy Kensit…. Kidding. It’s all about Bowie and a stellar soundtrack.
Wear with… the Zine Grey Jersey long sleeve turtleneck
L'Etranger by Albert Camus
Better known on these shores as The Stranger. The Frenchman’s 1948 classic is divided into 2 parts – the first covering the existence of French Algerian Mersault before he kills an Arab man embroiled in a row with his friend, and the second his life afterwards. Seen as the pinnacle of Camus’s existential ruminations, Mersault’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment witness him begin to question the universe’s indifference to humankind and exactly why he feels no remorse for taking someone else’s life.
Wear with…the Tail End Charlie turtle neck
Up The Junction by Neil Dunn
A collection of short stories depicting life in the industrial slums of early 60s Clapham and Battersea, these tales of life, death, sex and backstreet abortions are made especially vivid by the hyper-realistic dialogue. And it’s almost impossible to pick the book up without thinking of Squeeze’s classic song, which is always nice.
Wear with… the Pause Beige Windbreaker
Saturday Night & Sunday Morning by Allan Sillitoe
Immortalised on celluloid by Albert Finney, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning’s (anti)-hero is Arthur, a 21-year-old factory worker who fancies himself as a lothario. The lion’s share of the novel follows him as he starts his night out in a Nottingham Working Man’s Club and proceeds to romance 3 different women – not all of whom are single. The rest covers the fall-out the next day, after one of his paramour’s husband finds out and is none too happy about it…
Wear with… the Cappuccino Kids scarf
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
A stone-cold classic for readers of a lonesome persuasion, in this non-fiction work published in 1956, Wilson explores the concept and psyche of the ‘Outsider’. What started out as a journal entry in which the author lamented being in the same, all too solitary position, that many of his favourite fictional characters had experienced, turned into a literary exploration of loners through the works of Sartre, Camus, Hemingway, Van Gogh and Nijinksy.
Wear with… the Tail End Charlie Merino Wool turtleneck
From Somewhere Out Of Here by S.G Grey and M.D Sandon
Not just one for the mod purists, but a fascinating read for anyone interested in local history. Here, Grey and Sandon trace the rise of mod revival culture in the West Midlands – the clothes, the music, the haunts. And more importantly, it’ll tell you why it all happened in the first place…
Wear with… the Green Pause windbreaker
A Season In Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
Published in 1873 by the Gallic poet himself, this epic poem (we’re talking page after page here) is thought to have inspired the works of many a Surrealist - yes, even Dali. Written at a particularly painful time in Rimbaud’s life, this 9-part poem is a searing read, evoking his near-hysterical, drug-fuelled state of mind.
Wear with… Cappuccino Kids Rugby shirt
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Arguably the definitive Beat and counter-culture novel, this loosely fictionalised memoir needs no introduction. Originally written on a single, taped together piece of parchment so as not interrupt Kerouac’s flow, On The Road is the story of the Beat generation and their exploits as they zigzagged across the US in the 40s in a haze of drugs, jazz and poetry. William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Alan Ginsberg are among the thinly veiled characters.
Wear with…the Jook Shetland cardigan
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Amis’s first novel, and one of his best. That it’s dedicated to Phillip Larkin, who was also the inspiration for the main character, should give you an idea of its bittersweet flavour and spiky tone. It’s the story of Jim Dixon, a university lecturer, and his bleakly funny endeavours to impress his boss. Endeavours which are made all the more complicated after Jim meets the intriguing new girlfriend of his boss’s pompous son…
Wear it with….the Zine Blue Jersey long sleeve turtleneck