Lev Parikian’s Music To Eat Cake By is an utter delight. A dip in-dip out collection of essays, covering all manner of subjects – from music and bird watching to sandwiches and cricket – it’s a deeply satisfying, highly amusing read, a joy for those with curious minds.

The premise of the book is interesting in itself, Parikian inviting his readers (and crowdfunders, the book published by Unbound) to tell him what they would like him to write about. The result is an eclectic, interesting and sometimes just plain strange range of subjects, the essays written with humour, knowledge and intelligence.

It would be hard to read this book and not feel invigorated. It’s essentially a breath of fresh air, a celebration of life, of the minutiae that sometimes passes us by, of the things we quite often take for granted, of the things we quite often would never think to connect. One of our favourite pieces is on The Wombles, chocolate and musical theatre in post-millennial Britain. How could anyone link them? Parikian does, admirably.

Music To Eat Cake By is one of those reads that surprises, amuses, entertains. And really, what more can one want from a book?

Highly recommended. The perfect present.


Music To Eat Cake By  | Lev Parikian | Unbound | 12 November 2020 | £16.99 | hardback |

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Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the publisher virtual book tour. Many thanks to lovely Anne Cater for arranging it and to UNBOUND for sending us a review copy. All views expressed are our own. All rights reserved. Please check out the other great reviews on the tour.


See also: Nikita Gill extraordinary vision’; ‘By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’; ‘Yvonne Battle-Fenton’s Remembered‘; ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘; ‘We should all be feminists‘; The not-so-invisible woman: 150 greats in their own words’; ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”‘; Dorothy L. Sayer’s Busman’s Holiday – Romek Marber for Penguin Crime (book covers we love).


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