Essayism: a Booklist by Brian Dillon

EVENT: London Review of Books contributor Brian Dillon will be in conversation about the past, present and future of the essay form with Max Porter at the Bookshop on Thursday 22 June. Book tickets here. Below, he introduces a selection of his favourite essay collections.

The map of my favourite essays probably arranges itself differently each day – it’s in the nature of the form not to settle. Here are five collections that matter right now: from flying over London in 1928 to the desolating end of the 1960s in LA, from a journey to see an eclipse to a tour of the objects on the author’s desk. These books have in common things like place and madness and the vexing pleasures of writing and reading. But mostly I think of them all as examples of the essay’s ideal combination of precision, style and adventure.

Selected Essays

Virginia Woolf and David Bradshaw

From the publisher:

This selection brings together thirty of Woolf’s best essays across a wide range of subjects including writing and reading, the role and reputation of women writers, the ...