Each book in the library tells its very own personal story of how it came to be there.
As curator of the (W)riters’ Library, Damian Barr – journalist, playwright and salonierre – invited ten of his favourite writers from both sides of the Atlantic to each choose ten books which reflect their personal taste and mean something to them. Inside each of their chosen titles they have included a handwritten introduction, explaining why they love a particular book, why it resonates with them and other idiosyncrasies such as who they were in love with or what they were wearing on the day they fell in love with that book – short stories in their own right.
Open to W London guests and members of the public, the ten authors in The (W)riters’ Library are: Bret Easton Ellis, David Nicholls, Hephzibah Anderson, Geoff Dyer, Ned Beauman, Alex Preston, Naomi Alderman, Sloane Crosley, Jake Arnott and Craig Taylor. Between them, they have chosen 100 books from classics to graphic novels, including Warhol, Fitzgerald, Dr Suess and Atwood.