The Reading List – November 2018

Presented for your amusement and intellectual enrichment: the best pieces of writing the Octopus Group Copy team has read in the past month. Be inspired, disgusted, entertained, or a combination of the three.

I Opened the Most Ridiculous Advent Calendars On the Market (Amelia Tait, Vice)

Journalist, Amelia Tait reviews the increasingly daft world of levelled up, overpriced advent calendars. In doing so, she creates an advent calendar of advent calendars. Expect booze, work out fuel and even sex toys. Read it now!

WIRED Book Club: We’re reading Hello World, by Hannah Fry (Victoria Turk, WIRED)

WIRED has introduced a new book club series, which will look closely at the latest non-fiction titles in technology, science, business and design. There’ll be a podcast and article dedicated to each book. The first is Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine by Hannah Fry. Yes please, Santa! Read it now!

The Grinch’s Guide to Christmas Adverts 2018 (Jonny Muir)

Former Octopede and friend of the company Jonny Muir has taken to the web to provide us with his annual review of Christmas adverts. Please enjoy this often pointed round-up of festive marketing. Read it now!

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The copy team are united in their love for the winner of 2018’s Waterstones Book of the Year. Normal People by Sally Rooney is a funny, true and beautifully observed novel that’s well worth a trip to your local bookshop (one made of bricks, thanks). Buy it now!