If you’re starting to compile your summer holiday reading list, look no further for recommendations than Dua Lipa’s new book club. The multi-Grammy and Brit award-winning singer, who recently co-hosted the Met Gala, is launching a monthly club via her own platform, Service95 – a global style, arts and society platform that describes itself as "the ultimate cultural concierge".
Members will be invited to read a book personally chosen by the artist, with selections reflecting diverse global voices that tell powerful stories across genres. Expect everything from fiction to memoir and manifesto, recent releases to literary classics.
“Reading a book is one of the most profound joys in life,” says Lipa. “Reading provides a form of escapism, a way to understand human connection and helps us navigate human relationships. Through the pages of a book, I can go places that I have never been and feel like I have lived there for a lifetime.”
The Service95 Book Club kicks off in June with Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, which won the Booker Prize and both ‘Debut of the Year’ and ‘Book of the Year’ at the British Book Awards when it was released in 2020. Lipa will also meet Stuart at the prestigious Hay Festival in Wales on 3 June for a special live-recorded episode of her podcast, Dua Lipa: At Your Service.
“I am thrilled that Shuggie Bain is the inaugural pick for the Service95 Book Club,” says Stuart. “I have so much respect for Dua Lipa and her artistry, and I really admire that she uses her platform to inspire readers, and to keep books at the centre of our cultural conversations.”
It won’t be the first time that the singer has hosted an author on her podcast; in the past, she has spoken to renowned writers including Hanya Yanagihara, Min Jin Lee and Lisa Taddeo on the platform.
The Service95 Book Club will offer readers a chance to dip in to even more content, including discussion guides and author Q&As. There’ll be deep dives into the books that have shaped the lives of authors, and a steady stream of recommended reading outside of the Book of the Month.
“The true magic of a great book comes alive with sharing the experience, talking with friends, and swapping recommendations of what to read next,” says Lipa. “I can’t wait to do that with readers from every corner of the globe through the Service95 Book Club.”
If you often find yourself at a loss for what to read next, consider this your new monthly go-to.
For more information and to sign up, visit Service95.
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