A perfect Sunday with...Lauren Beukes

Boardgames, whimsy, violence and a voice that will haunt you forever

A perfect Sunday with...Lauren Beukes

Every week, a top writer, artist or creator reveals how they’d fill their perfect Sunday, sharing their favourite comfort reads, movies, food… anything that would make their weekend great.

Today it’s the turn of Bridge author, Lauren Beukes.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… brunch

Making vegan pancakes with my friends at their spot in London Fields, segeuing into boardgames or sharing favourite Youtube videos or going for a walk along the canals or an interesting market or an art gallery.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… read

I’m re-reading my friends’ riot grrl 90s horror about power of friendship, Girls of Little Hope by Sam Beckbessinger and Dale Halvorsen. For fans of Grady Hendrix and Stephen Graham Jones: a little punk, a lot of horror, a ton of heart.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… comic

Nimona by ND Stevenson is one I keep coming back to, and loved reading to my daughter when she was growing up. It’s weird, wild, funny, queer and moving adventure about a villainous knight, his shape-changing apprentice and the monstrousness within.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… movie

The Fall, written and directed by Tarsem. It’s a double narrative following the lush fantasy tale being spun to a little girl by a paralysed stuntman in a 1930s hospital. It’s a story about the importance of stories, filmed in the most stunning real-life locations on earth.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… TV binge

The new season of Fargo is fantastic, Noah Hawley has nailed the Coen’s trademark mix of odd-duck-whimsy and brutal violence.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… podcast

I’m loving No Worries If Not by Lily O Farrell (AKA @vulgadrawings on Instagram), a very irreverent but also very serious podcast about women and the Internet.

‎No Worries If Not on Apple Podcasts
‎Society & Culture · 2023

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… album

Nakhane’s Bastard Jargon - the queer South African singer/writer/actor/director has a voice that will haunt you forever. I especially love Tell Me Your Politik featuring Moonchild Sanelly and Nile Rodgers.

Lauren’s perfect Sunday… treat

I love being on a bike and being in water, so some kind of chill and lovely ride to somewhere where I could swim - without having to deal with the pollution clogging the UK’s rivers and beaches. So, somewhere in France, maybe?

Bridge by Lauren Beukes is out now from Michael Joseph.

Bridge's maverick scientist mother Jo is dead.

Now she's examining everything Jo left behind. Which is when she finds her big secret. Is it a drug? A gateway to other worlds? Jo believed so.

Bridge is desperate to see her mother again. Will do anything, risk anything. Including search for her in those other realities.

What she doesn't know is that others are after Jo's secret. And some believe anyone it touches must be destroyed. Bridge? She just wants to find her mom ...

LAUREN BEUKES is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Shining Girls, adapted by AppleTV+ starring Elisabeth Moss, as well as Zoo City, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Moxyland, Broken Monsters, and Afterland. Her novels have been published in twenty-four countries, and she's also a screenwriter, comics writer, journalist, and award-winning documentary maker. She lives in London with two trouble cats and her daughter.