The Happy Reader #16

The Happy Reader is a unique magazine about reading for anyone who wishes to stay inspired, informed and entertained.With beautiful typography, the magazine is a design object which celebrates the pure pleasure of reading and the calming luxury of being offline.

Each issue is split into two halves. The first half is an in-depth interview with a book fanatic and the second half gets under the skin of one classic work of literature.

Issue No. 16

On the cover this time, sonic trailblazer Moses Sumney is photographed by Kennedi Carter in Asheville, North Carolina, where he lives.

Our Book of the Season is Sabahattin Ali’s breathtaking romance, MADONNA IN A FUR COAT. Published to indifference in the early ‘40s it’s become one of the biggest literary blockbusters in Turkey in recent years — and the question of how and why it went from underground legend to mass-market hit is intriguing, just like the layered narratives of the novel itself. Contributors include: Elif Shafak, Julie Verhoeven, Liz Johnson Artur, Rob Doyle, Richard Godwin, and Kaya Genç.


  • Page numbers
  • Snippets
  • The Interview: MOSES SUMNEY by Jia Tolentino — ‘It’s a bit weird to talk to you, because I feel like I know you’
  • Recent reads
  • Less recent reads


  • Story of a book
  • Readings by Elif Shafak — Entranced by a gender-flipping amorous whirlwind
  • Interview by Ayşegül Sert — ‘He’d find all this attention very amusing’
  • Epoch by David Selim Sayers — Put it on the lost generation shelf
  • Four artworks by Julie Verhoeven, Liz Johnson Artut, Banu Cennetoğlu and Viviane Sassen
  • Appendix
  • Letters
  • Now it’s Middlemarch o’clock