Books of the Year 2018

Part One

Each year we catch up with as many different people as we can at our Christmas shows to talk to them about their books of the year and this year is no different. In Part 1 we chat with Robin Ince, Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie, Sophie Scott, Jo Neary, Ginny Smith, Dean Burnett, Gecko, Hannah Critchlow and Philip Ball. Loads more to come next week too.

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Reading List

Alan recommends:

Drunken Baker by Barney Farmer

Time Loops by Eric Wargo

Lucia by Alex Phoebe

Gef! The Strange Tale of the Extra-special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Melinda recommends:

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

Undead Uprising by John Cussans

Ginny recommends:

The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett

Inferior by Angela Saini

Dean recommends:

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Philip recommends:

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

Blueprint by Robert Plomin

Gecko recommends:

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

The Art of Noise by Daniel Rachel

Hannah recommends:

Factfullness by Hans Rosling

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Sophie recommends:

I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince

Selfie by Will Storr

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Murmur by Will Eaves

Jo recommends:

Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Widow Basquiat by Jennifer Clement

The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million by John Higgs

The Kenneth Williams Diaries by Kenneth Williams

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

The Atheist’s Mass by Honoré de Balzac

Trent recommends:

Mad Enchantment by Ross King

Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek

Robin recommends:

The work of Arthur Schopenhauer

Martin Parr: Return to Manchester from Manchester Art Gallery

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

Murderous Passions by Stephen Thrower

A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

Beyond Weird by Philip Ball

Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant

Better Than Life by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant

Fat by Rob Grant

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Aaaaargghh, Spider! by Dawn French

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The Disordered Man by Erik Kandel

You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life by Andrew Hankinson

Back Drops by Kenneth Williams

The Lighthouse series of self help books

Stranger Than We Can Imagine by John Higgs

The Outsider by Colin Wilson

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