Books of the Year 2018

Part 2

It’s part two of our multi guest end of year special where we chat to all sorts of performers from our Christmas shows about the best things they read this year. In this all-star special there’s recommendations from Robin Ince, Josie Long, Brian Cox, the Octavia Poetry Collective, Ben Moor, Chris Lintott, Suzi Gage, Suzie Imber, Hannah Fry, Grace Petrie, Matt Parker, Chris Stokes, Dr Karl, Helen Czerski, Kat Arney, Ronnie Le Drew and Melinda Burton!

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Reading List

Robin Ince recommends:

More Trees to Climb by Ben Moor

Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier

Hello World by Hannah Fry

The work of Andy Stanton

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

Out in the Open by Javi Rey and Jesús Carrasco

The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells

Josie Long recommends:

The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla

Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside by Henry Bradley Bell

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

The work of Michael Rosen

That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang

Brian Cox recommends:

General Relativity from A to B by Robert Geroch

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne

Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Sussking and Art Friendman

The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time by Stephen Hawking and George Ellis

Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens

The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke

Octavia Poetry Collective recommend:

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

The Heart of the Race by Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, and Suzanne Scafe

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

Soho by Richard Scott

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrence Hayes

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

Ben Moor recommends:

Tom King’s Batman comics

Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughn

Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O’Neill

How To Invent Everything by Ryan North

Bitter by Francesca Jakobi

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Matt Parker recommends:

How To Invent Everything by Ryan North

The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Grace Petrie recommends:

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

Things Can Only Get Better by John O’Farrell

Past Mortem by Ben Elton

Chris Stokes recommends:

The work of John Dickson Carr

Murder in the Metro by Gayle K Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite

Suzi Gage recommends:

Blueprint by Lucy Maddox

Suzie Imber recommends:

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

The Birds by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Chris Lintott recommends:

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Impossible Owls by Brian Phillips

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity by Emily Lakdawalla

Hannah Fry recommends:

All That Remains by Sue Black

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

The Choice by Edith Eger

Dr Karl recommends:

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker

Fly! by Richard de Crespigny

QF32 by Richard de Crespigny

Kat Arney recommends:

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Helen Czerski recommends:

Chasing the Sun by Linda Geddes

Ronnie Le Drew recommends:

Puppetry: How to Do It by Mervyn Miller

The Horse’s Mouth by Mervyn Miller

Zippy and Me by Ronnie Le Drew and Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

Melinda recommends:

Be More Pirate by Sam Connie Allende

Supernormal by Meg Jay

Cicada by Shaun Tan

Jerusalem by Alan Moore


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